In all honesty, this week has been a quiet one for me. I’ve been holding off on buying anymore Christmas presents until I find some really great bargains. However, today I did do my first coupon shop in a long time.
The coupon shop was for a short documentary I’ve been filming for some University students as part of their degree. Last week I did an interview with them answering all their questions about what couponing is, how it saves you money and how it has impacted my life. I was slightly terrified of doing it at first, but it ended up being a lot of fun.
Today, they filmed a before piece and an after piece for my coupon shop, and for the bit in-between I took them with me and showed them how to do it (well how I do it anyway).
I didn’t do anything fancy, I simply worked it so that anyone could do it. I went on a few of the sites where you can find coupons such as Caring Everyday, Supersavvy Me, and a new one called Victoria. I then printed off the coupons for the brands I knew our family used, and the items I was running low on my stockpile for. That only took me around half an hour. I then checked out the prices online and worked out which ones were on offer and the ones I needed to use a coupon for. It took me about an hour to plan the whole shopping trip, so it didn’t take up too much of my time.
I’m not going to lie, I was very nervous. Mainly because I didn’t have my coupon buddy with me, my mum. She always comes with me so it was strange doing it on my own and showing other people how to do it. I give advice and tips but I’ve never taken anyone along with me to teach them. However, it wasn’t that bad at all as all the items were in stock and I was able to get everything on my list.
Checkout always makes me nervous, just in case you encounter any problems. But I was prepared and as it goes the supervisor was more than helpful and we had a smooth and calm checkout.
I managed to bag £52.12 worth of cleaning supplies and toiletries for just £22.94. That’s a saving of £29.18.