Tuesday, January 22, 2013

50 Ways to Save in 2013: Couponing Basics

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The Basics of Couponing....

I get asked all the time what are the basics of couponing? And really there are only 2 main principals to the "art of couponing". Stocking up while buying at the lowest price, and changing the mindset of how you shop. And really, these 2 principals are connected.

A "normal" shopper walks into a store and buys a week's worth of groceries (food) and any supplies they are out of.. ie Paper Towels, Toilet paper, Shampoo etc. No matter the price, they need these things and have to buy them.

A Couponer walks into a store with a mindset of leaving with the most amount of goods at the lowest price. They will buy 20 boxes of frozen vegetables, 8 packages of kids yogurt, 3 packs of paper towels, a couple of the meat sales for the week, some fresh produce and maybe 6 boxes of cereal. And that is ALL they buy. Seriously! A normal shopper would have spent say $200 on their weekly groceries, a couponer would have spent $75 on building their stockpile.

The difference is obvious, but the challenge at leaving behind a normal shopper routine and becoming a couponer is to change your mindset. Instead of shopping for 1 week, you are buying 6 weeks (or more or a little less) worth of items at a time. But, not every item.



A couponer wants to buy items at the lowest price possible, and then buy enough of it at that price so that the next time they have a need, it will be on sale again at that price. All items in a store have a sales cycle, whether it be seasonally, or montly or every 6 weeks. Couponing means - Buying enough at the low price to get you thru til the next time the item goes on sale.

If you don't have the space to store lots of stock in a zillion items, you would buy as much as you can store- As many weeks as possible to lower your grocery bill burden.

Does this make sense? It takes about 3 months of time to build up a stockpile in more than one kind of item. Each week, you will rotate what you buy excess of. The first few weeks will only be a few items that you buy stock in along with your regular groceries. After a few weeks, you should have enough of a stockpile to start shifting your grocery buying to 50% Stock up, 50% regular groceries. Eventually, you get to somewhere that the percentage is more like 75-90% Stock-Up items, 10-25% regular groceries.

Getting to a 90/10% place.. is what I would call extreme couponing. Not everyone can or wants to get there. I'm happy at the moment with my 75/25% of stocking up and grocery shopping. That works for me. Some people like 50/50%... in any of the situations, you save money. And that is all we want right?

After you process all the above, ask me questions and I will write more explaining exactly how all this couponing works!

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Need Diapers? Check out these Diaper Deals!

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Need diapers? Here are some of the best deals we could find!

:: CVS

All Pampers Jumbo Packs – $9.49
-Use $1.50/1 Pampers Diapers coupon
Final Price = $7.99

:: Rite-Aid

Pampers Super Packs – $24.99
-Use $1.50/1 Pampers Diapers coupon
-Receive $3 +UP Rewards (Limit 4)
Final Price = $20.49

:: Walgreens

(2) Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers – $9.99
Huggies Wipes – $5.99
-Use (2) $2/1 Huggies Diapers coupon (SS 1/13 – Regional) AND
-Use $.75/1 Huggies Wipes coupon (SS 1/13 – Regional)
-Get 4000 Balance Rewards WYB $25 in Huggies Products
Final Price = $17.22 for 3 items ($5.74 each)

:: Target

Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers or Pull-Ups Training Pants – $8.99
-Use $2/1 Huggies Diapers coupon (SS 1/13 – Regional) OR
-Use $2.50/1 Pull-Ups Diapers coupon (SS 1/13 – Regional) AND
-Get FREE Huggies or Pampers Wipes WYB 2 Jumbo Packs
Final Price = As low as $6.49 + FREE Tub of Wipes

Pampers Jumbo Pack Diapers or Training Pants – $8.99
-Use $1.50/1 Pampers Diapers coupon
-Get FREE Huggies or Pampers Wipes WYB 2 Jumbo Packs
Final Price = $7.49 + FREE Tub of Wipes

Luvs Jumbo Pack Diapers - $8.99
-Use $1.50/2 Luvs Diapers coupon (PG 12/30)
-Get FREE Huggies or Pampers Wipes WYB 2 Jumbo Packs
Final Price = $16.48 for 2 ($8.24 each)+ FREE Tub of Wipes

:: Amazon

In order to receive the Amazon Mom discount you will either need to have an Amazon Prime subscription or be in the initial 90-day trial period of Amazon Mom.

Huggies Little Movers (160ct – Size 4) – $46.33
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
-Clip $2 off Huggies Amazon Coupon
Final Price = $35.06

Huggies Snug & Dry (74ct – Size 4) - $22.99
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
-Clip $2 off Huggies Amazon Coupon
Final Price = $16.39

Pampers Cruisers (160ct – Size 4) – $46.99
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
-Click $2 Pampers Coupon
Final Price = $35.59

Pampers Baby Dry (222ct – Size 3) – $47.19
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
-Click $2 Pampers Coupon
Final Price = $35.75

Luvs (204ct – Size 3) – $32.99
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
-Click $1.50 Luvs Coupon
Final Price = $24.89

Seventh Generation (155ct – Size 3) – $49.99
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
-Click 10% Off Seventh Generation Coupon
Final Price = $35.99

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BOGO Free Collage Prints from Walgreens!

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Need a special idea for a Valentine's Gift? How about a collage? Right now at Walgreens you can get Buy 1 Get 1 Free Collage prints with the coupon code TWO4ONE at checkout!

Prices start as low as $0.39 PLUS you can choose in store pick up to avoid shipping costs!

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FREE $5 Amazon Gift Card with All You Magazine Subscription (which includes TONS of coupons!)

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All You Magazine has launched a new offer giving us a 1 Year Subscription for $19.99 plus a $5 Amazon 
gift card with your purchase taking your price down to $14.99!

What is All You Magazine?

It’s a monthly magazine with great recipes and household tips AND it also includes $50-$100 worth of manufacturer’s coupons per month!! These coupons are usually hard to find every where else and high in value.

Here’s the list of the January Coupons:

$1 off Aleve product (exp 3/31)
$1 off Arby’s or Checkers fries (exp 2/3)
$1 off Bayer Aspirin Regimen item (exp 3/31)
$.50 off 1 Dole Fruit Shakers (exp 3/31)
$1 off Egg Beaters product, 15 oz + (exp 2/3)
$1 off Fleischmann’s yeast, 4 oz jar (exp 1/31)
Free Healthy Choice Greek frozen yogurt 3 pk. wyb (3) Healthy Choice Baked entrees (exp 2/3)
$1 off Jennie-O Jalapeno Jack turkey burger (exp 4/30)
$1 off Laci Le Beau product (exp 2/28)
$1 off 2 Lean Cuisine Salad Additions (exp 3/14)
$1 off Lever 2000 body wash or bar, excl trial size (exp 1/31)
$1 off 3 Manwich sloppy joe sauce, 15.5 oz + (exp 2/3)
$2 off Marie Callender’s family size lasagna, 50 oz (exp 2/3)
$2 off Nature Made product (exp 3/31)
$1 off One a Day multivitamin (exp 3/31)
$1 off Pam No-Stick cooking spray, 6 oz + (exp 2/3)
$1 off 2 Quaker products (exp 2/28)
$1 off Soft Scrub product (exp 5/31)
$.50 off 2 Suave product, excl trial size (exp 1/26)
$1 off TruBiotics dietary supplement (exp 3/31)
$1 off Tylenol Children’s (exp 2/28)
$1 off Tyson Any’tizers snacks (exp 3/30)
$2 off Urinozinc prostate formula (exp 6/30)
$1 off Vaseline lotion, excl trial size (exp 1/15)
$1 off Weight Watchers cheese or cream cheese (exp 3/14)
$3 off Woolite Everyday or Darks laundry care, 50 oz + (exp 7/15)

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