I recently had the privilege of doing an interview with Julie from Dual Incomes Need Coupons. If you haven't checked out her blog, you are missing out! Julie always has GREAT coupon tips and she's done some fantastic giveaways! You can also find her on Facebook here. And if you check our her blog, you might see an interview with someone you know....... (shameless self promotion! ;)
1. When & why did you begin to coupon?
I really didn't get started couponing until last Sept (2010). My hubby and I just got to a point where we were fed up with not having anything to show for what we make. We knew we spent too much but we weren't keeping track of where it was going. We finally sat down and put together a budget, in doing so we had to cut out dining out expenses (we were doing it way too much) but we didn't want to increase what we were spending on groceries either (as that also seemed like a lot). It was a big incentive to start shopping sales and using coupons. I'd attempted in the past - years ago - but never really taken it seriously. This time jumped in head first and we haven't looked back.
2. What prompted you to blog about it? What is your favorite thing about the blogging community?
I love blogging. I already had a personal blog as well as a blog about Fibromyalgia. I just enjoy writing about life and sharing the information I find. I just end up hoping someone else reads it and enjoys what I share. Blogging about my experiences with couponing just made sense.
3. Where is your favorite place to use your coupons?
Definitely Publix. I love that they double and that they take competitor coupons. I used to think they were terribly expensive, and really didn't shop there at all before I started couponing. Then I started actually comparing prices and found out how wrong I was, and that where I'd been shopping was much more expensive than I thought.
Side Note: I shopped at a Publix on our recent vacation & it was FABULOUS! Really wish we had one here!
4. How do you organize your coupons?
I have a coupon box that I found at Hobby Lobby (in the photo organization section). It's cute and small and light. It has about 13 sections and I do wish it had more, but it works for me.
5. Where do you find your favorite/ best coupons?
Everywhere! LOL. I love printable coupons, but I also make sure I get the paper each week. Coupons change so much that you really have to look everywhere for them and not limit yourself to just one source.
6. Which items do you purchase the most often with coupons? Are there any items that you always have to pay full price for?
ALL OF THEM! Seriously, if I have a coupon for it I will use it, and I HATE paying full price now. Meat and produce are really the only things we will buy and pay full price for (mostly produce). Meat we at least make sure we get on sale.
7. How does your husband feel about couponing? Does he help you or stay out of your way?
He loves it but he doesn't "get" it. He's perfectly happy for me to do it but even the concept of BOGO completely eludes him. So he's happy that I do all the shopping now.
8. Have you been able to meet any large goals or purchase any special items because of couponing?
We've been able to complete our Emergency Fund not just thanks to couponing but thanks to budgeting. Before we started this process it was pretty close to empty, and now it's fully funded, plus we have money set aside to pay cash for the big vacation we plan to take next year for our anniversary.
9. How do you feel about the show Extreme Couponing? What do you think its affect will be on?
I enjoyed the first episode that aired last year. However, when I tuned in to it again this year as it began the series run I just couldn't get into it. I realize that it's a tv show and not reality. Real couponers (even the ones on that show) don't shop like that on a regular basis. To be honest, I haven't watched it since the season premiere. As for the effect it will have on couponing. I think it's encouraged a lot of people to give it a try, and that's great. Unfortunately, I also think that we've seen a decrease in the value and quantity of good coupons because of the increase in couponers. I figure it's kind of like working out, some will stick with it, others will find it to be too hard. Eventually, the fad will die down and we'll start seeing the great coupons return again.
10. What is your best advice for all the coupon newbies out there?
Understand that what you see on TV isn't real. Take the time to match up your local grocery store sale ads with coupons and shop not for this week but for what you will use eventually. Stocking up saves a lot more than just shopping an ad. When you can match the sale ad to the coupons you have, you'll save even more. Remember, that any savings is still good. Don't get discouraged if you aren't seeing 90% or more on a regular basis (none of us do).
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