I am a believer in coupons- I view them as money! I got a little more involved with them last year (before the TV show,even)and trade coupons and try to buy multiple papers each week. I have a notebook with divided sections with baseball card holders for said coupons. I try not to buy anything without a coupon. Lately, though, the coupons just don't seem to be as good. I am at the point where I will only stock up on the things I REALLY need. I have a stock-pile (not a hoard) of many items, but my stockpile of certain things need more work more often- namely detergent and coffee. If I don't have a coupon, I at least wait until the item is BOGO. Thankfully, many of my daily items do go on BOGO.I think a year supply stockpile is a good idea in this day and age. I can't tell you how comforting it is when funds are in short supply, that I don't have to run out and buy too much of anything. It is one of a very few ways we can save money.
My other saving money approach is Wal-mart. I do their price matching. Boy, oh boy, though, have I had issues. With their recent changes, it seems that none of their employees are on the same page. Most recently, I wanted to price match my detergent that went on sale at a competitors store. That was fine, price matched done. But, when I went to use my coupons for the same detergent- they wouldn't take them. (What? I ALWAYS do that!) "Nope- we don't price match and take a coupon too". (What? since WHEN???) So, the 18 year old boy manager told me they never have' matched and taken a coupon- hmmm, I know that isn't true and besides,then what is the advantage??? Not only that they refused 2 other coupons - still don't know why on those. So, Nana did what she hates to do, and called Wal-mart's corporate office. The girl I spoke with was very sweet and said it didn't seem right,she would pass the info on and make sure the store gets my complaint. Ok, so the next day the manager (not the 18 year old)called me and I explained my problem and he said the coupons should have been taken (I knew I wasn't crazy- at least not in THIS instance!)So he offered me a $10 gift card and I went to retrieve it the next day! He said just tell whoever is at the counter I said it was ok. Well, I must have seemed like the CRAZY I JUST WANT A FREE GIFT CARD lady to them, but I somehow managed to make them believe me and I got my gift card, then I was BOLD enough to actually try the detergent price matching dealio all over again. (Ok, I am crazy!) It worked, but not without a little training on my part to the cashier- thankfully, the head cashier lady said, yes, we can take them (coupons on price matching) now. WOW- I will do anything for detergent! So anyway, I bought 3 detergents and a fabric softener for $3.26- not bad for a crazy lady, huh?!!