As a self-described frugal person, I’m ashamed to admit that we haven’t been using coupons. I mean, I use them when I shop online, but that’s because Mr. Rebates handily lists them for me to use. Actually going and searching out coupons? That’s a different story.
I’ve been trying to get better about checking the Walgreens website and adding coupons there. But there seems to be a disconnect, and the coupons don’t always come up at the register, even when I check my online account in the store and see that the coupon shows up in my Clipped Coupons section. Luckily, they have those handy coupon books in the store, so the offers get applied one way or another.
Now that I (mostly) have that down, I decided to take another step: Fry’s.
I’ve been meaning to try Fry’s digital coupons for a while, but I wasn’t able to create an account. That’s because our Fry’s card wasn’t actually registered under our old phone number. It didn’t go through because someone else was still using it when we initially got the card. But typing in our old number was easier than digging for, then scanning the card (especially once we lost said card). So we just kept using that phone number — even when we changed numbers.
That was all well and good for general purposes, but to create an account you need your card number, which I didn’t have. Until I realized that my key ring’s zillion little mini cards (CVS, Walgreens, library card etc.) included our old Fry’s card!
I went online, created an account, attached our new phone number to the account, and added a slew of digital coupons .
So far, we’ve saved about $12 in the course of four trips. Nothing staggering, but a helluva lot better than we had been doing. Between that and the Walgreens card we’re at least slowly dipping our toes back in the couponing waters.
The next step would be to go back to Coupons.com and print out any pertinent offers there. If I do that then not only do I get more savings, but I also get three SB per coupon printed and 10 SB per coupon used. That said, I may run into issues there because it seems to me that many of the Fry’s and Walgreens digital coupons are the same as Coupons.com. But presumably it’d be fine as long as I didn’t try to use two coupons on the same product.
Of course, now that I’m back to couponing I have to be wary of the major pitfall: overspending to save. I’m definitely a sucker for a deal, so I’ll find myself rationalizing purchases simply because there’s a coupon. Sometimes it’s okay, like the beef jerky I got Tim as a treat. But by and large I need to avoid coupons for things I don’t normally buy. Otherwise our bills will go up rather than down.
Honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever get into newspaper coupons again. They were a huge headache, especially given how few were for things I’d normally buy. But I figure some coupons are better than none at all.
Are you an avid couponer? If so, do you stick to digital ones only or do you clip newspaper offers too?