I don't understand how to use coupons.
I mean, I get how they work - you print/cut out the little slip of paper and get cents off a product.
But I don't get how you walk away with $80 of groceries for only $5. I have an online friend who paid $1.60 for $147 worth of groceries. And that was only because her total had come up negative and they made her buy something to give her a positive bill!
I take coupons to the store - but my $0.35 off a brand name product - lets say zip-top bags - is still more expensive than the store brand. So I buy the store brand. Now, some things are better off with the name brand - trash bags, oreos, etc... But for a lot of items the store brand is just as good or better and cheaper than the name brand even with a coupon.
So how on earth are people coming up with negative balances from using coupons when I, at most, save $5. Don't get me wrong - I'm happy with my $5 when I can save it - but I want to be saving $50! Or at least $15!
If you are a champion couponer, please explain it to me. And don't just show me websites - I've been to them all and I still don't get it. Anyone want to offer to walk me through the store on my next trip to figure all this out?