Friday, August 29, 2008

Why I love coupons Part II

So for those of you who are wondering about coupons...
First off you need to be getting a Sunday paper. This is your main source of coupons. You need to create a reserve for about a month, then you'll have a good amount to work with.

It's kind of time consuming to clip and categorize (by content, ex. sauces, seasonings, condiments, dressings; pastas, rices and helpers; cereal ; baking; etc) and file but its worth it. And hey, Ive got time.

So you cut them out and put them in some kind of coupon holder (99cents store). I use a notebook with the plastic see through paper dividers. I write in permanent marker on the sheets whatever category of coupons are in that sheet. I do it this way because its nice to see all of your coupons in front of you Rather than going through them one by one (which is especially hard if your kid won't last very long in the shopping cart.)

The key is you don't buy anything unless it is on sale and you have a coupon for it. I usually won't buy it unless I am getting 50% off that item, unless I really need it. Ralph's doubles your coupons which is fabulous. So if you have $1 off an item - it's really $2 off. Von's used to but changed to only doubling up to a dollar no matter what which is stupid because you don't save as much, you can use coupons anywhere else, they just don't double them. So your best bet is Ralph's.
Some of this stuff probably sounds confusing but once you get the hang of it it's really easy. So the first time you go only buy a couple items (just so you can see how it works), hand them your club card (free, just sign up at the register)give them your coupons and watch your savings. Review your receipt and you can even ask the clerk to explain their coupon policy. When you feel comfortable with couponing then go for it! It is pretty addicting and you feel SO good walking out of the store knowing how much you saved. If you need more help or tips just let me know. The more you do it you'll figure out your own system and what works better for you. Good luck!

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