I took a break and tackled this, since my first edition of the newspaper will be arriving soon. The Kindle version was only $3.99...so I downloaded it to my iPhone. :) It's really repetitive, but that was the only thing that bothered me about it, lol. Overall, its a great source to read if you're new to this and don't fully understand all the ins and outs.
I can 'loan' this book out for 14 days if you have a Kindle or the Kindle app for your phone or tablet. Let me know if you want to borrow it! If there's a few of you, I'll start a list.
They have an active blog, thekrazycouponlady, if you want to check it out. After reading this and their blog, I realize I won't be getting the full potential of all the savings I could. But I'm okay with that. I mean, how much food can Brent and I really eat? I'll still stockpile, but do Brent and I really need 20 tubes of toothpaste, lol?!? I also found this blog, Coupon Mom. It's free to join her site and I find that her coupon match ups are easier to read.
I only signed up for 1 copy of the Seattle Times and they recommend that you have 4-6 copies. I can print online coupons and if I really want more of something, I'm okay just buying them on eBay. Buying multiple copies of the newspaper isn't worth the cost for just Brent and I. If we have children, I might change my mind later on.
In the book, they share that one of the husbands couldn't give up a brand of toilet paper, so they would spend the money to buy it. But the rest of the family used the cheap/free stuff, lol. I've always been pretty loyal to my favorite brands, but I am slowly letting that go. Unfortunately for me, there will be more than 1 thing that I can't give up on for specific brand names. But regardless, we will still see savings, so that's all that really matters.
- Kerastase hair products
- Bare Minerals and Clinique make-up
- Bath and Body Works soap and lotion
- Tide laundry detergent
- Starbucks drip coffee
So, I tested out my new skills yesterday and I think I did pretty good. I wanted to go to Safeway and Walmart, but since traffic was bad and I had something to do at 8pm, I only got to Walmart. I was able to buy all this for $0.77 including sales tax...bringing my savings to 82%. What I saved pretty much paid for the book. PS...I work and live close to many shopping places, so it's not really out of my way to go to Walmart for 3 things. :)
All right, I'll be back with something crafty tomorrow! Off to Safeway to get some soup and Jamba Juice!