My dad is the ultimate coupon clipper. When I was a kid, my dad would drag me to the grocery store with him. He would load up his shopping cart and then proceeded to the cash register. The cashier rang up the total and then my dad would pull out several billion coupons. Talk about embarrassing. It was bad enough I had to wear hand-me-downs from another family, but thanks to my dad’s coupons, I also had to stand at the checkout while everyone stared at us. I was certain they thought we were poor and had to clip coupons to get by. I vowed never to clip coupons when I grew up.
Now I’m all grown up and I find myself clipping coupons. I have to, but not because we’re poor (someone please tell my wife that just because we can’t afford a $1000 purse doesn’t mean we’re poor). Ten years ago, we were a double income family of two. Now, we’re a single income family of six. Kids are not cheap. Actually, four kids are kinda of expensive. In order to stretch our dollars, my wife and I use coupons, check the weekly grocery ads, buy used items at thrift stores, and sell ads on our kids’ foreheads.
I can’t believe my wife and I have become coupon clippers just like my dad. But we take it a step further. We also encourage our kids to use coupons. For instance, whenever my kids want to buy a book at full price, I tell them they could buy the book now for ten dollars or wait for a 40% off coupon at Borders and get the book for six dollars. But unlike me, my kids are not embarrassed about using coupons (yet?). Instead, they ask me if Borders has emailed me a 40% off coupon (I just wish they would stop asking me several times a day).
Below are three of my favorite places for online coupons. Feel free to share your sources for good coupons.