Being buried by a landslide of coupons is not my idea of a good time. Sunday’s newspapers had lots of coupons. I spent a good amount of time cutting and sorting and preparing my grocery list. I’m “in to” couponing, you see. Several years ago I traded coupons, shopped with coupons, and had shoeboxes full of the little critters. It was fun. It was work. It was being thrifty. At least that’s how I remember it…
Nowadays, I follow several blogs about couponing, saving money and deals of this day and deals of that day. Among my favorite blogs on this subject are
- Stockpiling Moms http://www.stockpilingmoms.com/,
There are many more. I get their timely tips, print the online coupons, match up the coupons to my favorite grocery store’s specials and write out my list. It is much more efficient, but still time-consuming.
However, I am more organized this time around. I credit my friend and personal organizer, LuLu, who has helped get on me the road to simplifying by encouraging me to sift through my “stuff” and declutter. So, it was only natural that I purchased a coupon organizer notebook and organized grocery list forms for my little ol’ self. Did I think about how much time that would take to categorize all of those slips of paper weekly? Or what a mess I’d have on my desk until I got around to actually sorting them? Of course not. Sigh… did I say simplify?
It all seems worthwhile, though, when I come home from the grocery store loaded down with bargains and freebies – and sore feet and a headache! Getting a good deal or something for nothing is always nice. So is having a full pantry for emergencies or those times when repairs or unexpected bills hit the checkbook. I recommend everyone have a preparedness plan and a full pantry just in case. We never know what may happen, especially with the crazy weather happening recently. Don't get me started on that!
Please leave a comment about your couponing strategy and/or experiences. What blogs do you follow on this subject? I’d love to hear from you!