But, despite my reservations, I decided to give it a whirl. I gave myself two rules:
- Limit my couponing to two stores.
- No buying anything that I wouldn't have bought before. Even if it was a really good deal.
- Subscribe to several couponing blogs (mostly ones that share the weekly deals).
- Start saving the paper coupons that I get.
- Start printing some coupons (NOT all) that I knew I would for sure use.
One of the best parts is that couponing blogs are not limited to coupons for food. They share all sorts of coupons and other great deals. While I have saved money on food and other items from my local pharmacy, the other savings have been above and beyond that.
The other day, thanks to a Heads Up on one of the blogs I read, I heard about a sale on Toys at Target. I thought it would be great to get ready for some of the Birthdays coming up, and found some other good deals that I couldn't resist. Yes, I'm already thinking about Christmas this year.
I spent a grand total of $63.66 on a bunch of toys at Target:
- 2 Wild Planet Spy Gadget Kits (Includes 1 Lazer Battle System, 1 Motion Detector and 1 Micro Nightscope)
- 1 Polar Express Train and Track
- 3 Olivia The Pig Playsets
- 1 Mater Saves Christmas Disney Pixars Car Set
- 1 Flick Trix Props DVD with Fit Bike Co
Had I paid full price it would have cost me $254.64 at Target! On Amazon it would currently cost me $250.74 (and that is with free 2 day shipping on some items)! So that's a total savings of $187.08! Is that evidence enough that couponing (and reading couponing blogs) is worth it?
I won't continue on about other awesome deals I've found, (like other deals on toys, or a ton of pharmacy items that the store paid me to buy) but I will say this, it's definitely worth the money saved!