I have been couponing it seems forever. But in reality I have only been seriously paying attention to my savings in the last year. My mom and grandmother taught me to coupon when I was a little girl and I have never forgotten. Though I rarely used their advice until after I got married and had a child.
In today's economy it is even more important to save where I can. Thus my journey to serious couponing over the last year. Unlike the show "Extreme Couponing" or many of the websites I use each week, I do not stockpile more than I will use or buy things I do not need/like. My goal each week is to save an average of 25% off of my bill at stores I regularly purchase from. This does not mean I will not purchase items at full price. But it does mean that if I don't need it immediately, I will wait until it is on sale or I have a coupon or best of both worlds -- I have a coupon and item is on sale!
In the last three months, I have saved approximately $1700. Unfortunately or fortunately, our renovation project has eaten that money and none has been saved. Hm mm, I think I have my next project in regards to couponing -- Open a savings account and put the amount saved each week from my budget into it. I can use my savings for Christmas shopping or on my vacation to Orlando in January! Stay tuned to see how it goes.
So do you coupon?