Step 1: Collect Coupons
The primary source for coupons is the Sunday Newspaper:
- Buy at least two papers. This way, when something hits its lowest price, you can buy more than one. Thus, creating a stockpile.
- There are three possible coupon "inserts" in the Sunday paper. Red Plum (RP), Smart Source (SS), and Proctor & Gamble (P&G).
- The paper may not have inserts on a holiday weekend. You can look at the Sunday Coupon Preview each week for a list of inserts.
- Some coupons are regional so there is a chance the coupon will vary. There's nothing you can do about it. It simply means when you can't find a coupon, or your coupon is a different amount, you're not going crazy. Understand some regions got it, and some didn't. Isn't it a relief. No crazies here.
- Opps, it's Monday and you forgot the Sunday newspaper. No problem. Click here for the solution.
- When you print your very first coupon you may be asked to download coupon printer software. This is not a big deal. It simply limits two coupons per computer. 2 for your laptop, 2 for your desktop, etc. Again, this is not a big deal.
- Hit the back button to print the second coupon.
- Some IP's require you to register at their site. Be sure to set up a separate email account for coupon offers. This way your personal email won't have a bunch of deals.
- Blinkies, Tear Pad, and Products- Look for coupons while you shop.
- Catalina ("Cats")- Cash register coupons that print at select stores
- Contact Manufacture for home mailers- Great for specialty items (organic, baby, etc).
- Magazines- Pay attention as you flip through your favorite magazine! One specifically marketed for coupon users is AllYou. You can buy this at WalMart or get a subscription.
- Step 2: Organize Coupons
Step 3: Budget
Step 4: Plan Your Trip & Shop
Step 5: Plan Your Meals