I’ve been teasing about this post for weeks now, but I have been busier than a one-armed paperhanger on Thursdays and Fridays lately, and it just never gets written.
But I decided that it cannot wait any longer…because if you live in the South, and you would like to never pay for toothpaste again, you really need to check out this blog.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve always wanted to try couponing, but felt that I just didn’t have the time to devote to it. I mean, I had visions of women spending hours organizing their coupons, pouring over their four copies of the Sunday paper and typing up a list of which grocery store had pickles for 3 cents less than the others.
Yeah, I don’t have time to do all that.
So, then, enter The Godmother. She attends this seminar, and becomes the coupon master. She graciously shared her new-found knowledge with me, and let slip the secret to her success.
Jenny, who runs the site, does all of the work for you. Well, not the cutting out the coupons part, or the actual shopping, but for real, everything else.
Where should I begin?
She goes through the sale papers every week, makes a list of all of the good deals for each store, and notes coupons floating around that you could use on each item. When I say “coupons floating around,” I mean that she tells you what date Sunday paper they were from, and which “booklet,” or gives you a link to where you can print the coupon online.
A lot of her lists even have this thing where you can check off the items that you want to buy, and then you can print that list with the items you want and all of her great notes for those items.
And, even better, she actually gives you ideas for what to buy and when, and with what other items, so you can save the most money. Separating items into multiple orders is one of her tricks that I think is just pure genius.
Are you over there looking at it? If you’re not, you should be.
Yes, she told me (well, me and everyone else who reads her blog) how to make $1 profit on their toothpaste. And I totally did it.
You think $1 isn’t that much, and it’s really not, but when you start getting lots of items for free, for profit, or for huge discounts, that can cut hundreds off your monthly budget.
She also has sections on her blog solely devoted to explaining to you the ins and outs of couponing. Which stores do double coupons, whether you have to buy both items in a buy-one-get-one-free sale, explanations of all of the customer loyalty account rewards (you know, those little cards you scan at checkout), coupon lingo guides…seriously, everything you need to get started.
You can easily find the info for your favorite store, because she has everything very well-organized with categories and tags. You can quickly find the most current deals at each store, the best deals for the week on “need-it-now” items, and links to getting more coupons.
I am not joking, ya’ll…I started actually getting into this like three weeks ago, I spend maybe two to three hours per week on the planning and shopping combined, and I’m already getting a bunch of stuff for free and saving 60% on my total bill.
See, this is why I’ve been so into couponing lately. Because I don’t really have to do anything. She does all of the thinking for you. All you have to do is clip and shop. Done.
Yeah, whatever…I’m getting old and lame and totally detached from the youth of America…but I got toothpaste for free!
Suck it, young single professionals with your expendable incomes and minimal credit card balances! You have a life full of wild excesses and negligible responsibility, but i have FREE TOOTHPASTE!
Um, yeah, so just go check out her site, and buy a Sunday paper this week. See if you can’t get something for free, or something for like one buck. I promise it will make you feel like you just had a triple shot of espresso.
**I yoinked the logo from Southern Savers without permission, so if the owner sees this and wants anything removed, just let me know. **
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