Last week I blogged about phone apps that provide you savings at the grocery store; today I talk about good old fashion coupons. On any given grocery trip I will save from $0.50 up $20.00 or more just with coupons. I have been asked many times where do I find all these coupons? Well it’s pretty simple as most of the work is already done for me by other bloggers. I read 3 blogs that share links to deals and coupons – yup just 3. I also have these set up in a RRS feed to make life easier.
I use http://feedly.com as an RRS reader.
I spend about 15 mins a day to go over the RRS feed each morning while drinking my tea.
Next step is to be organized at the Grocery Store so you don’t take forever fumbling around to find your coupons. I always shop with a grocery list and stick to me list. Number one it goes faster and number two it controls impulse buys. As I make my grocery list I note what items that I have coupons for; I also mark down the price of the sale items (I will explain my logic behind this another day).
I store my coupons in a little accordion file pouch thingy that I purchased at Staples. Make sure to select a storage folder that is water resistant (made from plastic) you don’t want your coupons getting wet by accident. I divide mine in the following categories:
- Use ASAP (these are freebies, coupons that are expiring, or things I buy all the time)
- Food Use
- Food Other
- Medication & Vitamines
- Household Use
- Household Other
- Beauty Use
- Beauty Other
- Going Out
I find those work for me; however you may need more or less categories depending on the quantity of coupons you clip. For us because about 1/2 off all coupons available for food are for food items that are banned from our household I only need two food categories. Many coupon clippers decide to divide the food in multiple categories. Last tip I have to keep you organized is once a month, I usually pick the 25th, go threw your coupons remove anything that has expired and then separate the coupons that are expiring before the end of the following month. I try to make sure to use any of them, before they expire, that are for items I buy regularly.
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