The other day I was discussing my new hobby (couponing) with one of good friends and how hard is. His advice to me was to “Get Organized”. He said the people on the show are serious about their couponing and are very well organized. So I told myself if am going to be successful at this I have to get organized as well. A trip to Staples was in order and the only reason why I went there was because I had $10 store rewards that I earned from recycling my old HP ink cartridges which was about to expire. I also had more to recycle but totally forget to give them in, maybe next time.
Before the store run I did some research on what supplies I would need. The overall censuses was a binder/plastic box or coupon file folder (small or larger), 3 types of sheet protectors (regular, baseball/trading cards, and coupon), and dividers. I have tons of regular sheet protectors left over from doing my portfolio deck and a mini coupon file folder, so I didn’t need to buy these items. I then did a price check of everything else online.
Since I’m a Staples Rewards member I always get emails about sales and coupons but they usually go in the trash. However, this time I lucked out and found 2 soon to expire coupons that I could use: 40% off all Staples Better Binders, and 50% off all Staples Dividers. Before coupons and tax my total was $18.97 but I only paid $3.67. I swear I was cheesing on the inside, while watching the register add up the purchases and then deduct the amount of the coupons.
For the first time I felt a little what those extreme couponers feel. It was really cool. So over the weekend I sat down to get my binder in order. I started with the dividers, making one for each store I frequent the most (Target, Walgreens, Duanereade, CVS). From my research I knew I needed a copy of the coupon policy, so I printed the ones I could find. Lastly it was time to clip and organized the coupons. Any coupons that was tied to a particular store went in that section. Everything else was organize by expiration date, the sooner ones on top.
Since my last post I done three trips and started a mini stockpile (more on those in a future posts). It’s nothing like what is on the show but am proud of it. At least I won’t have to buy certain personal items for months. I hate running out and being force to buy at the regular prices. Most of its because I am brand snob and the other reason is I have sensitive skin. I rather stick with what works for me.
Now that is done I can focus on food and restarting my savings accounts. I spent a lot of money on eating out. I want to cut back on that and start cooking more. A month into this experiment I think I am doing good.