Extreme Couponing…from a newbie

Have you watched Extreme Couponing on TLC yet?  While I am a vigilant deal-hunter on electronics and pricier items, I’ve never been one to pay much attention to grocery coupons.  I do check out sale ads week to week, but all that work saving, clipping, matching, etc. just seemed like too much for me.

Yet, inspired by this new show and the unbelievable savings ($600 worth of groceries for $6?  Yes please!) I’ve decided to dip my toe into the world of couponing.  But I’m headed down the occasional clipper route, rather than extreme grocery-store-hoarding-in-my-basement route.  Truth be told, I have a great deal of anxiety when using coupons and when challenged, I fold like a deck of cards.  As much as I am impressed and secretly covet their stockpiles of free items, I just feel weird about buying 20 boxes of cereal at once.  Not to mention handing the cashier 20 (or more) of the exact same coupon at checkout.

Trying to overcome my hang ups, I forged out on my first coupon shopping excursion today – with mixed results.  Here’s how I did:

Schnucks – spent $34, saved $21 (The cashier messed up one of my coupons, which I didn’t realize until later. You really have to be laser-focused at checkout.)

Target – spent $32, saved $20 (After first being denied for the Cars + Incredibles Blu-ray Combo deal at Best Buy – ouch!)

CVS – spent $3.12, saved $7.23 (My best haul of the day! Two laundry detergents and a box of Raisin Bran.)

While I’m certainly not going to turn this into a coupon blog, I thought I’d share my newbie experience.  After all, we’re all just trying to save a few bucks, right?  What about you guys?  Anyone else suffer from coupon anxiety like I do?

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