Sunday, May 06, 2007

couponing?

A good friend of mine does the whole couponing thing. She suggested that I try this while I am not working. She says she spends less than 10 hours per week on average and this includes shopping time. I don’t know where to start. Of course, I do understand that I should start by getting a newspaper and cutting out coupons – DUH! – but I’m not sure what to look for. What coupons do you cut out? How do you find the best deals? Stuff like that.

Something to think about!

3 comments:

Maggie said...

I file coupon inserts whole and cut after I find a deal. There are lots of different methods and ideas at www.hotcouponworld.com and http://deals.families.com/ .

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Mom2fur said...

I have been called a 'coupon monster,' LOL! I'm really into the whole coupon thing. I saved up enough in just this year to replace my busted-down computer. (To really make it work, you should transfer any savings into an account. It really adds up!) I highly recommend grocerygame.com. I think you can try it four weeks for a dollar, but when you pay for it, it works out to about $2 per store per week. It's very easy to do! She helps you find the best sales and tells you where to find coupons for those sales. Today alone, I saved 45% at the grocery!
I have learned that filing coupon inserts whole, like Maggie does, works better than cutting and sorting. I put mine in page protectors (like the kind you use in scrapbooking) and keep them in a binder with the date written on the side. If grocerygame says a coupon is in the May 13th issue of "Valassis," I just turn to that page. It saves me a lot of time, and keeps the coupons in a neat order.
Oh, my gosh, I could go on forever. But here is my #1 tip: if you see something on sale, and you have a coupon to sweeten the deal--buy it! This is called building a stockpile. It might seem funny that I have 4 jars of mayo in my pantry--but those are jars that cost me barely a dollar. That's much better than the usual cost of mayo, LOL!
Oh, and another thing: there are coupon inserts almost every week in the paper, except for holiday weekends. The main ones are Smart Source and Valassis. Proctor and Gamble puts one out about 4 times a year, too.