Sunday Favorites



Hi everyone and welcome to Sunday Favorites hosted by the one of the sweetest bloggers out there in the blogoshere, Chari from Happy to Design. She invites any blogger to join her Sunday Favorites party each Sunday and just repost a past post on your blog and link up. That's it! This gives us a chance to read past posts from other bloggers we may not have seen. So, stop by, link up or just say hi to Chari and the others joining the pary!

I wrote this post back on April 26, 2009. Since I do a lot of stockng up by using coupons, I thought I would introduce those who don't use coupons how to do so in baby steps. Couponing can be very time consuming and frustrating. But, there is no need for it to be a burden.

This post was called Baby Steps in Couponing!
So, are you ready to dip your toes in the world of couponing? Or is your brain saying, "No way! Just the thought of even attempting to tackle all those coupons makes me break out in hives!"

If you haven't really been a couponer, it's okay. You can take a deep breath, relax and think pleasant thoughts. Because guess what? We aren't going to go "whole hog" couponing. Nope, we are going to start very slowly. I promise, this will not hurt!

First things first. I bet you didn't even know you can preview the coupons that will be in the paper ahead of time did ya? See, that's why you got me. For all these juicy little tidbits. I try to post the coupons that are in the Sunday inserts by Saturday evening so you cn view hem before Sunday.

Okay, so you looked at the list. Did you see anything that might interest you? Are you heading out the door at this very moment to get your paper?

Now we are going to do just a little couponing. Glance through your coupon inserts, is there a coupon you know for sure you are going to use because it is something you were planning to get anyway? Cut it out. After you have glanced through the coupon inserts, start looking through your local ads. As you are looking through the ads, did something jump out at you and say, "Hey, that is a pretty good deal and I think I remember seeing a coupon for it". Go back through the coupons and see if you can find that item. Find it? Cut it out!

Everyone has a different method on how they keep their coupons ready for a shopping trip. You can staple the cute little coupon directly to the ad so you know where it is and what store it is going to be used at. Or you can get a notebook, pad of paper, scrap paper, whatever, and write the store name down, write the sale price and the coupon discount. Once done with the whole ad, fold the ad and use a paper clip to attach coupons, list and ad together and set it aside and move on to the next ad.

Once you are done going through all the ads, gather all your inserts, write with a marker at the top of each insert the date and then just put them in a folder. Wait! Whats this? No cutting out a ton of coupons and then trying to figure out how to organize them? No coupons flying all over my house? Oh, this has got to be wrong! NOPE! Do not cut out all the freaking coupons in those inserts! That will make you insane! Not to mention, it will create high levels of stress!

Now next week, after you have gotten a few great deals this week with your coupons, you will do it all over again. You will now be able to glance through the coupons you got this week as well as new inserts.

Your done. That's it. You spent some time doing quick coupon deals for the week. Now you can just put all your coupons away. Decide when you are going to shop at the stores that are on your list. And now just relax and enjoy your Sunday!





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7 comments :

  1. I'm so glad you re-posted this. I copied it this time. Because . . . I'm the one standing in the frozen food section of the grocery store ruffling through a hundred coupons in my coupon holder that won't stay opened right. Finally giving up because I'm freezing to death and leaving the store!! STRESS LEVEL > > > HIGH!!

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  2. Thanks for the repost. Very informative. I'm going to give this a shot.

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  3. I love using coupons. Picked up a few new ideas here. I never thought about paperclipping coupons to the store ads! Thanks!

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  4. A very interesting post. I'm a coupon snipper. I have been know to cut coupons and leave them beside the product on the shelves in the store for some other customer.

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  5. Hi Girlfriend...

    What a great post...thank you so much for sharing all these great coupon tips with us today for Sunday Favorites!!!

    I always shop with coupons. I live way out in the country and it's a 25ml. trip into Walmart but we do have a small grocery store just in the next town over (6mls.)...they always offer "double coupons"...yeeeehawwww!!! I'm pretty frugal when it comes to grocery shopping...I always sit down and make out my week's menu and I only shop for those ingredients...unless there is a great sale going on for something else! I always carry my coupon folder in my purse...just in case! Hehe! My little grocery is great about putting out coupons on the shelf too...which really helps! The pay-off for just a little time and organization is when they start taking those coupon values off of my final bill...I love saving all that money!!!

    Well my friend, as always...great tips for saving some money...today!!! Thank you so much!!!

    Have a super Sunday, Darlin'!
    Chari

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  6. Does any store still do those double coupons?
    I used to hang my grocery receipts on the fridge with the amount saved circled in RED ink!

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  7. I hate coupons! I mean, I use them, but I hate all the time that it consumes. But, that's not why I'm commenting. :)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I'm so glad that you scrolled down through all the ugliness of that vanity. I was never satisfied until the end.
    Maybe I'll get better with the whole coupon thing!
    gail

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