First off, did you know that YOU HAVE CONTROL over how much you spend on Groceries?
Look at all the things we got for FREE using coupons.
Ready to get started??
Here is what you need to do.
Here is what you need to do.
START COLLECTING COUPONS -
Internet Coupons: Coupons you can print at home from your computer.Our favorite sites for printing coupons are Coupons.com and Red Plum. Here is where you can find more sites to print coupons from. We have a great tutorial for printing coupons.
Newspaper Coupons: These come as inserts in the Sunday Paper. Looks for the names Smart Source, Procter & Gamble, and Red Plum.
Store coupons: Keep your eyes out for coupons in the store.
- Catalina- (click for detailed info) basically it's a printable coupon that is handed to you with your receipt at the store.
- Peelies- peel off coupons found on products at stores
- Blinkies-found in the aisle at the store spitting out of the blinking black box
- Tear Pads- Usually displayed next to the product and tear off of a pad. :)
GET ORGANIZED -
Start Simple: Monica started with a little $1 store photo book, because she just wanted to test out couponing before she put a lot of effort into an organization system.
Here are a few methods for organizing your coupons once you are ready to step it up!
Filing Method: Get a letter sized accordion file and file your coupon inserts. Don't clip until you are ready to use them. With this method you do not have to waste anytime clipping coupons you never use. You will have to spend time clipping before you can shop, and you will not know where your coupons are if you unexpectedly find an item on sale. You could also clip your coupons and store them in a small accordion file.
Binder Method: This is Monica's choice. Check out her binder and organization method. She keeps her coupons in baseball card holder sheets. You could also use photo album sheets. She keeps them organized by category, so she can find them quickly and easily.
Combined Method: This is Cathy's choice. Don't clip your inserts. Place them in a sheet protector along with a list of all of the coupons in the insert. You do not have to type that up! Simply copy and paste the coupon list from our coupon preview to a word doc and print. Then put all of your inserts in a binder.
FIND THE DEALS -
You do not have to do all the work, that is what a coupon blog is for! Best of all, IT'S FREE!
Sales, Stocking, Stacking:
- Just because you have a coupon does not mean you should go out and use it! Wait until a good sale! Combining sales and coupons = HUGE SAVINGS!
- When you see an item on a good sale, buy more. We encourage building a stockpile so that when you need cake mix (for example) you will find it in your pantry (and you bought it for .25 or less), rather than needing to go to the store and pay full price for it!
- You can use a store coupon AND a manufacturer coupon on the same item! We call this stacking coupons! Check out our Walgreens Tutorial for examples on doing this!
Shop from your stockpile:
So now that you are getting multiple newspapers, you'll be able to stock-up when you find a good sale! When you menu plan, (or if you are like Cathy - you are more of a last minute planner), you will look no further than your pantry for the items that you need!
Couponing takes time to incorporate into your daily life. We too are busy women - but we've done it and our family is blessed because of it! We welcome you to browse around our site. Got questions?? Feel free to ask us - we LOVE helping our fab readers!