Okay, I am not calling myself a Plumpkin. If you haven't seen this video you are missing out! Well, sort of. Anyway, I like his word "plumpkin." But that's beside the point. The point is that I got this:

for FREE the other day.

I've started to get into couponing lately. For awhile, I lurked around a couple of money saving blogs but didn't really experiment too much. However, about a month ago I switched from shopping at Wal Mart to shopping at Kroger and oh boy! The savings were so exciting! First of all, they have a great variety of options that are store brand, aka cheaper to begin with. Secondly, with a Kroger card you can get all kinds of deals automatically. You can log on to their website and create a shopping list from their weekly ad of what's on sale AND you can load digital coupons onto your card. Plus, if you print (or clip) and use a manufacturers' coupon, Kroger will match it with a "bonus coupon." So I guess you could say I've been bitten by the coupon bug, even though I am not yet as skilled at it as some people.

So, all that to say, on Monday I was browsing some blogs and came across a coupon for $1.50 off Coffeemate holiday flavored creamers and a match to a sale at Walgreen's for BOGO creamer, making each bottle $0.50. I printed the coupon and thought I might get around to stopping at Walgreen's, even though I really didn't need two creamers. (Whether or not I even needed one is up for debate, although I certainly did WANT it, because I have refrained from buying any yet due to cost.) However, I saw later on another site that the creamer was on sale at Target for $1.50, making it FREE after the coupon!

I ran by Target on my way home from work and was successful. And man does that free creamer taste good. Consider this my PSA for coupons.

You can check out some of my favorite coupon/deal sites here:

swagbucks.com - I am just starting to learn about this one, but you can browse the coupons.com coupons here and if you print and redeem one your account gets credited with 10 swagbucks, which can be used later to "buy" things from their store.

Money Saving Mom - The first savings blog I started following. Not only does she post deals from multiple stores, she also shares great stories about managing time and money while still having fun and spending time with family and friends.

And of course, coupons.com, redplum.com, and the aforementioned kroger.com. I don't think you have to be a cardholder to use the shopping list feature, but you do need to be in order to load digital coupons. We don't get the newspaper, so these sources replace the weekend paper inserts for my coupon clipping needs.

There are so many great sites out there that post deals and coupons that I don't feel like I can compete (or even that I have the time to be ABLE to), but I might share the occasional great find or two on here! Sure, this saves us money, but I also do it because it's fun and satisfying, and I'd love to introduce you to the joys as well!

Only don't call me a plumpkin.

Laura Lindeman

Laura Lindeman