Tag Archives: Couponing

Starting Couponing

24 May

I am not the best, and deffenently not the most extreme, but I’m decent at it and often get asked questions regarding couponing. Below are just a few questions that I have answered to help anyone just beginning to coupon, or those who are just wandering. I hope they help…

1. What local grocery stores double coupons?
Bi-Lo, Kroger, Publix, and Food Lion.

2. How do you get all your coupons?
I get the Sunday paper and usually ask for additional coupon inserts from people that I know get the paper but may not use their coupons. I also email companies of the products that I use often every 6 months. This is where I usually get most of my higher value coupons. It is time consuming but usually worthwhile.

3. What do you do with all the coupons you do not use?
I clip all of the coupons in the Sunday paper, whether I plan on using them or not. If I know my family will not use it then I will ask my friends what products they use and mail them to them or ask some of the coupon blogs I follow if anyone on there sites are interested in extra coupons.

4. How do you store your coupons?
I have tried pretty much every method out there to store my coupons. So far, the only one that I like is the binder method. Which consists of a three ring binder that I have put dividers in and labeled. I store my clipped coupons in baseball card inserts so that I can view and remove  them easily. I really love my binder and have been known to go a little crazy if it goes missing! 🙂

5. How do you divide your coupon binder?
My binder is divided into 13 categories. These include: baking and breads, beverages, breakfast, cans and condiments, cleaning supplies, dairy, frozen foods, meats, paper products, carbs, personal (like hygiene and medicines), baby and other/snacks.

6. Where do you use your coupons most often?
I prefer to shop for groceries at either Kroger or Bi-Lo. I think that they both have decent coupon policies and usually have good sales. I also buy from CVS and Walgreens. With their ECB’s (CVS) and register rewards (Walgreens), you can usually get a lot of free items and really good buys. You just need to match the sale items with your coupons, and store coupons if possible, to maximize your savings.

7. What blogs do you follow for couponing?
Just to name a few: Mama Cheaps, Hip 2 Save, Koupon Karen, Wild for Wags, Coupon Dad, and many more.

A few more tidbits—

If I do not absolutely need a product right then and there, I will not buy it unless it is on sale. I usually try to wait to buy stuff that I use on a regular basis until I have both a coupon and its on sale. If its not on sale this week… just be patient. It will be on sale within a few weeks in one store or another.

I NEVER will go into a store and buy so many of one product that it clears out the shelf. That is ridiculous and unthoughtful!

True couponing takes time. Unless you are willing to sit down and compare prices and match them with your coupons, you probably will not be very successful. It takes time to maximize your savings and to make sure you spend as little cash as possible! But, its usually rewarding!!

I do not just coupon for myself and my family– I coupon so that I can get free, or inexpensive, items to donate… it is not only about me but about helping those less fortunate. I would only hope my readers would do the same!!

Hope this helps! Happy couponing!!!

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Good Buys on Grocery Items

24 Jul

I am always interested in finding what the “best buys” are in the grocery store. I got this list from http://madamedeals.com/. My advice is to print this list off and carry it with you in the store. That way you can compare and make sure you are getting the best deal. As stated on Madame Deals, prices can differ depending on stores and regions. Some of these prices are the price after coupons, if they were available. I hope this list will help you out each time you go grocery shopping!!

“Buy Price” for Pantry Items– Sometimes items will be cheaper than the prices I have listed below. Prices listed are after coupons.

  • Canned or Pouch Tuna, FREE-$0.50
  • Condensed Soup, $0.50
  • Canned Tomatoes, $0.40-$0.50
  • Dry Pasta, Free-$0.75
  • Spaghetti Sauce, $1
  • Canned Vegetables, $0.40
  • Ketchup, $0.40 (summer stock-up item)
  • Mayonnaise, $1 (summer stock-up item)
  • Barbecue Sauce, $0.50 (summer stock-up item)
  • Mustard, FREE (summer stock-up item)
  • Salad Dressing, $0.50-$1
  • Crackers, $1-$1.50
  • Cereal, $1-$1.50 (There is a huge range for cereal, my buy price is $1)
  • Rice, FREE-$0.50
  • Canned Pasta (Spaghettios, Chef Boyardee), FREE-$0.49
  • Canned Beans, $0.50
  • Brownie or Cake Mix, FREE-$0.50
  • MuffinMix, FREE to $0.50

 

 “Buy Price” for meat. Sometimes it will be cheaper than the prices I have listed below. However, I make a point not to buy meat that is over the price listed.

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, $1.99/lb.
  • Chicken Breast Bone-in, $0.98/lb.
  • Whole Chicken, $0.99/lb.
  • Ribeye Steak, $5.99/lb.
  • Beef Roast, $2.49/lb.
  • Boneless Pork Loin, $1.99/lb.
  • Pork Chops, $1.99/lb.
  • Sashimi Tuna Medallions, $5.99/lb.
  • Fresh Tilapia, $3.99/lb.

 

“Buy Price” for Dairy & Beverages– Sometimes it will be cheaper than the prices I have listed below. Prices listed are after coupons.

  • Cheese- bar or shredded, $1.50 (This week $0.99 so stock-up! It freezes.)
  • Sour Cream (16 oz.), $0.50
  • Margarine, $0.80-$1
  • Butter, $1.50 (cheaper during holiday baking season)
  • Eggs dozen, $1 (recently $0.88 at Harris Teeter)
  • Yogurt Cups (6 oz.), $0.35
  • Yogurt (4-6 pk.), FREE to $1
  • Soda (12 pk.), $2.25
  • Soda (2 ltr.), $1
  • Orange Juice (64 oz.), $2
  • Juice (64 oz.), $1-$1.50
  • Water (24 pk.), $2.99
  • Sports drinks/ Flavored Water (Gatorade, SoBe, Powerade etc.), FREE to $0.50
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