I just did my grocery shopping with my boxes (yes, you read that right, boxes) of coupons. I’m one of those people who hand the cashier a wad of coupons big enough to choke an elephant. It takes me a while to clip and sort the coupons, and sometimes I wonder if it’s really worth all the time and trouble to do that. Since I trade for coupons and get uncut inserts, I often have the additional task of matching like sheets and stapling them before I cut them to make it easier. They have to be filed in my coupon boxes and if not used, discarded when they expire.
I don’t have every coupon ever printed in my coupon boxes, but it looks that way. Often when I shop, if I have extra coupons that will help, I will offer them to people or leave some on the shelf to help those that come behind me.
But is it worth it? Where I live, they will double up to and including $1 coupons with a $50 purchase. However, they will only take 5 alike coupons per shopping trip. Before coupons, my total was $216.19 tonight. After coupons, I paid $84.19, for a savings of $132.00. This is the most I’ve saved. With the exceptions of running in for forgotten things or milk, I usually save at least 40% off my grocery bill each time I shop. I think it’s worth it for me.
I try to match sales and coupon savings to get the best deal. Sometimes that means “stockpiling” items that were good buys, even if I can’t use them right now but will in the future. At one time, I had over 70 pounds of coffee that I got either free or below $1 a pound. I still don’t have to buy coffee. I won’t try to stockpile things with expiration dates though. I’ve paid 9 cents for a pint of coffee creamer, 49c for a bottle of shampoo and gotten things like hot sauce, chips, pretzels, koolaid, cereal, candy, cheese, and a lot of other things free. I donate to food shelters, help families around where I live, and let my daughter “shop” in my basement with my stockpile.
What about you? Do you use coupons? Are you a “power shopper”? Do you hate seeing someone in line with coupons?