Coupon shopping does not work for me ;(

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Registered: 12-31-2010
Coupon shopping does not work for me ;(
Mon, 10-22-2012 - 12:23pm

I normally grocery shop at a mega mart, with a meal plan for the week, a list of basics that might be on sale and my cash.  A method that works really well for us.  But sometimes I watch these couponing shows and feel I am missing out by not leveraging the sales and coupons to stock up my pantry and get the best deals.

So this Friday after work I went in armed with four weeks of coupon flyers, my ad, printable coupons and even some store coupons I had mailed to me.  I got some good deals because my store adds a bit to the coupon as a match (50% up to $.50.)  My pantry is loaded with named brand soups, pasta, sauces, refried beans and the freezer has frozen pizza, garlic bread, etc.

1.  I spent $42 over my budget - but I did get a lot of stuff.  I was in the store for over 2 hours, looking through coupons, checking deals, etc.!! 

2.  Some of the stuff included 8 bags of Halloween candy - well I got $1 off three bags, they were on sale, they had an instance $.75 on each bag and the store matched the coupon by $.50 - So $3 in coupons minus the sale price for three bags.  Then I had more coupons and more sales, so I am good for Halloween, wow, what a deal.  BUT we have never had Halloween at this house and we are on a dirt road back in the woods - if we get 10 kids I will be shocked.  So who will eat all that candy??? HMMMmmm  (I did buy things I like!)

3.  I am making DH lunch this morning and had enough lunchmeat for one sandwich - his 2nd sandwich was a PBJ.  I forgot to get his lunchmeat!!  I didn't stick to my routine so I forgot and have to run out today for a few things that were not on my coupon list.

4.  I have no idea what the meal plan is for this week!!  DH wants chicken marsala and I have the chicken, linguine, but no mushrooms!!  So back I go.

Lesson learned:  I do better if I stick to a menu plan created by scanning the ads, and by all means WRITE A LIST and carry cash!

Oh, and then I felt so good about my grocery hall, I went out clothes shopping and spend $223!!  Ok, I needed some nicer things for work, and it was buy one top, get one half off, and $25 off over $100 as well.  Arggghhh!

Sales and coupons - KEEP ME AWAY!!




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Registered: 04-03-2013
Thu, 04-04-2013 - 10:48pm
Coupons are nice for online shopping or for times when you are low on money. However, I do see your point. It can be easy to spend more than if you were not going to use them. However, as long as you are not totally broke at least you got more for your money. :) I do see your point though. But don't be too hard on yourself. It happens to everyone.