Coupon Thoughts…

JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE A COUPON DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE TO USE IT! If you try to use every coupon you get, you will end up spending way more money than you meant to.  This will lead you to be discouraged and quit couponing which in turn will make you miss out on all the great blessings to be had!  Get used to the idea now, you will never use all the coupons you get! (but there is a way to put those expired coupons to use!.. more details to come)

Even if you think you will never use the coupon, keep it! You never know when a sale will come up and the coupon you didn’t think you would use will give you some free products! An example for you… I had coupons for $3 off of motrin PM.  I almost threw them out several times… then, albertsons had it on sale for $2.99!  I ended up with 5 bottles of motrin PM for $1.30 in tax.. yay!

There is a difference between STOCKPILING and HOARDING!

When you find a great, super cheap deal, that is when you stockpile! an example:  I recently got a great deal at Albertsons on Kraft Dressing.  I was able to buy 6 bottles, after coupons, I paid roughly $3.69 for all 6 bottles.  I then received a Catalina for $5 off my next order. (I made money on that deal!)  I went back a second time and did the deal twice… ending up with 12 bottles.  Now, I could have gone back multiple times and it would have been a great deal over and over, but, do I really need more than 12 bottles of dressing.. No.  Also, if I had proceeded to buy up all the dressing they had, then no one else would have been blessed with that deal like I was.  I know I don’t want that on my conscience! I want as many people to be blessed by couponing as possible!

Now that you have a stockpile, you get to go shopping in your own pantry!

Going shopping in your PJs and Slippers!! How fun is that?!  When you have a stockpile, it makes planning menus and making grocery lists that much easier!  A great tool to help you shop from your stockpile is all  They have a tab at the top of the page where you can go and input your ingredients and they pull up all the matching recipes… Yay!


Organizing Your Coupons

I know from experience that if you don’t have your coupons organized, you won’t be able to find them in time for a great deal!

Here are some ways to organize your coupons.

  • Binder Method: . This is the method I use.  I have thought about using other methods, but this seems like the best fit for me.  I clip all my coupons when I get them.  I then sort them into plastic pages used for holding baseball cards. I group them into a 3 ring binder.  I have dividers to navigate through my coupons quickly and easily.  Some of my groups are: drinks, snacks, meat, dairy, cereal, medicine, vitamins, hair care, body wash, dish detergent, clothes soap and so on.  I think it is best to group them in what is easiest for you to remember.
  • Filing Method: Get a letter sized accordion file and file your coupon inserts. Don’t clip until you are ready to use them. With this method you do not have to waste anytime clipping coupons you never use. You will have to spend time clipping before you can shop, and you will not know where your coupons are if you unexpectedly find an item on sale. You could also clip your coupons and store them in a small accordion file.

  • Combined Method: Don’t clip your inserts. Place them in a sheet protector along with a list of all of the coupons in the insert. You do not have to type that up! Simply copy and paste the coupon list from the coupon preview to a word doc and print. Then put all of your inserts in a binder.

I think it is beneficial to have more than one copy of each insert. Alot of deals hinge on having multiples of each coupon.  Having said that, it is important to decide whether you can spend the money every week for multiple papers.  Do what is best for your family! They are the reason we coupon in the first place right? Right!

Organizing your coupons, in the beginning, will take time and effort! It wouldn’t be fair for me to tell you that couponing is easy.  Its really not at first. BUT, it gets easier and soon becomes second nature.

YOU CAN DO THIS!!! Just stick with it, don’t give up!  Soon you will be a couponing pro!

Where to find coupons

Internet Coupons: (coupons you can print at home from your computer)  The best sites for printing coupons are, Smart Source, and Red Plum. But the sites to find coupons really are limitless.

Newspaper Coupons: These come as inserts in the Sunday Paper.

Looks for the names Smart Source, Procter & Gamble,Red Plum and General Mills.

Store coupons: {Keep your eyes out for coupons in the store.}

Catalina (aka-Cats) – a printable coupon that is handed to you with your receipt at the store, many times it is a voucher good for cash value at that store.  This is one of the most effective ways of getting items free!  Look at the list of Catalinas to see what cats are running.

Peelies– peel off coupons found on products at stores

Blinkies-found in the aisle at the store spitting out of the blinking black box

Tear Pads– Usually displayed next to the product and tear off of a pad.

A quick note about peelies, blinkies and tear pads– I personally think it is wrong to take all the blinkies, or tear pad. Be polite and make sure there are enough for everyone! Also (and this really irks me) DO NOT TAKE PEELIES OFF OF A PRODUCT YOU DO NOT PLAN TO BUY!  That is cheating someone out of a great deal.  Do unto others…. *steps off of soap box* : )

EBAY- You can also find groups of coupons for sale on Ebay.  I have not personally done this but many do and if thats what works for you… go for it! : )

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