I have a confession to make. Although I’ve always been frugal, I’m not an avid couponer.
But I want to be. I know that if I can save as little as $10 a month on groceries, that’s $120 more a year in my pocket. I’ll probably never be one of the super couponers (see TLC’s Extreme Couponing, below) you see on TV, but I’d like to start saving some cash here and there. I hear it becomes second nature once you get going.
Savings.com sent me this creative “History of Coupons” graphic that I want to share. (I tried to put the image directly on the blog, but it’s huge! Make sure you zoom in to read all the text.) The history, appropriately for Atlanta, begins with Coca-Cola coupons and ends with a futuristic prediction for the year 2030. What do you think couponing will look like in a couple decades?
I signed up for CouponMom.com (whose column also runs in our Deal Spotter print section on Thursdays) for a little help getting started. She has a couple video tutorials that make using the site easier.
Last night on my Target run I had coupons for dish soap and hand soap. Total savings: $3.69. I know, not impressive. But I’m working on it. Plus I was proud of myself for even remembering that I had the coupons.
What coupon sites have you found helpful? What information would you give to someone who has just started couponing? On average, how much could a one-person, two-person or four-person household save?
– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter