I Enter the Coupon World

Remember a few weeks ago, I posted about my shopping methods and techniques for saving money??  Well, I received a challenge from a friend and neighbor.  She is a couponer.  She gave me some tips as to how to coupon and really save money.

Her advice enticed me and well, I guess I just decided to try it out and see if I really did save money.  So I watched a few Extreme Couponing shows and sat down with a plan.  I was going to test drive the whole Target, Kroger, and Wal-Mart coupon experience.

Ahem, for the first few hours of this plan, I sat there staring at the grocery list and felt overwhelmed and a little unnerved.  This was uncharted territory.  I had sworn off coupons because they never really saved me money.  I just ended up spending more than I had ever planned.

To be honest.  I was afraid.  It became apparent, I was suffering from Coupon Stress Disorder.  I had no idea how in the world I was going to save any money from collecting coupons.  The more I tried to match my ads to coupons; the more I was getting a little frazzled.

I persevered though.  Fought my way right through this plan.  AHEM sorta.

The plan was to see if I could not only save money with coupons but to shop for an entire month’s worth of shopping. I had tried the month shopping trip once before and it bombed miserably.  But, I wanted to see if there would be a huge difference in a large trip vs. a smaller trip to the store.

Since I don’t receive the paper, and the coupon basket is a hot item at the library.  I had to figure out a way to get coupons.  I’m a little old for dumpster diving at the post office for coupons!  Well, my friend advised me to check out Coupons.com.

Ahem….

My addictive personality combined with the “high” I get when I save money on a good deal made Coupons.com my new “drug” of choice.

Oh man, that last statement sounded pretty….. neurotic!!  Wonder if there is a Couponers Anonymous group???

So anyway…..

I sat for hours clicking on the coupons I wanted to use.  That’s when I discovered the Target coupons.  I knew from experience that Target would text digital coupons that one can use in the store.  But what I didn’t realize was that there was an entire section to Target.com with coupons that you can download and print.  This made me wonder???  If indeed there was a Kroger digital coupon system as well.  I had seen in their ad that they advertised coupon usage.  So my curiosity was enticed.

That’s how I discovered Kroger’s digital coupons that can be downloaded to my kroger card and used at the checkout.  I was tickled pink.  Really, I felt like I was back in school getting an education!!

Well, since Wal-Mart doesn’t want to be left behind in the dark ages, I felt for certain that they too had some sort of app or website with coupons.  They did have an app but it offered something different.  I will explain in just a bit.

First….. though….. I want to share with you the coupons from Target.  If you go to http://www.coupons.target.com you will find this……photo (1)

 

Neat huh??  You select the coupons you want and then print them off.  Yay.  Simple.  Easy. and well Fun.

Kroger, on the other hand,  can be done either by category or sorted by relevance.    You have to sign up with your kroger savings card.  It isn’t hard to do but isn’t as easy as printing them right out.  However, since printer ink is made from gold.  Being able to just use the digital system does make sense.

You can go to Kroger.com or simply download the App….

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Oh, and just another FYI….. On Fridays the digital couponing at Kroger’s has a free deal.  Be sure to check out the Free Friday Deals.

Then, Wal-Mart…… They have the coolest App ever!!  I recently downloaded it to my phone and could not believe my eyes!!  Eventually, you will be able to shop in the store and check out from your phone.  Yes, that’s right.  You will go to the register with your phone and then check out.

Go to http://wm5.walmart.com/scanandgo/ and click on watch the demo and see this cool idea!!

Now, here’s the beauty of the App that we can use to coupon shop.  See, there is this list option on the App.  If you are in a Wal-Mart, you can use this list to keep up with the amount of money you are spending by scanning the items before you put them in your buggie.  Wonderful tool.  But, I thought it would be helpful to see if I could really save money with coupons.  What I did was use the list option to find the cost of an item in the other grocery ads.  Once I discovered if it was cheaper at Wal-Mart, I used the item’s coupon at Wal-Mart.  If Kroger or Target’s price beat Wal-Mart’s then I applied it to Wal-Mart.

It took time to really plan out this huge trip.  It took time to make my month long menu, item list, school supply lists, hygiene lists, etc.  Then making the comparisons and the coupon matching added to the time.  It took me 3 evenings to get everything ready for me to set out on this adventure.

Come back tomorrow and I will share my shopping experience.

…if a man will not work, neither shall he eat.  2 Thes: 3:10

 

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