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This whole Black Friday hype has had me stressed out for the past few days!  And if you ask me flat out whether I feel more satisfied to have saved $150 on electronics or $1 on groceries, my response is more black & white than you might expect.  Hint:  it’s not black!

I’ve had my eye on an iPad2 for a few months now and knew that I’d likely find a good deal for Black Friday and so started watching the flyers, surfing the net (does anyone say that anymore?!) and listened to the endless stream of radio ads for just about every store in the region yesterday!  For someone who gets pretty excited about saving $1 on yogourt or $2 on Bathroom Tissue (did you see today’s HOT coupon from Royale?!), you’d think that I’d jump at the chance to snag a deal.

I did jump – out of bed at 6:30 this morning to make it to the neighbourhood Walmart for the doors to open at 7.  It was a pretty smooth process, I must admit.  There was a greeter outside the store who wrote down my item on piece of paper and then I just handed my make-shift voucher to the staff at the electronics counter who, in turn, brought me my item.  I had paid, picked out a bunch of bananas and was home within 15 minutes.  Amazing.

And then after the kids were on the school bus, I popped into Staples to pick up a blue-tooth keyboard case for a super price as well.  Again, they had all of the “hot deals” in a cage behind the cashier station and I was in and out within minutes having saved over $150 before breakfast!  But hours after coming home with my big purchases, I still can’t shake this feeling of “did I get the best deal?”.  What a difference from the usual rush I feel when coming home with a car full of groceries that I saved 50% or more on by using coupons.

I suppose it’s the fact that after a year of couponing (yup, I started last fall!) I now have a handle on the price of groceries and household items and consistently save more than $300 a month with coupons.  I hadn’t realized just how much I’ve learned about the sale cycles of many products, how and where to find coupons, when and where to redeem them, and how to stretch our savings as far as possible.   And it took a stressful experience like researching prices for Black Friday to make me realize that couponing, and being a member of the Canadian Coupons community has removed ALL of that kind of stress in my weekly shopping.  It’s a nice feeling, and one that I will endeavour to help spread to as many people as are willing to listen (err, read!)

Happy Couponing!

Christa Clips ~ Black Friday 2012

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