I will never forget the day that I saved $203 using grocery coupons and taking advantage of store specials. Although it was four years ago, I remember it like it was yesterday. I was on a mission -I walked into the store prepared with the week’s grocery ad and matching coupons for the items on sale already clipped and separated. I went up and down the aisles, buying the items I had matched with my clipped coupons. (This particular store also had several Buy One Get One Free specials and doubled coupon face values, which added to the savings). The total for a cart full of food was…
…$63, even the clerk was surprised. She handed me my receipt with my savings circled at the bottom I literally got goose bumps. Some people may think getting goose bumps over coupon savings may be a bit silly but it is such an exhilarating feeling to know you are saving money!
This was also the day that I decided to do something creative with the money I was saving from every grocery shopping trip. At the end of every month, I transfer the amount I have saved in coupons for that month into a savings account that I opened for this purpose only. Coupon and store specials savings are usually totaled at the bottom of the receipt so it is really easy to add up the savings.
Once a year, I withdraw the money in the account and use it as spending money on my annual vacation trip. I have been doing this for four years and to date I have saved over $2,300. When I have children, I plan to replace the vacation account with a college savings account.
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I am anxious to see what other people are doing with their coupons savings so please feel free to share your ideas!