Thursday, April 21, 2011

Extreme Couponer I Am Not...

But oh boy do I envy those who are!  TLC's Extreme Couponer is getting a ton of exposure in the blogosphere.  Most bloggers are going crazy over some of the antics (aka hoarding) on the show.  I'd, on the other hand, am completely in awe over the skillls of these moms! 

Last night's episode was off the charts exciting for me.  Now, before I get bashed, I want everyone to know that I realize some of the things they do (like buying cat food when they don't even have a cat) is a little ridiculous.  But, how can one not be super jealous over a 95% savings at the grocery store?

Hello my name is Jessica, and I have coupon envy! 

Last September, I saved my first circular from the Sunday paper.  It took some time for me to build up the coupons, but at one point in November, I actually saved about $70 on an order.  That order, though, totaled $220.  I spent way more than I typically do, just to save $70. 

I totally get the coupon match up/pair with sales concept, and I definitely have a "math brain", but this phenomenon blows my mind.  I am sure I'm not the only one who feels this way. 

Always one to enjoy a challenge, I have a renewed desire to get into couponing again -  hard core - but with baby steps (a little contradictory, but that's me in a nutshell!)

Here are a few of my lofty goals:
  • Spend $100 per week on groceries and household goods (I spend closer to $200, if not more, right now.)
  • Snag free toiletries left and right
  • Get paid to take home items from the store
  • Use overages to pay for meats and other things that I don't have coupons for
Not too crazy, huh?  Based on what I've seen online and on TV, I know this can be done.  The competitive side in me has come out.

I will win at the coupon game.  Come hell or high water, I will win.

As with most things, I'd like to get by with a little help from my friends...Is there anyone out there who can help a girl out?  You don't need to be an extreme couponer, just another mom who does a great job using coupons to save a bunch each week and wants to share her strategy. 


Ginger said...

Everyone is definitely blogging about it, myself included. I can't wait to hear how you do. I wonder if there is more to the story than what we are seeing on tv. They have to be stacking coupons or doing something that you really shouldn't. Even if I buy what is on sale AND I have a coupon for every item, it is never down 95%. Oh well better luck this weekend.

Amy said...

I've tried to do the coupon thing over the years...I'll get all excited and then it loses its appeal ~I guess I'm not disciplined enough because I ALWAYS spend more than I would initially. So, so much for that but I must say I love your writing style and humor!! I will now be following you around the blog-sphere...waiting on your next post... :) MOMmetime

Kris said...

I can def. help you out, it's really easy. The day I got my picture taken at Shaw's, I spent $34 and saved $64. I only got veggies, fruit, meat and yogurt (plus a few household cleaners). Let me know, I'll gladly walk you through it.