Couponer.  Is there such a word?  Well, that's what I have become.  For some time now I have been going on "field trips" with an experienced couponer (my good friend, Tonia) and watched how she does it.  She has graciously taught me what she knows.  It is definitely a process.  It's not like you are going to grab some coupons and save a fortune every time you go to the grocery store.  Though it is possible to save a lot, it takes time and effort.  I'll tell you what I have done so far.

I have purchased:
1.  A 3-ring binder
2.   A package of baseball card protective sleeves
3.   The Sunday paper (three or more at a time) 
I still need to purchase some dividers for my coupon book. 
You will further need:
1.   A good pair of scissors,
2.   A cute bag for your coupon book, sale papers, ink pen, grocery list and chapstick :). 
3.   Another very important thing to have is a time set aside to go couponing when you do not have to take your small children, especially when you are first starting.
4.  Time for cutting out coupons once a week

It has cost me less than ten dollars to get my couponing system together.  I have set aside Monday mornings after devotions and the kids are working steadily on their first subjects to cut the coupons out.  It takes me about and hour to cut them out and put them in my book.  The first time I "loaded" my coupon book took me longer than an hour, but now that I have everything where it is supposed to be, I think it will take less time to keep it organized.

Isn't that the way life is?  If we will put forth a little effort, we can have great returns.   I saved almost $7 at Walmart, $37 at Dillons and $35 at Walgreens.   That's $85 dollars and some change for my first week!

I will be writing more in the future on couponing and saving money tips.  In this day and age, it is especially important to learn how to be more frugal. 

Remember:  Small effort = great rewards!

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