I have a love/hate relationship with coupons, I love saving money, but I find using coupons confusing and time consuming. By the time I get done planning menus and making a grocery list the last thing I want to do is go through my coupons. Plus the coupon inserts we get never have all the coupons listed on blogs, the grocery stores near me arenâ€™t major chains like Safeway that get included in coupon blogs, and internet coupons only print about 30% of the time for me. Every week I save my coupon inserts from the Sunday paper, but lately I rarely use them. So when I was asked to try out the free coupon website OurCouponHome.com I was curious to see if it would work for me.
After I joined the website I went to the forum for the grocery store closest to my house. First of all I was pleased to see that they actually had forums for the grocery stores near me. OurCouponHome has many grocery stores listed, including all of the ones in my area. So I went to the forum, viewed the list of what was on sale, and got the coupons it specified out of my coupon inserts. There I found another good thing â€“ all the coupons were actually in my inserts.
The store I chose is the closest one to my house, and I drive by it about 4 times a week, so stopping in for a quick shopping trip was easy. The next time I was driving by I stopped in and bought the items that were on sale. Here is my purchase â€“ 2 boxes of cereal, 1 jar of peanut butter, 2 1/2 pounds of cheese and 5 boxes of hot cocoa. The total cost of all this after sales and coupons was $10.34, a savings of $29.13 according to the store. I also could have gotten some yogurt and more cereal for only a little more if I could have gotten those stupid internet coupons to print. All in all the entire process took about 30 minutes. I spent 20 minutes using the website and cutting my coupons and 10 minutes shopping. So for a half an hour investment of time I saved $29, which translates into a pretty good hourly wage. Plus all of this is food that we use regularly and like. My kids are especially excited to see the hot chocolate, since our weather has gotten cold and we had snow this weekend.
The process was fast and simple. I think I can start using coupons again if I do it this way â€“ pick one store Iâ€™m driving by anyway, and just get the sale items. Another nice thing about OurCouponHome is that it has more than just couponing. They have many other forums from parenting to recipes, so you can find out lots of information on the website. They even have a large database of printable coupons, so Iâ€™m going to spend some time this weekend diagnosing my printing problems so I can get those coupons too.
The owners of OurCouponHome want people to learn that you can save a little money if you spend a few minutes searching their site. The site is completely free, and to help spread the word about it they are offering a giveaway to one of my readers. They will send you a $10 gift card to the store of your choice, so you can go and see how much you can buy for $10, just like I did.
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