One thing I have learned that is a key to coupon shopping and saving money is organization! It is vital to me.
I love making shopping lists with scenarios. I write down my transactions, which coupons to use. Etc. Then I take the coupons and paper-clip them behind my coupon list. And they are in the order in which I will I will use them. Like Rite Aid for example. the $5/$25 must be first.
This past week has been a rough one for my physically. I was not prepared for my shopping trip yesterday at all. I went into Walgreens to shop yesterday and was in there 2 hours. My coupons were all in an envelope, I had no list, no plan, no organization, just a mental list of diapers and a few other things. Oy vey. I never want to do that again. The sales clerk was so understanding, as always, but I think we all were a bit frustrated. I had done Friday since they had their family/friend discount and I had a lot of RR to burn er use, but I was so unprepared. In the long run, I ended up spending more because of it.
Right now I have a all my coupons in envelopes in a box. Its just not working out so well. I am going to try the coupon binder method.
So this week, I did hit Rite Aid and Walgreens and the local Farmers Market. But I did not need to go to the grocery store.
So far on my totals,
I have earned $40 with Rite Aid Shopping
I have used Rite Aid shopping money to pay for Walgreens, where I usually stock up on diapers and other necessities in life.
Is couponing worth it? Oh yeah.