With my 2 or 3 coupons I'd go out the door and those for those couple of items and then wonder why I didn't really see any difference in my bill. So, I gave up.
Then one day I was looking on Twitter and put in coupons for the fun of it. FUN?? OMG!! It was like I hit the jackpot. I found a few 'mom blogs' and it all changed. I started to look at all the cool deals they were finding and decided to try some.
Then 3 BIG things happened. #1 my local grocery store began accepting printed coupons. #2 I learned how to match ads and coupons instead of making mindless lists. #3 I discovered CVS.
I began saving money hand over fist (pun intended) and my hubby was constantly shocked. "Why didn't you start doing this before now?" he would ask me, but I just couldn't give him a good answer.
I started off with a big wallet type thing for my coupons, then went to an accordion folder. If hubby wanted to go to the store I would tell him to let me know with lots of time so I could get organized. It was a pain in the butt. Then I discovered it...the coupon binder!!
I bought a 3" binder (actually first bought a 2" binder but it was not big enough) and a bunch of baseball card sleeves. It took me 3 days to sort and categorize all my coupons but it was soooo worth it. Now I can just get up and walk out the door again 'on a dime' when hubby beckons. Yes, I have to make sure I keep everything together and I do still make lists of the sales I want to coupon match but this has made my life so much easier.
What do you do?