Thursday, November 3, 2011


Hi, my name is Leah.
*chorus of voices* Hello, Leah.
And I have a problem. I am... addicted to couponing!

I know I've mentioned couponing a little bit before in this blog. To be honest, I'm afraid that if I post about couponing, I won't be able to stop. And it would devour Leah's Literature and Coffee. But just one post can't hurt, can it?

I started couponing back in early April. If you remember, I was trying to purchase a house, save up for a car and a master's degree, and Matt was weeks away from moving in with me. There was a lot going on, and money was becoming tight. A coworker told me about couponing. I sat down on a Friday night with a huge goblet of wine and YouTube as my teacher.

Next thing I know, I'm hooked. I love it. Matt loves it. We've managed to save enough money to by year-long memberships at Anytime Fitness. We're also working to chisel away his student debt, save up for a new car for me, and together have a comfortable savings for the future. A wedding would be nice, too. I've been couponing for 8 months now, saving right around 50% with every shopping trip. For the two of us, we now usually spend about $160 per month on health and beauty supplies, household goods, and groceries. Not so bad, eh? This past fall, I even taught a class through Community Education on beginner's couponing.

I can't stop sharing my savings, though! I had a really great "haul" at Albertson's today, and thought I'd share with you:

In this trip, I spent $105.40 (way more than normal).  I received a coupon for $5 off my next purchase, too. The price before savings was $236.52. WOW. I saved 56%. This isn't my largest savings, but look at everything I got at such a low cost!

We picked up:
2 bottles of V8
6 different spices (on a 40% off sale!)
4 cans of Dole Pineapple
6 cans of Green Giant veggies
3 jars Heinz gravy
2 jars Smucker's Jam
4 boxes Stovetop Stuffing
1 package Bear Creek soup mix
4 boxes Jello
1 Febreze Noticeables warmer
1 Febreze Set & Refresh
1 container Lysol Wipes
1 Lysol toilet bowl cleaner
3 2-packs Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
2 containers Chobani Greek Yogurt (admittedly, I didn't have a coupon. I just love these)
2 Garnier Fructis hair products (one shampoo, one conditioner)
1 box Theraflu
2 bottles Robitussin cold medication
2 bags Ludens throat drops
5.09 lbs beef (Buy One, Get One Free!)
2.88 lbs pork (also BOGO)
4 containers of Oscar Meyer Lunch Meat

This was definitely one of the more well-rounded trips I've done. My savings is satisfactory and these are all products I use.

I hope this inspires some of you to be creative in your ways to save for your dreams. You can do it! I'm here to help :)

Any other closet couponers out there?

Giveaway Results: One Year Bloggiversary

Happy Thursday, readers!

Here are the results from my One Year Bloggiversary giveaway:

Stealing Buddha's Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen
...Winner: Amber R!

The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd
...Winner: Me!

An Emergency in Slow Motion by William Todd Schultz
...Winner: Me!

Again, I didn't have many entries. Actually, just the one for Amber! Amber, I'll mail that book to you along with the headset! :)

Thanks for participating! :)