I think coupons are awesome. Back in the day, I thought coupons were for saps. Seriously, I thought only "losers" used coupons for anything.
I am proud to announce I am now a coupon loser. And proud of it.
I am not going to pretend that I know all the secrets to couponing, and many times I find that when only using coupons it's cheaper to buy the store brand of something (cheese slices, zip-top bags, etc) than use the coupon for the name brand.
However, I have discovered shopping the sales. Every week I scour the sale ads from my local stores and plan my menu around that. It's amazing. I save like $30 a week shopping the sales.
Now, add coupons on top of those sales and the savings are great. For instance, this week Olive Oil is on sale at one of my stores, plus the coupon I have and I'm getting an $10 olive oil for $4! 60% savings and we ALWAYS need olive oil.
I'm excited about shopping this week, I have a TON of coupons in hand and I now shop different stores to make the most of their sales. Yes, it's extra effort to shop the sales, but part of my job is to save us money when we can!
PS - I credit www.southernsavers.com for telling us what's on sale and where to find the local coupons. Wonderful stuff!