Couponing 101

Couponing 101

Last year, after talking with some friends who had started couponing, and watching an episode of “Extreme Couponing” on TLC…I decided to give it a try!  I have been able to take my family’s grocery budget (food, toiletries, paper goods)  from (at least) $500/mo. to less than $200 for family of five.

While my intent is NOT for this to be a couponing blog…there are plenty of those out there, I do want to share and encourage others to at least give it a try!  Couponing won’t work for everyone…but maybe it will for you!

Matching coupons to in store specials

Coupons, used alone, are rarely a great deal.  Since most coupons are usually good for 30-90 days, I save my coupons each week, and wait for sales to come around to match them with.  I keep up with a local couponing blog, who post all of the best deals and match-ups in our area.  Letting them do the work for me saves me SO much time.  Thanks www.fabulesslyfrugal.com!

Find a way to get extra coupons

I am able to maximize my efforts and time by subscribing to my local paper and paying a little extra for them to deliver five Sunday papers.  It also means I don’t have to dig through dumpsters like the ladies on “Extreme Couponing.”  Family members and friends also give me coupons they won’t use.

Stock up when prices are low!

So…when a good sale comes around, I buy between five and ten of each product.  I am able to stock up at low prices on things my family needs and uses.  By having a “stockpile” I avoid paying full retail for most items.

For example, with in store specials, ad matching, and coupons I was able to purchase everything seen below for $38.

 

What do YOU think of coupons?  Be honest!

 

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