Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Distraction in Action

There has been personal drama abound in my life of late and I am in desperate need of a distraction. I've decided to throw my energy into couponing. Yep, that's right: couponing. I'm ashamed to admit that, until last week, I had never so much as clipped a single grocery coupon. What a wonderful world I was missing out on! Who knew that you could stack manufacturer and store coupons? Who knew that Bi-Lo and Publix auto-double coupons up to 60 and 50 cents respectively? Not me! But I learned, oh did I learn, when I decided to enroll in the Coupon 101 class offered through a local church's women's ministry. While I'm very skeptical of the connection between coupons and the Big Guy Upstairs, I did learn a great deal and I'm pretty stoked about my new knowledge and plan to capitalize on it as much as possible. Check in with me this time next year. I'll be a full-blown hoarder with stockpiles of boxed mashed potatoes and mac n' cheese in my basement three-feet deep.

In the meantime, let me brag about my scores today at Bi-Lo:

My total purchases amounted to $21.28.

My total after coupons: $5.88

Jealous yet?


  1. Congrats on the new hobby, I, for one, am truly impressed, and, I'm sure my #2 son is also very impressed AND grateful, to say that Sean is frugal is a definite understatement, but, I'll bet you already knew that.

  2. Papa R.P. can help you with the stockpiling. I bet there is meat in his freezer from 1989 if you need some.

  3. I have no idea what you're talking about and I don't want to know. :)

  4. I too am completely obsessed with couponing! Check this out. I've managed to score $125 in giftcards to CVS because they honor competitor pharmacy coupons. (thank you Rite-Aid) And with those gc's, I've scored around $200 in merchandise (thanks to mad coupon skills) plus earned another $40 in extra care bucks that are just like more gc's there. It's an addiction that my hubby can totally get behind. LOL!

  5. So this works for some people? Cause I usually find I can get the store brand item cheaper without any coupon than I can buy the name brand with the coupon. Maybe I just haven't been doing it right.