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    Default 2009 Coupon Challenge

    How about a coupon challenge to help us save money in 2009? During 2008, I kept a running total of the savings I had received from using my coupons at the grocery store. I saved a total of $558.82. Each week, I put this money aside in a savings account. It was surprising how much I accumulated. I am sure there are some pros out there they would do way better than I did. Anyone game for posting our coupon savings?
    Last edited by emily_hope; 12-31-2008 at 02:45 PM.

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    I would love to do this! I've gotten away from using coupons and one of my goals this year is to get back into them to see how much I can save!

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    I thought I replied to this thread? weird.
    anywho... I plan on doing this one. I use coupons all the time when I shop but I didn't keep track last year.

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    I would love to join. We don't get many coupons, however what we use I'll add up. Great challenge.

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    I would love to join in too.

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    Oh I am soooo there. This is right up my frugal ally. FYI there will be a ton of Q's in the Sunday paper this week. I'm buying 3. It looks like there will be 3 Smartsource and 2 Redplum. Woohoo.

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    Sassyclass, good to know that!

    I just started back using coupons. Last week was a disappointment *sigh*

    Will try to find something to keep them in ... if not I will use envelopes.
    Last edited by EmilyD; 12-31-2008 at 04:30 PM.
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    2014 Change Jar Challenge (New, smaller clothes) $0/$500.00 (turned in 6/2/14 $118.00 for another purpose)
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    Emergency Fund: $0.00/$1000.00 to begin (167.00 pm to make it by Dec)
    House Repair Fund: $0.00/$1000.00 to begin
    Car Repair Fund: $0.00/$1000.00 to begin
    Medical Expenses $0.00/$1000.00
    Dental Expenses $0.00/$1000.00

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    2014 Lose-A-Pound-A-Week Challenge 1 @ wk 16/52
    2014 Spring Cleaning and Organizing challenge
    2014 Household Purge/Declutter Challenge
    2014 Emergency Fund Challenge
    2014 Twenty Wishes Challenge
    2014 Reading Challenge 11/52
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    Emily, I use a 3 ring binder. I bought several zipper pencil pouches with the plastic windows. I can put hundreds of Q's in each category this way, and don't have to worry about losing any Q's. When you start getting too many for envies, you may want to try the binder method. Hopefully someone else will post how they do theirs. I bought the pouches at Walmart for .97 each.

    Cat

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    I must start using coupons too. FIL sent me a big stack today. 99% are expiring but some weren't. I've got to start doing this again. I did years ago, but somewhere down the way I got too affluent to clip coupons. What? Not affluent Misti--lazy.

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    Cat,

    Thanks for the great idea. I will look into it tonight when I am in Walmart.
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    Savings goals:
    2014 Change Jar Challenge (New, smaller clothes) $0/$500.00 (turned in 6/2/14 $118.00 for another purpose)
    52 Week Money Challenge (Christmas 2014): $0.00/$1378.00 in a year (need to save 275.00 to make it by Nov. )
    Emergency Fund: $0.00/$1000.00 to begin (167.00 pm to make it by Dec)
    House Repair Fund: $0.00/$1000.00 to begin
    Car Repair Fund: $0.00/$1000.00 to begin
    Medical Expenses $0.00/$1000.00
    Dental Expenses $0.00/$1000.00

    My Challenges:
    2014 Lose-A-Pound-A-Week Challenge 1 @ wk 16/52
    2014 Spring Cleaning and Organizing challenge
    2014 Household Purge/Declutter Challenge
    2014 Emergency Fund Challenge
    2014 Twenty Wishes Challenge
    2014 Reading Challenge 11/52
    2014 Change Jar Challenge

    52 Week Saving Challenge W1-$1, W2-$2, W3-$3, $W4-$4, W5-$5, W6-$6, W7-$7, W8-$8,W9- $9, W10- $10 W11-$11, W12-$12, W13-$13, W14-$14, W15-$15, W16-$16 W17-$17, W18-$18, W19-$19, W20-$20 , W21-$21, W22-$22,W23-$23, W24-$24, W25-$25, W26-$26, W27-$27, W28-$28, W29-$29, W30-$30, W31-$31, W32-$32, W33-$33, W34-$34, W35-$35, W36-$36, W37-$37, W38-$38, W39-$39, W40-$40, W41-$41, W42-$42, W43-$43, W44-$44, W45-$45, W46-$46, W47-$47, W48-$48, W49-$49, W50-$50, W51-$51, W52-$52

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    Great idea! I'm all for this!

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    I'm in. I count all coupons and the extra when the stores double. In Nov and Dec alone I saved more than $600
    Terry

    Oct grocery 137.50/217.00
    Oct coupon 8.00
    YTD grocery 2715.95
    YTD coupon 477.26


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    I need to do this one too! Where do you get your coupons, other than the Sunday paper? Are you all just adding just the savings from the paper coupons or are you adding store card savings too? Just wandering.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassyclass View Post
    Emily, I use a 3 ring binder. I bought several zipper pencil pouches with the plastic windows. I can put hundreds of Q's in each category this way, and don't have to worry about losing any Q's. When you start getting too many for envies, you may want to try the binder method. Hopefully someone else will post how they do theirs. I bought the pouches at Walmart for .97 each.

    Cat
    This is a great idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by khjmom View Post
    I need to do this one too! Where do you get your coupons, other than the Sunday paper? Are you all just adding just the savings from the paper coupons or are you adding store card savings too? Just wandering.....
    I do get mine from the Sunday papers. I know some people use sites on the internet that clip the coupons for you and you can order the ones you want for a small fee. There are coupon trains to join and swap coupons with others. I am not counting the store card savings with mine, just the coupons.

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