Growing up, I was no stranger to coupons. My mom would use them when she got them in the mail or the paper, if it was a product she was regularly going to purchase. I remember her little coupon holder and even found one for myself when I moved out on my own. It had a clear pocket on one side for the coupons (stacked in order of department of course) and the other side held a notepad, perfect for writing this week's list on.
A few years back, I even started subscribing to some online sites where I could go and choose my coupons and have them sent to me: Save.ca was my favorite.
But I was pretty forgetful with my coupons and time after time, they sat unused in my little coupon holder, so I kinda stopped doing it altogether.
And then I saw some episodes and got excited about it again. My excitement subsided when I realized that in Canada, there must be some different coupon legislations as there's no way we could EVER get those kinds of deals!! Apparently, there is only one store in the Country that allows coupon stacking and my grocery stores sure don't coupon match!.... so I forgot about it....
Until this past weekend when I saw it for the first time - a SERIOUS COUPONER!! Yup, strolling the cat food and litter aisle at Walmart, there she was!! A thirty something gal with her binder opened up, as she scanned the prices of cat litter!! She noticed my look right away, I was so intrigued I wanted to ask her questions like where do you get your coupons? is there a tip to organizing your stash? How much money do you really save? But I didn't know how to do it without coming off like a totally lunatic. Then, as she passed me again, I tried to sneak a peek at her binder and she got really embarassed, closed it and booked it down the aisle, never to be seen again!!
Shoot!! Missed my chance. I'm not so sure why she was embarassed. I wasn't judging her, I was thinking she was awesome! It got me excited and inspired again. Obviously, this lady relied on coupons enough to need a binder, so there must be something to saving money this way after all!
Later when I relayed the story, my brother mentioned his girlfriend had a binder and even brought it out for me to see! That was enough for me, I immediately got out the coupons I did have:
Got myself a binder
Labelled up some dividers and some great little plastic pages
and until I have a second to buy some proper business card pages for the coupons, I subbed in some regular plastic pages to file them in
Oh, and then I set to work ordering all sorts of coupons online.
Now all I have to do is get our printer working so I can start printing even more coupons for some of our favorite brands!
I'm excited to see how this goes and will share my progress with you!!
Are there any couponers (extreme or otherwise) out there that want to share some tips with me?