Well...I have more time than money so I make this work for me. And work it does!
Let's say it's Pepperidge farm Goldfish (which my kids LOVE but I am usually too cheap to buy). The store has them for $2.19 regularly. But this week, they are 10 for $10.00. A huge savings right off the top but when you combine a $0.50 off of two coupon, it becomes an amazing kid-pleasing bargain. It works out like this:
This was my reciept from last night's shopping trip.
Before my coupons and my loyalty card, I spent $224.32. A big amount....
But after my coupons and my loyalty card, I only spent $120.83. (I don't count the $10 cash on top of that.....) ---I also earned points off of my gasoline fill-up, $0.10 off of every gallon for every $100 that I spend.-------
So I saved $108.82.....that is a BIG amount, too. I saved almost as much as I spent. It's like getting half-off of my groceries. And admittedly, last night wasn't even my biggest night. Not a slow night, but I have done it better and bigger.
My point is that coupons are NOT that big of a hassle. They are not that hard.
You can work the system to benefit your family, too.
Now I'm gonna answer the questions I always get when I post about this:
1) I shopped locally at MARTINS® Food Markets. They are located in Winchester, VA and they double coupons up to $0.50 and their loyalty card also prints out coupons.
2) I use a homemade coupon box. I find the ones that you can buy are too small and not organized how my mind thinks: so I made my own. A $0.99 plastic shoe box with a fold-down lid, and homemade lil dividers (using up the scrapbook papers!) It works great! People always want to look at it in the store.....Especially when I am checking out and the cashier says "You saved $108 today with your coupons..."
3) Yes, it's true.... the paper is filled with coupons for products that I don't use. But I manage to find LOTS of product coupons to save my family money. You can too!