August 18, 2011

Couponing Part 1

Before being a stay at home mom, I had never clipped a coupon in my life.  I didn't even really look at prices while shopping.  I grabbed what I needed/wanted and got out of there.  Oh how being a mom has changed me!

I think people that don't coupon at all think anyone that ever uses a coupon is "extreme", but I am far from that.  I don't spend 30 hours a week clipping coupons, go dumpster diving for more recycled newspapers or clear out the shelves at the store if there's a good deal.  I don't see myself ever getting to that point, but I'd love to share my new couponing experience with all my lovely readers :)

Luckily for me, my mom saves the coupons from their Sunday paper for me.  Thanks Mom (and Brian)!  Once in awhile I will buy a Sunday paper, but not often.  Cheryl (Tyler's mom) has also started saving coupons for me.  We didn't have a printer before, but decided this was a good time to invest in one.  We got one on sale at Best Buy and I feel like I've already saved enough to make it worth it.  There are so many coupons online to print at home!

I have my little accordion folder organized into 12 different categories.  And it's the perfect size to fit in my purse when I go to the store.


When I get the ads from my mom, I usually clip anything that I think I would buy for our family IF it had a good deal and organize them in my folder.  There are a lot of things I have coupons for, but I would never buy it unless I got a really good deal AND our family would use it.  There are many coupons I don't clip because our family just doesn't use those products.  Even if I got something for $0.25, if my family doesn't use it, it's still a waste of money in my mind.  There are a lot of coupons that I save in my folder, but never use because they expire before I see a good deal.  I read somewhere that couponing is like playing cards.  Hold the coupons in your hand until the product is on sale and then 'play' your hand (use your coupon).  This made a lot of sense to me.  The best way to save a lot of money couponing isn't just to use coupons.  It's to save your coupons until that product goes on sale and then snag it for almost nothing!  It's like a game!

I don't generally have many coupons for groceries.  Usually just cereal, eggs, and a few other random things.  It's the household and personal care items where I really save.

I keep my coupons in my folder until I either see a good deal while out shopping or see a good deal on Money Saving Mom's website.  She also has a Facebook page.  She posts deals for many stores, but I really only shop at Target, Family Dollar and my local grocery store.  So I keep my eye on her site and Facebook page to see what deals are going on at Target (she doesn't list deals for Family Dollar or local stores).  I receive a flyer in the mail with the sales for our local grocery store and Family Dollar.  Alice.com is also a great place to shop for household items, especially for mom's!

Target has coupons on their website, which is awesome because you can stack those with the manufacturer coupons (more about that in part 2).  You can also go to a lot of manufacturer's websites to print coupons.  The awesome thing about sites like Money Saving Mom is she will search for deals, post them and will give you the link directly to the online coupon on a manufacturer's website, Facebook page, etc.  You don't even have to do the work.  Just click the link, print and save!

In part 2 (coming tomorrow) I will share how I use my coupons to get deals as well as some examples of great deals I've scored recently.  I don't go crazy couponing.  I do just enough to save us some money on things we use anyway.  And it's a nice little hobby that I never knew I would enjoy.  Until tomorrow...

1 comment:

  1. When I started staying home I said I'd start couponing. I have cut a few coupons here and there but I never use them and then they expire LOL. I need to give it a better try I think!

    Shawna

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