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One of the ways I save money is by using coupons.   I started couponing about 2 years ago and was loving it. My stock pile was growing and so was my coupon pile. I heard a bunch of different stories on how to organize coupons. My coupons soon outgrew my accordion binder thingie. I was putting them in envelopes and sticking them I’m a baby wipe container. That didn’t work well taking them into the store with 3 kids. And u can’t see your coupons inside white envelopes. It just wasn’t working. I was also dating and stacking my inserts and cutting as I go. That got confusing, overwhelming and messy. I had heard about the zper binder with baseball card pages but was too cheap to go out and buy stuff just to save money. I was couponing because I had to. Not because I was taking the amount I was savng on my grcery bill to put in a fund for a rainy day. (A lot of ppl coupon to save for something special. Vacation, car, ect.) I was getting coupons in the mail, from newspapers, peelies, blinkies, tear pads. Insde package boxes.  It became a huge mess and there were darn coupons everywhere!  I got tired of it and threw them all away.  Now once a couponer always a couponer. It was hard to grocery shop without them.  I cringe at the thought of paying full price for things.  I avoided shopping at all costs and would only make small trips here andthere.  Well those trips add up and my stock pile dissappeared.  I’m on my last free stick of deoderant and thought I needed to get organized and get back into the groove.  I broke down and spent $4 on baseball card insert pages.  I am using an old zipper binder of M’s (the rings are broken so I will need to buy a new one). I saved about 3 weeks of inserts and spent last Tuesday cutting them and puting them in the binder.  Wednesday I went through my sale ads, made a detailed list, and hit the stores.  Because it was the middle of the week a lot of the items on my list were out of stock.  And I should have grabbed rain checks, but since I’m a reborn coupon virgin I forgot.  :(  well I hit up rite aid, wal mart and giant eagle.  Drum roll……..  giant eagle: $5.01 ~ 2 oral b tooth brushes, 9 candy bars, jello pudding temptations, 5 sobe life waters, coffee creamer, and philly cooking creme
Rite aid: 3 transactions- 2 crest prohealth toothpaste $3.35. And 2 $2 up rewards. 5 sobe life waters. Used 1 $2 up reward from toothpaste and paid $1.80 oop. (Out of pocket) got $1 up reward. 8 robins egg bags. Used $1 up reward from sobe and paid .05. So I spent a total oop $5.20 and still have a $2 up reward from the toothpaste. And at walmart I ended up with a spic n span cleaner, travel deoderant and olay wash, 8 candy bars and 2 lunchables nd spent $1.49!!!  I can’t wait to go this week :) what do you do to save money? Do you have any cupon tips for me? Id love to hear your comments.

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