How I Coupon

Morning!

I get asked a lot how I coupon.

I am not an "Extreme" couponer by any means.  I would say I am more of a middle of the road couponer.  I shop at 5 different stores regularly, I know the coupon policy's off the top of my head and yes, I have the tell tale binder.


Binder:
I got so sick of cutting coupons that I finally broke down and did some research on alternate methods.  I stumbled on the No Clip Method by Fabulously Frugal.com.  LOVE IT!  You go onto their website and they have spreadsheet lists of every coupon in the insert.  You just find your state and area and print the list.  I keep the inserts in page protectors behind the printed list in my binder in date order.  I then will go in and high light any coupons I want to remember to use.

Coupons:
The most common question I see about coupons is "where do you get so many coupons?"  Most of the people who ask this question think you need to coupon like the people on coupon shows on TV where they are going for shock value.  The majority of us do not shop like that.  We only buy what we need for our family.  You wont see an average couponer walking out of the store with 150 boxes of pasta.  For my family, right now it is just me and my husband.  We are also starting to prepare a baby stockpile in preparation of beginning to try to start a family later this year.  We get 4 Sunday papers a week.  I called a local paper and signed up for 4 subscriptions.  I was also able to talk them into giving me a discount for having multiple subscriptions.  I prefer this over going to the local shops early Sunday mornings for papers. 
I also print coupons as I need them from the Internet.

Every Saturday the store match ups go up for most stores.  Many grocery store's sale cycles run Wednesday-Tuesday so those match ups usually pop up on Tuesdays.  I use 3 different websites for my match ups.  The reason for this that grocery store sales/brands tend to be regional.  Here in San Diego, we have Albertsons SoCal, Vons and Ralphs.  Of the grocery stores, I shop primarily at Vons and a little bit a Ralphs.  I do not shop at Albertsons simply because the one closest to me is way out of my way and I just didn't care much for it.  For my Von's match ups, I use shopathomemommy.com and for Ralph's I use Southerncalisaver.com.
I also shop at CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Target and I get those match ups from TheKrazyCouponLady.com.

**No I do not shop at Walmart.  Each of these blogs has beginner instructions for shopping/couponing at Walmart**

Each of these sites will mark the best deals with icons or notes.  Good deals are good enough to warrant buying enough to get you a few months while great deals are pretty much as cheap as that item will go so its time to stock up.  Each of these blogs has a key that explains what system they use to mark these deals.


Tips:
Like these pages on Facebook.  They also posts deals from places like Amazon, Groupon, Kohls, etc and the best way to stay on top of these deals is to watch them on Facebook.

The best tip I can give is to get organized.  Find a system that works for you and stick with it.  Also, get everything situated before going up to the check out counter.    Get your coupons in order and have them out when you get up there.  If you are doing multiple transactions, you might put everything for one transaction inside a hand basket in your cart with its coupons in it to keep it all together.  This will make the cashiers not hate you and get you out quickly.

Happy Couponing!




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