I slay myself.
I began clipping coupons way back in the early 80’s, while I was in college, living on my own, and calling a box of Stove Top Stuffing dinner. I blame it on my genes, but I’ve always been thrifty by nature.
I’ve pretty much kept the same coupon dividers, but I evolved from a coupon envelope to a clear index box. So that I might also keep a small spiral notebook, a sawed off sharpened #2 pencil, small calculator, an emergency tampon, and a stash of gum.
Because that’s the only gum hiding place I have that the kids have never thought to look. The tampon is simply for insurance. This is a well thought out plan, until I attempt to take notes with the tampon. But, whatever.
Dutifully, I clipped coupons every Monday, after perusing the Sunday paper. And cleaned out the expired coupons at the beginning of each month. And I only clip those coupons that are for products that are already on my shopping list. Mostly. Just recently I finally let go of a coupon I had in my file from 1985. It was date stamped at the bottom, but listed “no expiration date” at the top. So I hung onto it. For 25 years. I finally cut it loose because if I hadn’t felt the need to purchase Potatoes Au Gratin since 1985, I likely never will.
Last year we decided not to get the Sunday paper any longer. I was disgusted by the slanted editorial, and the coupons were the only reason I bought the paper. And half the time someone had pilfered the coupons from the stack of papers at the grocery store, so it was a waste of money in my estimation.
So I began to rely on online coupon site for my couponing needs. The site I use most often is CouponMom.com. I simply select the coupons I want each week, and print them out. But I’m limited as to the type and amount of coupons offered.
Last year, I began using an online coupon clipping service called The Coupon Clippers. These are the real coupons, not copies. I was dubious at first. I always assumed those services were a rip-off, and could not deliver what was promised. But I found The Coupon Clippers through e-Mealz, a company I thoroughly trust.
Basically, I go through the data base and select the coupons for items that I regularly purchase. I can also request duplicates for coupons for products that I will purchase more than one of. For example, I check the expiration date, and figure out how many of those I might purchase in that time segment. The price of each coupons varies according to the value of the coupon. A coupon for $1.00 a bottle of Tide might cost .05 cents per coupon. That’s a pretty good return.
After I order all the coupons that I want, the price of the coupons is tallied, and the sales tax and handling fee are added on, and the tax and fees are usually about $1.00. Depending on how much I’ve ordered. Far less expensive than the cost of a weekly newspaper. And I place an order every month or two.
Rachael Woodard is the sweet gal who runs The Coupon Clippers out of her home. She’s also a homeschooling mom, so she automatically has a special place in my heart. And I’ve recently learned that she is going to be leaving on a medical mission team trip to Moldava later in July. The Facebook page to support the Moldova Medical Mission Team can be found here.
I love finding small businesses like this that pay so much care to customer service. And I love being able to share my findings with you all. The Coupon Clippers have a very fast turn-around, and I usually receive my coupon order within the same week.
If you’re a coupon clipping fanatic like me, check them out. And if you are hanging onto coupons from 1985, our support group will be meeting weekly.
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