Step #1: Couponing
Though we are admittedly the opposite of millionaires and not yet “super shoppers”, we are determined to live like no one else. Yes… well, according to Dave Ramsey, that’s the key to becoming the nouveau riche: live like no one else.
The way Matthew figures it, if we pretend to be Trojans gearing up for battle with our coupon binder like no one else, we’ll get rich twice as quick. Obviously….
As hopeless overachievers, we took Charlie and went to CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, Aldi, and Walmart in one afternoon. (Aldi is the best deal in town for those things for which you do not have a coupon and are not on sale.) Charlie is a very serious couponer and lends a lot of street cred to our act. He throws around words like “catalina machine” (the special machine that prints out the coupons you get with your receipt) and believes everything can (& should) be purchased with coupons. He knows his way around the CVS Magic Coupon Machine and has a keen eye for store coupon dispensers. Sometimes saving all that money can make him a little hyper, but he does his best to keep it together considering the pressure he’s under.
We shopped the sales and matched them with coupons, sometimes stacking a manufacturers coupon with an in-store coupon, and always trying to take advantage of the Register Rewards (Walgreens) or Extra Bucks (CVS). Along the way, we collected other coupons for next time. Our total today was $79 for $155 worth of goods. We saved $76 and totally stocked up on household essentials and groceries!!
We have started using a coupon binder like hers, which makes it that much easier at the store. We organize our coupons with baseball card protector pages. We found the pages at Staples (with an online 50% off coupon), added them to a binder we already had on hand, and then subscribed to our local Sunday paper (we found an online promo code). Saving just $2/week in coupons pays for our subsciption… plus we get the news, recipes, and the comics (good for reading and wrapping gifts). The paper will also be great for our organic lasagna garden, mailing packages, doing messy art projects, and washing windows (lint-free and cheaper than paper towels).
How about you? What are your experiences with couponing? Do you dread the thought… or do you love a good challenge, like us?