Here are a few tips from The Couponing Dad on Couponing ”From a Man’s Point of View” Lest you are turned off by “extreme” know this that I don’t advocate the “Hoarder” mentality. I just want you to get enough of what you need till the next sales cycle in your store, and then maybe one or two items more. These tips have are the most common that you will find around the web.
1) Make sure you have a good coupon organizer. This is essential. Organization is definitely the key to being able to maximize your savings using coupons. Any couponer will tell you that one of the reasons they are successful using coupons to save money is because they are very good at keeping track of their coupons. One of the best ways that I have found is to use the Clip-less Method. This method allows you to be organized and still spend time with your family.
2) Write your name and number on your coupon binder. A lot of couponers will use binder method for couponing, and nothing will be worse for you than to lose your coupon binder. Often these are found by someone in the store or store personnel. By placing your name and number in your book if it is found should you lose it you’ll get it back.
3) Only use coupons for items that you can use or will use. Just buying things to buy them is wasteful. If you want to do that you might consider donating the items to a local shelter, a school or other such place.
4) If you have coupons you won’t use. The number 1 place I would suggest is that take send them to one of the groups that get them to our Military Overseas. The Military overseas can use them for an additional 6 months past there expiration date. Whatever you do with them, give them to someone or group that will benefit from the coupons
5) Whenever possible only use coupons at stores that accept double or triple coupons. This is a big one, and living in California makes it really difficult. Kmart is currently doubling 5 coupons per purchase. But if you don’t a Kmart or any stores that will double, you should make sure you are aware of all specials so you can get the most value out of your coupons.
6) Don’t use expired coupons. Some stores computer system may not have been upgraded quick enough and may still accept them, if they do slip through the store may not get credit for them and that equals a loss for them and you know what that means, it will cause them to tighten up their coupon policy, and we don’t want that at all.
7) If you have a coupon that does not limit “Size”. Buy the smallest size you can get so that you will have the most savings. In some cases this will yield you extra savings on another product in overage.
8) Combine your coupon savings with rebates to increase your. Sometimes you can get buy 5 items from this group and get an extra $5 off your next trip, that’s a great deal especially if you have a coupon.
9) Subscribe to several newspapers for your coupons. To really get any befit out of couponing you will need to have multiple coupons. The only true ligament way to get multiple coupons is to have multiple subscriptions to the newspaper. You might look at using a clipping service as it could be cheaper than the cost of multiple newspaper subscriptions. By reading the fine print on coupons you will see why I promote Ethical Couponing There are a lot of pros and cons to this subject so I leave it up to the individual to decide what is right for them.
10) Use GrocerySmarts.com It will help you to save 50% or more on your Grocery Bill each month. Grocery Smarts system is an easy way to shop. Grocery savings appeals to a lot of people who have been exposed to it the right way (through a Class). This is about making your life easy. This is not about running from store to store for “deals”. FAQ’s for Grocery Smarts. If you’re in the Central Valley of California (from Chowchilla to Modesto) and would like to set up a class for your friends contact me to schedule it.
If you have some tips that you think should be added feel free to submit a comment and I will see if we can get them add to our list.
The Couponing Dad
So my daughter called me today and told me that I need to get down to Target and pick up some Brummel & Brown® Spread, because it was on sale for $0.10, I thought what was the caught, did it have an expiration date that would expire soon, actually I figured they would be out, so I went on down to see for myself and to my surprise there were several still on the shelf, I guess not many knew about it so a picked up a couple. So then while I was there I figured I would use the Free El Monterey All Natural or Supreme Burrito (singles) coupon that was in the 10/21 Smartsource. (Had to make this one in a couple of trips).
Then I went on over to Wal-Mart (right next door) and picked up some of the Pedigree dog food, there was a coupon for Free Pedigree Tray dog food (up to $0.60) (exp. 11/25/12) RedPlum 10/21/12
6 The Brummel & Brown Spread = $2.69 ($16.14)
10 El Monterey Burritos = $1.19 ($11.90)
5 Pedigree dog food = $0.60 ($3.00)
Total Cost = $31.04
Brummel & Brown (Price Cut) $0.10 ea
10 Free El Monterey All Natural Coupons
5 Free Pedigree Tray dog food
Total Out of Pocket = $0.82
One way to find coupons is in your Junk mail (we got ours on 10/9). Food Maxx had a flyer this past week.
- Bohemian Hearth Bread (24 oz)
- Sunny Select Soda (2 liter)
- Sunny Select 100% Apple Juice (64 oz)
- Armour Lunchmaker (10.6-11.3 oz)
- Gala Apples (3 lb bag)
Be advised: I got the following response from Food Maxx when I inquired about those that might not be getting the flyer in the mail.
Thank you for contacting Food Maxx. I appreciate you taking the time to inquire about the Food Maxx mailer.
The Food Maxx mailer is sent out occasionally to the surrounding local neighborhood by a third party marketing company. They established the marketing area in which the mailer is distributed for us. Please accept our apologies for your friends and sincere gratitude for shopping at our store.
Thank you again for contacting us and giving us the opportunity to address this matter. If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us at http://www.foodmaxx.com or call 1-800-692-5710 to speak directly with a Customer Support representative.
7/22 SmartSource Preview
Air Wick $1.50/1 Freshmatic Compact refill excludes free item packs (8/19/12)
Air Wick $1.50/1 Freshmatic Ultra refill excludes free item packs (8/19/12)
Air Wick $2/1 Freshmatic Ultra or Compact starter kit (8/19/12)
Air Wick $2/2 candles (8/19/12)
Blue Diamond $.55/1 chilled or shelf-stable Almond Breeze almondmilk (9/30/12)
Blue Diamond $.75/2 almonds 6oz+ (9/30/12)
Blue Diamond $.75/2 Nut Thins or Baked Nut Chips 4.25oz+ (9/30/12)
Carefree $.50/1 product (8/31/12)
Clairol $2/1 hair color box ets (8/31/12)
Dole $.50/2 tropical fruit cans (9/16/12)
Farmer John $1/2 bacon or breakfast sausages (8/22/12) @ Wal Mart that will make the sausage $.88 a pack, maybe not stockpile but good buy
Gain/Cheer $1/1 Gain detergent or fabric softener or Cheer product ets (8/31/12)
Gain/Cheer $2/2 Gain detergent or fabric enhancer or Cheer products ets (8/31/12)
Hill’s Science Diet $1/1 Ideal balance dog treats (8/31/12)
Hill’s Science Diet $2/1 Ideal Balance pet food (8/31/12)
Hill’s Science Diet Free Ideal Balance can with purchase of Ideal Balance dry dog food up to $2.09 (8/31/12)
Honey Maid $1/2 products 8-14.4oz dnd (10/21/12)
Johnsonville $1/1 chicken sausage 12oz package (10/21/12)
Johnsonville $1/1 pork & chicken sausage 17.63oz (10/21/12)
Kraft $.75/1 Fresh Take cheese & breadcrumb mix (8/22/12)
Lysol $3/1 No-Touch kitchen system starter kit (9/11/12)
New York $.50/1 frozen product (9/30/12)
o.b. $.75/1 tampon product ets (8/31/12)
Playtex $1/1 Gentle Glide tampons 14ctt+ (9/16/12)
Pledge $.75/1 product (9/1/12)
Revlon $1/1 color cosmetic (8/26/12)
Rips $.50/1 bite-size licorice 4oz+ (10/31/12)
Schick $1/1 Xtreme3 disposable razor pack 4 or 8ct (9/30/12)
Schick $2/1 Quattro for Women disposable razor pack (9/2/12)
Schiff $1/1 vitamin or supplement excludes Move Free (10/22/12)
Schiff $3/1 Move Free (10/2212)
Skintimate $.55/1 shave gel or cream shave excludes 2.75oz cans (9/2/12)
Star $1/1 olive oil 16oz+ (9/30/12) Stayfree $2/1 product (8/31/12)
Zevia $3/1 6 pack (9/30/12)
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