However, most of the tips and coupons would help families who eat lots of boxed food - but recently changing our style of eating, we are no longer eating processed foods, so the area where we can save the most bucks would be in the cleaning/paper/bathroom/kitchen product area. We will always need tissue for our bums!!
Even after questioning these tactics, I still attempted to apply what I learned to my everyday. I spent about a week (no joke) filing and organzing the coupons we got from the Sunday papers. I went to a local deli, and he said he would save the flyers for me. Each Monday for a month, I went to the local deli and sorted through the leftover papers, taking out the flyers I thought would be used. Taking these babies home, organzing, cutting, and filing the coupons away. I searched the store flyers for sales that would align with the coupons, giving me a surplus of savings! My best deal was Pledge products for only 25 cents each :)
I started to skip the deli every Monday because life got in the way and it became a horrid task, not something I looked forward to. The recycling bin was out of control with the amount of newspapers I was throwing away. My binder had coupons, and though I seemed organized and bought cute color-coded tabs - it didn't stop the expiration date from lurching up and snatching the coupon out of my hand.
What became of my coupon venture? Most of the coupons expired before I had a chance to use them. Fail. Total Fail.
(Repeat this scenario about three times)
Over the course of the past year, I tried and tried again to become a coupon collecting junkie. You know what?! It's a full time job. I don't have the time to get my groceries for free. And I am okay with that.
What I did gain from reading this book is respect for those that CAN cut coupons and literally walk out of the grocery store with money in their pockets. Me? I will keep a couple in my purse, and save myself some coins. I will use them when we are eating out. I will use them to get a free blizzard (with a purchase of another wonderful blizzard). But big bulky binder? No sir. Consider it retired.
*On a side note, I did not misspell quean in my title. While playing Scrabble today, I learned this word meant prostitute - therefore, it seems fitting to find a place for it in my everyday vernacular. So a Coupon Quean is a coupon hussy.....for which - I am not.