When I first started to take coupons seriously, I followed a lot of coupon blogs. I soon found out that most of the blogs and websites out there were not based in the North East. That presented a problem for me because that is where I live. I soon realized that some of the deals and sales that were posted didn't apply to any stores where I live. Couponing New England Style was born!
I began using coupons about 28 years ago. I would cut out a bunch of coupons, stuff them in an envelope and head off the the grocery store. Usually the envelope would still be on the kitchen table. Oh well.
When I did remember to bring the coupons, I realized even if I used most of the coupons I had clipped, I would still be spending more money than if I bought a cheaper brand without using a coupon. So the coupons didn't get clipped anymore and I went about my shopping. Until the next money crunch hit. That is when I started clipping again determined to save money some way, some how.
I have done well using coupons. Many people ask me if I always used them the way I do now. It's a yes and no answer. I picked up the habit from my mom of always stocking up on items when they were on sale. I didn't always use coupons to stock up on those items.
I did use a coupon caddy, one of those silly wallet types that attaches to the handle of the shopping carriage. Until one day it spun around and emptied all the coupons on the floor in the middle of the store. That is when I moved on to a large recipe box. I used that for a few years until I was unable to fit all my coupons and was unable to find what I was looking for. Shopping trips turned into exhausting 6 hour adventures.
Finally, I found the perfect fix. A rubbermaid container with a lock cover that fit perfectly in the carriage seat!
While I was shopping and using my coupons I would get people saying "good for you", "how cleaver". Most people didn't say a thing. They would look and keep on going. That worked fine for me until about 4 years ago when it all changed.
While channel surfing, I came across a show called "Extreme Couponing". Um. Maybe I could learn a few things, if not, the pure entertainment of the show was worth watching. That is the day that changed my life. I discovered a coupon binder! Yup, the binder changed my life, not the show, LOL.
I started with a 1 inch binder, moved up to a 2 inch and am currently in a 5 inch zipper binder. Times they are a changed.
So, now I take my binder everywhere I go, except people don't look the other way anymore. Some people are kind, some are not. I just chuckle and merry about my way finding deals, FREE & CHEAP. Providing for my family putting the money I save towards things that my family need and sometimes just taking a few extra dollars to treat myself for a job well done.?.
A journey to saving money...One coupon at a time
Couponing New England Style