Thursday, September 19, 2013

Coupon and Organization

I'm so excited about my new endeavor and want to share it with everyone.  I wish someone had just told me years ago how great this would be COUPONING.  Who would of thought that I would be so excited about something like that.  As I'm getting into this and talking to some of my friends and family  I have found is they have no idea how much they are spending on groceries or really anything else.  I was really shocked to say the least.

First off let me tell you about the best program we have ever done.  It's called and ITS FREE!!!  It's the best budget organizer.  It electrically puts every cent you spend into a budget and categorizes it as well.  It just amazing!! So at any given time and I access the app on my phone and find out how much money I have in my shopping budget left for that day.  So it's really easy to decide if I need or just want something based on that.  Jake and I will go over our budget once a week, or since I've starting couponing it's twice or more a week.  So that is my first tip.

Second tip is, COUPON COUPON COUPON AND WATCH ADS!!  I can't believe I wasn't doing this before. I thought it would be really to hard.  But with all the money we were spending on groceries, it was driving me crazy. So let me break some of this down for you.

I ordered 4 newspapers 2 Deseret News and 2 Salt Lake Tribune for $80 for the year for 4 papers.  I'll post the link: with the Subject Title of Newspaper Subscriptions.

This was my first week trying to organize it all. Kendra and Maliyah helped.       
As you can see it was a little overwhelming to say the least. :) I was getting a little discouraged at this point.  And my head was spinning.  I just was hoping I didn't bite off more than I could chew. I took a break and came back and was able to get everything organized in a 3 ring binder. And went through the ad and circled things my family would use.  And just hoped I was doing it all right. My first shopping trip went awesome!!  

That was my hall for that day.  I saved a total of $19.50. I was amazing! I had just payed for almost one of those newspaper subscriptions with one shopping trip.  Made me more excited for the next one.
 This was my next shopping trip.  Wondered if i was going to do as well as I did the first time.  And BAM!!  I saved $21.50.  There are tons of thing stacked behind others.
So I thought I had to try and see if I could do better than before.  So I took about an hour and got a shopping list together and headed to the store.  I came out of that store having spent less than $75.00 and save a whopping $42.00.  I was shocked again.  And its making the drive to find better deals stronger. :)

I even feel more in control of everything in my life now.  Its amazing!!  The best part is my kids are so excited about couponing too.  Courtney took it upon herself to organize the coupons that needed to be.  And Kendra is always looking for more coupons.  Maliyah and Kendra love to cut them.  Justin and Austin are just really excited to see more food and eat. :)  Austin put on the Extreme Couponing show and he watched it with me.  
One thing that I have found is, the stuff I am buying I would of bought anyway, which did surprise me.  And there aren't many coupons for healthy food.  But my mom gave us a lot of fruit recently.  And there are ads for fruit, vegetables and meat.  It will be interesting as I get better at couponing if I can find more coupons for those types of items.   

I hope this has at least helped some of you decide to coupon and try  It will truly amaze you.  

Have a great day.

The Herrin's


  1. Coupons can be found on-line also. Two of my favorite sites; and Saving Said Simply. Coupons on-line can be printed or loaded to your phone to save paper. Want to see your warehouse of items you paid little or no money for very soon.

    1. There are websites where you can buy coupons for very little. One of the best ones is They have a huge inventory and you can order as many of the coupons as you want.

  2. Good for you and your family-and that your kids are involved with you!
    Although I live in Israel I remember being a child growing up and my parents cutting coupons. We had dogs and looked for coupons for dog food. If I remember correctly one can also find for hair salon (you probably already cut everyone's hair at home) and restaurant deals or other activities (putt-putt,matinee). It's just a matter of perusing the papers carefully.
    Some major grocery chains have discount cards or sales and also when you get to theeee stores there might be newspaper leaflets for the weekly sales which might even double your coupon values.
    Keep in searching as you never know what else you may find!

  3. Another good site is They have a great inventory and are 100% reliable. I have saved hundreds using this site.