I started with using coupons to buy things like laundry detergent, toothpaste, shampoo, dish soap, cat food, hair color, bar soap, body wash, etc. The money I saved on those items I rolled over into our grocery budget. The higher quality protein powder I can tolerate is not cheap, so I had to find a way to make sure the family was still eating healthy, but not at my expense.
This is one of my first coupon "hauls". The granola thins were great because they are low in calories (considering what my kid could have been eating) and sugar. I ended up with 4 boxes and the guys were good about eating them. They'd have one as a snack. I had a few too, not all at one time! They were really good when I needed a chocolate fix!
The Vidal Sassoon products cost me so little...and they go so far. The Barbasol was 70% off with sale and coupon. So were the Jiff PB and the Smucker's Jelly. The olives were 50% the regular price with the Walgreens coupon.
On top of that, the week I the local store had a thing called "dollar doublers" which means any coupon with a value of $1 off is doubled, giving you $2 off with that coupon. You can only use 4 per transaction. You don't get gas points for those "coupons." In each of the two transactions 4 jars cost me only 50¢ each. Yes -- 4 jars for $2 -- and then two more for $3 -- a total of $10 12 jars of fruit in 100% juice. Regular price? $41.88 -- and no this is NOT typical! It didn't take a lot of effort either. Oh, and I now am up to $1.40 off a gallon of gas - up to 30 gallons. My son will be visiting from Indiana next week and my "gift" to him will be 15 gallons of gas to get home -- and a big box of laundry detergent, dish soap, bar soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. which will hopefully keep him from needing to buy that stuff until he's home for a visit again.
Check out Saving Pennies, Nickels, Dimes and Dollars -- I tell you this is the best group for anyone who wants to or does coupon. Whether you are just getting started or you're experienced -- you will find the best deals, completely broken down, where to find the coupons, etc. to get the most for your money AND you won't be eating junk. I swear to you...we're doing it!