I've recently started to really try to save money by using coupons. And you know what? It's HARD!!!
I've done some decent shopping trips using coupons, but I'm far from one of those extreme coupon using people. I'm averaging about 47% savings at Kroger which isn't too bad. I enjoy matching my coupons up to sales.
The reason I think it is hard is because I've made some blunders. One week it was only an extra $2 spent because it was the wrong item, which really annoyed me. Today at Kroger I was shopping the "Buy any 10 participating items and Save $5" sale. I go with a meticulously written list. Unfortunately I lost $5 of savings when I didn't realize the shampoo that I was buying wasn't one of the participating items. I didn't realize until I was home that I only had 19 participating items instead of the 20 needed to add up to saving $10. GRRRRR!!!! What should have been $35 was now $40. :(
It makes me so upset to realize that I failed my shopping trip. I think I've decided to now put 21 items on my list for sales like this from now on. That way I may pay more for one item, but it will ensure the extra $5 savings which helps my bottom line.
Anyone else enjoy couponing? Any tips? Where do you get your good deals?