anytime i spend less than i saved = a big win for me.
(i guarantee you, if i blindly went to target and purchased only the 3 laundry detergents, toilet bowl cleaners and medication, i would be close to that $37 amount. hummm, maybe i will test that theory!)
also, try to remember that when you’re starting out you are still learning the ropes. try your best not to get wrapped up in shows like “extreme couponers” and expect to have HUGE savings at checkout. just an FYI (even though the people featured on the show clearly say this), those shoppers spend up to 40 hours (or more!) a week planning their shopping trips, scouring the internet for printable coupons, purchasing many sunday papers in order to get that coupon insert, clipping all of their coupons, etc. most people i know don’t have the luxury of an extra 40 hours in their week to plan like that. do you?
also, from what i have read on a few coupon blogs, many of those couponers on the show have committed “coupon fraud”. i’m not saying all of them – but several of them have done so. try not to let that show’s end result sway your attitude about saving money.
personally, i have about 30 – 60 minutes a week that i dedicate to my coupon shopping list. and that time is spread out over the entire week, not in one sitting. after my kids go to bed, i may sit at the desk in our office and look online or look through my ad’s. but that is it. i am highly satisfied with my results after spending almost no time putting together my list. i’m not an extreme couponer but yet you can see how much i saved in the above listed shopping trip.
and i’ll always be your helper and cheerleading in couponing, if you ever need the help or someone to pat you on the back for your efforts! 😉 any savings = savings!