Couponing... you clip the coupons for items you use from the Sunday paper, then take them with you when you shop and save money! What's not to love? Well, quite a lot actually.
First of all, I don't read the Sunday paper anymore. Secondly, how do I get those weekly coupons that come in the mail, when I don't always have a mailbox? Thirdly, do I really want to use expensive ink for e-coupons? Also, I always forget to use that coupon I brought with me! These are just a few of the issues I have with using coupons!
Click "add" and the coupon is stored in your grocery store's club card
Okay, maybe *you* all knew this, but I was completely in the dark about all the great modern couponing options that are attached to the little club card you pull out at the check-stand! Then, a few days ago I was looking for the online flyer for the local Port Angeles (WA) Safeway, and I saw the light! Did you know that you can view local weekly sales flyers online, then click on the coupons area and load the coupons you'd like to use? The coupons are then "stored" on your card... so if you buy the item before the expiration date the coupon amount is automatically taken off the grocery bill. You don't even have to tell them you're using coupons!
There are many stores that have this couponing option... Fred Meyer is another one that I specifically checked on.
If you don't see all the coupons you want at your "regular" store's site, I also found out there are other sites that will add coupons to your store's card:
Cellfire.com, PGeSAVER.com, Shortcuts.com, Upromise.com...
I haven't used these sites yet, but I'll check them all out before my next shopping trip.
I don't know if I'll ever be one of those extreme-super-coupon-saving-shoppers, the kind that get their groceries for free and speak in a language I don't understand (with lingo like "price matching" and "doubles"), but it's progress!