Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thrifty Thursday:: Step 1 Collect Coupons

When I started using coupons in October 2008 I was completely overwhelmed. I wanted the big savings, but I didn't know where to start. After much prayer, 2 years of experience, and teaching many coupon workshops I can confidently say IT WORKS! I've created 5 easy steps to get you started. I will share these steps over the next two weeks.

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.
Internet Printable (IP):
  • 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.
Other Coupon Sources:
  • 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.
Don't miss out on BIG $avings! Take one baby step at a time. Before you know it you'll be a savvy shopper! Start with Step 1 today.

Coming up:
    Step 2: Organize Coupons
    Step 3: Budget
    Step 4: Plan Your Trip & Shop
    Step 5: Plan Your Meals

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