Getting Started: Couponing

When we began our frugal journey, it was a huge relief to learn that through couponing we can save thousands of dollars per year.  Not only we are able to save that much money, but we got to try many new items for almost free, we were able to stock up on toiletries (such as deodorant, shampoos, conditioners, body wash, laundry detergent, toothpaste and many other items).  Our lives change from buying some Walmart brand and big bulks items (ex. deodorant from Sams) to paying much less on name brand items that last us a lot longer.  We were able to help many family members, friends and people in need with the items we had stock up.

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I want to clear out, on every trip we made to the supermarket we wouldn’t empty out the shelves, even if there were a few items left and I had the coupons for most of the items on sale, I would prefer to leave a few and get them some other day (at some other store).

Couponing takes some time and dedication but if you organize yourself and create a schedule then pretty soon you will see your reward.. So lets begin…

  • Sign up for local newspaper deliveries (that carries sunday inserts) typically you would get SmartSource SS, Redplum RP and once a month P&G insert.  Verify that you are getting a good deal (anything less than a $1 is pretty good) keep your eyes out for groupon (they sometimes offer deals for local newspapers ) were I have paid $15 for the year.
  • While you wait to start accumulating your inserts, search for your local supermarket deals.  There are many good sites that offers supermarket new weekly ad (even before the ad comes out) This gives you time to make your list, cut your coupons and are set to make your shopping trip.
  •  Know when your supermarket or drug store weekly ad starts.  Ex.
    • Winn Dixie starts Wednesday ends Tuesday,
    • Publix starts Thursday ends Wednesday, 
    • CVS-Walgreens-Target & Walmart starts Sunday and ends Saturday.
  • Once you picked a site that had the weekly ad deals from your local  supermarket print the coupons you need (print as soon as you see them because they tend to run out quickly)
    • Make your list and know how much is the price and how much your end total would be.  I add mines on a spreadsheet. But here is an example of what you might find on some sites.  Publix weekly ad for tomorrow will have
      • Edy’s Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt, Frozen Dairy Dessert or Sherbet, 1.5 qt, or Frozen Custard, 1 qt, Assorted Varieties, BOGO $6.69
      • -$1.50/1 Edy’s Frozen Custard Product, 05/17 SS (exp 7/15) [32-oz.]
      • -$1.50/2 Edy’s Slow Churned Light Ice Cream or Grand Ice Cream, 05/17 SS (exp 7/15) [48-oz.]
      • -$1.50/1 Edy’s Slow Churned Light Ice Cream or Grand Ice Cream, 05/17 SS (exp 7/15) [48-oz.]
      • $1/2 Dreyer’s or Edy’s Frozen Custard Items Target Coupon printable [32-oz.+]
      • As low as $1.35 each with coupons if your store accepts Target coupons.
    • (for this deal you can see Edys will be on BOGO (Buy 1 Get 1) (Buy 1 and get the other 1 for Free) but to make this deal even sweeter you can use 2 coupons from SmartSource (SS) 5/17/15 if the coupon you got in your insert says (that you can save $1.50 for / 1 each Edy’s Frozen Custard Product you buy) but it must meet the requirement of 32 oz.   In addition if your Publix accepts Target as a competitor then you can use this coupon as well. 
    • Buy 2 Edys @ $6.69 for both x 1 = $6.69
    • use 2 Edys Coupon ($1.50) x 2 = ($3.00)
    • use 1 Target Coupon ($1.00)x 1 = ($1.00)
    • Final Price for Both items = $2.69 or $1.35 each Edys Ice Cream (Savings of $10.69)

Hope this simple guidance helped you get started on cutting coupons and saving money on your grocery expenses.

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