Thursday, October 28, 2010

Lesson 3: How to shop with Coupons


So we have covered "Where to find coupons" & " organizing" Now you are ready to go shopping!!!!!!!!

The following tips will help you get the most for your money!




  • If you store has a loyalty card sign up for it!!!! Many stores will only allow you to get their sale prices if you have their cards.


  • Check your stores weekly ads for sales and match up your coupons with those sales. There are many blogs and forums that post deals for your store, then all the work is done for you! :)


  • Make a list before you shop (this is important or you will spend hours wondernig around and in a mess) I always make a list of what I am going to get and have my coupons ready to use. BUT always take your coupon binder with you because there are always more sales in the stores then what it posted in the sale ad (thats just a fraction of the sales)


  • Buy multiples: If you can get 7 tubes of toothpage for free or really cheap, BUY THEM! By the time you go through them, they will probally be on sale again. (I will do a post on "Where to get multiple coupons"


  • Always check the clearance section for the really cheap items you can use your coupons on (that is why it's important to take you coupon binder shopping with you!!!!!)


  • Check the meat department! Most stores will discount meat that is getting close to it's "Sell by" date. I get alot of cheap packs of meat and I will break them down and freeze and use later.


  • Price Match: Walmart and other stores will price match competitor's sale ad prices. The items much be identical to get the price match. Example: Summerfresh Store sale ..Phillsbury Cinn Rolls 8 count 1.99 .. then you take it to walmart.. you can not get the 5 count! :)


  • See a great deal on chips but the expiration date is soon and you know you will not use them buy then.. thats ok.. FREEZE them! Yes chips/crackers/can bisquits (yes put the can and all in the freezer and it will be fine) cookies , etc They all freeze.. You can freeze most anything... but I would not recommend freezing Skim Milk or sour cream!


  • Take the time when your sale ads come out to sit down and start looking through your coupons you have and also looking online to see if there are any to match the sales.


  • DON'T try to use your coupons as soon as they come out/you get them.... Most likely your item will not be on a good sale then.. Save them until they are on sale!


  • Watch and keep a list of the lowest/highest prices you see your items you use... it's a good idea to keep this in your binder. Most of the time when an item hits the lowest price... it will be that price again in 12 weeks!



Stockpiling:

The number one reason most people don't coupon (or don't for very long) is they don't understand the concept of stockpiling. I hear hear statements like "I used to take coupons to the store but I just didn't save enough to make it worthwhile" or "It's not worth all the trouble to coupon if I'm only going to save a few dollars here and there" If all you're doing is cutting coupons for regular weekly shopping trips then both of those statements are probably true. In order to save BIG bucks you need to learn the art of stockpiling.

This is number 1 reason you need to have several copies of the Sunday paper coupon inserts! When you find dish soap on sale for cheap or free, buy 5-6 of them. When you find cans of soup for 10 cents, buy several of them and so on. Pretty soon you'll have a stockpile of items that cost VERY little. The more you have in your stockpile, the less you'll have to buy on your weekly shopping trips. After awhile you'll find you're buying very little reg priced items and saving a BUNDLE on your grocery bill. Store put things on sale in cycles, so by the time you've used up your stockpile on something it will be on sale again!!!!

What does your family use the most? If you only used ketchup every once in awhile then just buy 2 instead of 5. You stockpile will depends on you and your family's wants and likes!

Designate a closet, cabinet, shelf (I use shelving in the garage for my stockpile) for your stockpiled items. If you don't have enough room to keep it all in one place, split it up.

Now you're going to hit the store and SHOP SHOP SHOP!!!!!! Next Lesson we will talke about advanced ways to use coupons to save even more money.



Some lessons that will be coming soon:



  1. (next lesson) Coupon Money Makers


  2. Learning Coupon Lingo


  3. Great coupon websites/blogs/forums


  4. Are you really saving money??


  5. and much more coupon information, tips, ideas, etc!!!!

If you haven't had a chance to read the other lessons, take a look:


 


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