Couponing 101

Clipping and organizing your coupons shouldn’t be such a daunting task.  Take an hour out of every Sunday to dedicate to printing and cutting coupons.  You can do it alone while watching your favorite movie or TV show, or gather up some friends and family and do it together.  It’s a good way to clip, have fun, and spend quality time with yourself or your loved ones.

Before you start clipping, make sure you have all the coupons that you want.  Go online and see which coupons are available for printing this week.  Search through our large database of coupons and pick out the brand and items of your choice, then print as many as you wish.  Now that you have have all the coupons you want, you are ready for your coupon party!  Bring out all the coupons you’ve printed along with a copy of the Sunday paper, go through all the coupons in the paper, pick out the ones you want to use and start clipping.  You can either clip just the ones you want to use for the week and file away the rest for next week, or clip everything at once, put them in a binder, and take out the ones you want to use whenever you go to the store.

After you are done clipping, time to start organizing.  When it comes to organizing coupons, you need to find the best system that suits you – the most important thing is to make it easily accessible, viewable, and portable.  Although there are many ways to file your coupons, we find the binder system is the most efficient.  Purchase a 3-ring binder, a package of dividers and a set of clear plastic, 3-hole punched dividers to create your own personalized coupon organizer.  You can then insert your coupons into the organizer in alphabetical order by store name, brand name, or group them by item categories (ie, groceries, toiletries, baby products, etc.).  However you choose to organize your coupons, make sure they are easy to find so you don’t have to scramble to look for them while you are at the store.  Take the binder with you when you go shopping and pull out the coupons at checkout.  Be sure to read the fine print on each coupon for restrictions and expiration dates.

How to Save Money on Groceries

1. Search for Coupons!
You don’t have to be an extreme couponer to believe in the saving powers of coupons. Everyday shoppers like you and I can save a tremendous amount of money when we’re willing to put in the time. The most common way to find grocery coupons is through your Sunday newspaper. However, now that we’re in the digital age, you can access coupons of your favorite brands and products from almost anywhere.  You can search for coupons of your favorite grocery brand online and print them out at the convenience of your own home.  The savings on these coupons may seem small, but they can really add up.  And in today’s economy, every penny counts!  People have saved up to $100 a month just by using coupons.

2. Plan Your Meals Around Sales and Coupons
Plan your meals around your savings.  After you’ve printed out your coupons, look through what you have and plan your meals around those products and ingredients.  If chicken is on sale this week, why eat beef?  You can save a lot of money simply by appropriate planning.  Keep yourself from splurging on cravings and brand name products that make no difference.  Be a smart shopper and buy items that will give you the most bang for your buck.

3. Never Buy Prepacked and Precut Produce
Prepacked and precut produce is just a way for stores to charge you double the price of an item for very little work.  A bag of regular celery will cost you $2, but if you are lazy or want to save a few minutes of your day by buying the precut and packaged one, you will find yourself paying $4 for that item.  It will only take you a few minutes to wash and cut the produce yourself so don’t waste your money on convenience.

4. Stock Up Your Freezer
Feeding your freezer is a great way to stock up on sale items and store away leftovers or unused items.  If you have leftover uncooked meat or vegetables and don’t want to eat it again until next week, just stick it in the freezer.  If you find a perishable item you love on sale, buy a large quantity of it and keep it in the freezer until you are ready to cook it.

5. Canned, Frozen or Dried
Next time you’re gathering ingredients for a recipe, try using frozen, canned, or dried foods.  They may be less expensive than fresh, yet they are equally nutritious.  Produce is typically frozen, canned, or dried at the peak of ripeness when nutrients are plentiful.  Fish and poultry are often flash-frozen to minimize freezer damage and retain freshness.  With frozen foods, you can use only the amount you need, reseal the package, and return it to the freezer.  If it’s properly stored, there’s no waste.  Dried fruits are concentrated in flavor and a great substitute for fresh fruit.

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Never Purchase Anything From an Online Store Without Entering a Coupon Code!

Have you ever purchased anything online without searching for a coupon code first?  If you’re answer is yes, this article will change your life!  Almost every brand name retailer and merchandiser out there offer coupon codes to consumers as an incentive for purchasing merchandise through their website.  Whether it’s for free shipping or a discounted price, you can find a coupon code for almost every store – you just need to know where to look.  Make sure you search the internet to see if the store you are about to purchase from has a coupon code.  Once you find it, you will be able to enter this code when you checkout.  Sites such as  scours the internet for you and bring all of the coupon and promotional codes available together and have it accessible in one convenient location.  Just search for your favorite store and see what kind of savings are available to you.  Don’t ever checkout of an online store without entering a coupon code!  You will save a significant amount of money – sometimes stores offer codes that will discount up to 70% of your total purchase.  Remember, the internet is your friend.  Take this advice, you won’t regret it.  Happy shopping!