Today we’re going to hear from Julie, who wrote in with the story of how she used to shop and how she started couponing. I think this is a story many of us can relate to....we've all had that "ah-HA!" moment where we realize that there is a better way to do things. Take it away, Julie!
I was always a religious Walmart shopper. I would spend an average of $85 a week for my husband and I...and for this amount of money, I was only able to purchase the BASICS of what we needed, never any extras.
One night I came home from work and switched on the local news. They were running a teaser for the 10 pm broadcast which featured a local woman who used coupons to shop at Publix and who claimed to save an enormous amount of money doing it. I had to see this, so I set my DVR to record it in case I missed it.
When I sat down to watch the news, I was amazed. The woman showed off an envelope stuffed full of coupons that she was intending to use on her next shopping trip, and she gave a short run down of how she planned to use them. She mentioned that she read this blog among others, saying that all the work is done already...all she had to do was follow the suggestions for which coupons to use.
Needless to say, I went straight to my computer and started learning. I spent several months learning all the rules and went to a local couponing class run by a local blogger. I started trying my hand at couponing and started to save at least 50% or more each shopping trip.
I still spend anywhere from $60-$150 each week, but now we have two kids who require diapers and formula! I find myself cringing when I have to go to Walmart between trips to Publix and often tell my husband that I just spent $x at Walmart for two bags of groceries when that could have bought a buggy FULL at Publix!
Thanks for sharing your story, Julie!
I can always use a few new volunteers for the Reader Spotlight – so please write in if you have a story to tell! Your post can be about almost anything to do with couponing. You can tell us about a particularly good or bad situation you’ve dealt with as a couponer, about how you got into couponing or how couponing has impacted the rest of your life, you can make a list of things every new couponer should know…just about anything, really! If you think it’s interesting and it has to do with couponing, email me with your idea at contactiheartpublix @ gmail.com!