Saturday, April 24, 2010

Coupons101

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Coupons101

A little confused at how to start all this? I’ve got the details here on how to get you going on saving you and your family lots of money…and have fun at the same time!
First, click here to see where to get your coupons...because without those, we wouldn’t be here! The next step is to organize your coupons and there are lots of ways to do it. For some ideas, click here.
Good. Now that you have your coupons, and they are organized, time to shop! Well, sort of. Use this site as your guide to getting the best savings on your groceries, mall visits, and lots more. Every week I put up the weekly ad match-up for Price Chopper, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreen’sand Wal-Mart. My suggestion is to view the match-up, print any printable coupons while you are viewing it, then print it out and bring it with you to the store. Or use it to make your list. Using any of the match-ups will save you money, but the BEST way to lower your grocery bill is to COMBINE the lists and use all of them together. Shopping at multiple stores brings your bill down drastically. And there are ways to cut down on the time spent doing this. For ideas on how, click here.
The last part of couponing and saving money, is STOCKING UP on all the non-perishable products you can while they are on sale. When something goes on sale and you can get it for less than $1 or FREE, buy a TON of it. Stores’ sales operate on a cycle, meaning that “every” item is promoted (put on sale) every so many weeks (usually 5-8 weeks). So, when something goes on sale, buy enough to last those 5-8 weeks.
Along with that, another part at saving money is brand loyalty, or rather NOT having brand loyalty. When is the last time you tried another brand of coffee? Or a different type of toilet paper or shampoo? Before I started couponing, I had been using the same brands of TP, shampoo and coffee for 10 years. 10 YEARS! Consumers don’t like change, and companies know it, so when a new product comes out they heavily advertise and promote it to get you to switch. Before I couponed, I never would have switched. But, NOW, I know that wasn’t very smart! And expensive! For example, just last week I bought some eight o’clock coffee at Price Chopper. I have always been a Folgers fan, but the Eight o’clock was on sale Buy One Get One Free, and I had a $2 printable making it $3.29 for 2 pounds of coffee. Pretty good - I can’t get Folgers for that price! So, I run out of my Folgers, and brew up at pot of the Eight O’Clock Coffee…and whatta you know? I like it BETTER than the Folgers! I never would have tried it before, but now I am so glad I did. The point is, its hard to try new things, but if its FREE or a really good deal why not? I will say though, I have tried lots of shampoos too, and found some I HATE and won’t buy again no matter the price...and some I really like and will use again if the price is right!
So that, in a nutshell, is Coupons101. Please feel free to contact me if you have any other questions or would like to comment!

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