First, I got organized. I put together a binder very similar to the one I saw HERE. However, I don't plan to take my binder into the grocery store, so I used a regular three-ring binder with plastic pocket dividers and baseball card sleeves. Simple.
I snagged this zipper pouch from my son. He barely used it last year, so it was in good shape. I keep my pens and a calculator in there.
These pocket dividers are for me to keep store specific items in. This blue one is for Krogers. It has the sales flyer, a list of all my digital coupons that are loaded onto my Kroger card, my shopping list, and the coupons that correspond to that week's list. I have another divider for Target and Dollar General.
And these are the baseball card sleeves. My son got a binder with 100 pages in it from K-Mart for $19.99. He gave me about 20 of the pages and we were both happy. I have one page for each of my categories, which I got from the Kroger website. That's my main store, so it works to use their coupon categories.
Once my husband saw how serious that I was about couponing, he set about to giving me a brand new pantry that would accommodate all my stockpiles of food. Ha ha! Seriously, though, the pantry I was using was a whopping 26" x 38". So, we converted a half bath into a new 58" x 67" pantry. Yayy!!!
The wall you can see is the shorter of the two walls. I can't get a photo of the other one, but it is larger and holds all my canned goods, baking items, extra sodas, paper goods, and much more.
Ok, so are you ready to see my first haul? I shopped the Wednesday weekly ad at Kroger, and I used my e-coupons, Sunday newspaper coupons, and 10 for $10 Kroger specials to get all of this.
These 23 items would have cost $63.45, but I paid just $29.25. That's a savings of $34.20 or 54%. Wooo hooo!!! Next time, I'll be able to save even more by purchasing more of the 10 for $10 items. I didn't really get how much you save with those items, so I purchased 10 total by mixing and matching. Next time, I'll get 10 of each item and see how that works out.
This was my first trip, so I'm feeling pretty good about my savings. And, best of all, it didn't take me very long to organize my list and my coupons. I'm hoping to keep learning more ways to save, quickly and simply of course. Do you coupon? Do you have any great tips to share? I'd sure love to hear them.