Okay, so for years…I have been trying to coupon. I clip and clip and clip….only to get to the store and it seems like I can only use like ONE or TWO coupons and my grand savings are usually around, oh, I don’t know…$2.00 or so! So then I “quit”…I give away or throw away (yes, I have done it!) my coupons in frustration! Then several months later I will hear people talking about their GREAT savings and amazing stories of getting things for 25 cents, 50 cents, and in some cases even FREE!
I have read articles, blogs and even BOOKS on couponing trying my best with my little mind to comprehend ALL of this overwhelming information! So then, once again, I will clip, clip, clip and it all starts OVER AGAIN!!!!…..This has been going on, for…..let’s see….pretty much since I’ve been married, so about 5 years!
All of this brings me to my AMAZING friend, April Brumm. April and I go to church together and she, honestly, is one of the nicest, most sincere people I have ever met. She is always talking, e-mailing and telling unbelievable stories of “couponing“, and not just saving 1 or 2 dollars like I had always done, but saving REAL amounts of money! I have always been amazed… and a little jealous…of these stories.
Well, a month ago, I once again started my trend of clipping coupons and feeling OUT OF CONTROL with the chaos of it all, when I put on my facebook status something to the effect of giving up on coupons forever! And what Happened???…
Lovely April Brumm came to my rescue! Within MINUTES she offered to help and by the end of the day, she had called and told me to come over one day soon and “learn” her tricks! I can NOT TELL YOU how excited I was!
The girls and I went over on Tuesday, and while her wonderfully patient and kind husband, Chuck, watched all SEVEN KIDS (my two, April’s two and 3 others she was babysitting!!), April made me coffee…(I told she’s GREAT!!)….and taught me how to “coupon.”
So, today I started…I had my list, my coupons, And I headed out to the store WITHOUT children, which I have to say, is SO wonderful! I almost felt like I was at the spa… Driving to and walking through Kroger with NO children…It was pure goodness!
And I have to say, I did GREAT! Here is what I got:
And I just WISH the picture could do it justice!!!! There is TONS of meat, fresh veggies, bread, condiments, cleaning supplies and tons more….
For….here goes…..a SAVINGS of $70.18!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OOP was $68.23, which means…I SAVED more than I spent!!! And I MUST add, I got….EIGHT FREE ITEMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am SOOOOOOO excited that I FINALLY am understanding how to coupon and coupon the RIGHT way!!!!
THANK YOU APRIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!