Day two


accordion-filed coupons

My coupons are finally organized - well sort of...

I have spent most of day two trying to organize my coupons and make a plan of attack for shopping day tomorrow.  I really have no idea where to start.  I’m trying to take advice from other couponing websites, but I’m already a bit overwhelmed.  I finally got my coupons clipped, in order, and filed in my dollar store (got to be thrifty) portable accordion file.  Where do I go from here?  Is it better to make a list of things I need and try to find coupons for them?  Or should I be looking at what store I can get the best deal at while using the coupons I have?  Do I need to look up every store’s flyer and compare prices?  This is going to be way more time consuming than I ever imagined!

To make this experiment fair, I should disclose my normal shopping habits.  I’m not proud of it, but I’m a spontaneous shopper.  I rarely make a list and I tend to go with my emotions of how I’m feeling at the time of what I buy.  On the rare occasion that I’m planning a meal and know the recipe already (most meals I tend to choose a recipe depending on what I have in my fridge and cupboards), I usually end up walking from one end of the grocery store to the other and back again because I keep forgetting exactly what I need.  I usually buy more than I want to at the grocery store because it looks good, and I can’t go into the drug store without picking up ten things that I don’t need because I want to try them.  I do tend to buy on sale, though, and if I find a really good price on items that I use a lot of like almond milk or toothpaste, I will buy a bunch and keep them in my cupboard for when I need them (this I learned from my mom).  I also don’t tend to eat a lot of processed or packaged food, so most of the time I end up spending all my money on produce, meat, fish, and eggs (which are going to be hard to buy with coupons).  Although I definitely spend money to feed my chocoholism and my love of ice cream.  With all this in mind, you can see how this planning and couponing is going to be a steep learning curve for me!

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