Okay, I admit it. I have been watching TLC. Sometimes late at night, when I am writing for this blog, I have been watching the new reality show Extreme Couponing. Now being a stay at home dad, I have been trying to find ways to save money and be a good steward of what God has blessed my family with, and one idea that has popped into my mind is…COUPONS. I just hope my “man-friends” don’t start making fun of me.
I haven’t gone crazy and started dumpster diving for left over newspapers, as I have seen some do, but I have taken the first step and started to actually buy the local newspaper. This practice goes beyond all my reasoning because I know I can find any news I need for free online or on some blog…BUT I have to say it has been kinda fun looking through the pages, searching for those money-saving cut-outs. The only questions I have is…NOW WHAT?
I was recently at the store and I got to see one of these “extreme couponers” at work. She had a couple of carts full of random stuff and a big organizer notebook full of neatly labeled coupons. After about 20 minutes of scanning her stuff, the clerk said, “That’ll be $3.75”. I was amazed. After returning to the store in the past month, I have seen 3 different moms do they same thing with same kind of savings. The last time I was there and I witnessed this, I told the clerk, “I guess, I’ll take the paper too,” and I was converted.
Unfortunately, now I have a bunch of coupons but I’m not sure what to do with them now or how to get more [like the lady with the organizer] and capitalize on my new paper treasure chest. So, I thought I would blog about it and see if anyone out there has any tips for me.
So what about you? Do you coupon? Do you have any tips that could you help out this new convert?