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A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle: Crazy Couponer?

A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle

"I cast my lot with a Marine and where he was, was home to me." ~ Anonymous.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Crazy Couponer?

Well, I have been having some really great success using my coupons over, nearly, year.  I'm saving an average of $10 at the commissary per week.  This is actually pretty good considering, until recently, I was only using the free coupons I would get in the mail.

I'm now saving a bit more than that each week, I'm getting a Sunday paper.  Actually, I get two... It's sort of a fluke as to how I ended up with two, but they are different papers from slightly different areas, so I get slightly different coupons in each.  The husband and I have discussed adding a third paper, or seeing if any friends want to get one and I'll do the leg work, but we'll share the savings with them.  The theory I came up with is that I throw away a bunch of coupons for stuff we don't use.  I don't need fabric softener, I have dryer balls, I don't need baby products and I can't use grocery brand makeup because of my acne.  So, if we could combine the coupons we don't use and ones we do, to split the savings with someone, that would be awesome.  We'll see if we do it though.

For now, I have decided to take my savings to the next level.  I've realized that I can do better with a little effort.  So, I made the big push today.  I started a full on coupon binder!  Complete with categories and dividers, and eveything!  It's nerdy, but was a good way to spend a day, since I'm still sick with the crud and didn't have much energy to do much else.  :)




I got the Table of Contents and the Category dividers from The Krazy Coupon Lady at www.thekrazycouponlady.com.  She has the best website ever and this is one of her free downloads.  It was awesome.  My coupons had already been divided by category, but I only had three or four.  She has subdivided, and has like 36!  Love it!!!  The freakishly organized, OCD, nerd in me was in a little bit of homebody heaven today.  HAHA!  I even pulled out my little paper trimmer from my scrapbooking tote (you heard that correctly, I have a tote with wheels and compartments and all for my scrapbooking stuff. I'm a big, huge nerd!!!)  to help me cut through my Sunday inserts that much faster.

My only issue now is that I'm going to have go into a bit of a full on Crazy Couponer world for a few weeks.  I haven't used a civilian grocery store in almost 6 years, so I have no idea how to compare what is a better deal to get on sale at, say, Safeway, VS. what will be a better deal to get regular price with a coupon at the commissary.  Today, I sat down with my Sunday ads and made a little spread sheet of what the price was, and what the final price was going to be with a coupon.  The problem is, there were only like 5 things that I knew the prices for at the commissary off the top of my head... So, starting Tuesday, I will be be going with a spreadsheet and grocery list to the commissary, with coupon binder in hand, to compare prices and get what I can, then head home to my local grocery store to get what is cheaper there.

It's gonna be a bit crazy for a while.  It's going to take a few months to get the hang of sale cycles and retail prices and sale prices etc.  The commissary doesn't really do that.  But, my hope is that I can combine the retail sales and the commissary everyday prices to maximize our savings to really cut down on our grocery spending.  That is our #1 expense each month, as I'm sure it is for most people.

So, be prepared!  I'm making the scary transition from normal, everyday wife who uses a few coupons, to Krazy Coupon Lady in training!!!!  I hope you all don't mind if I share a few of my adventures in couponing here!  :)

Oh, and I am waiting for there to a little better sunlight to take pictures of my newly painted rooms.  I want the colors to show well on camera.  :)

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