Create a Wanted List
What do you cook or bake most often? Create a list of your top 10 “go to” recipes, and write down each ingredient you will need for those recipes. Then, create a price sheet – write down the item, the price per ounce (or pound, etc), and the date you find those prices. Tracking your most used items across a span of 6 weeks or so will ensure you know the lowest prices, and know when to buy. Combining these low prices with coupons can easily slash your grocery bill in half!
Find coupons in your Sunday paper, in magazines, in store, and online. When printing coupons, make sure it is a higher value coupon so it is worth the expense you will have (paper, ink). Before purchasing a Sunday paper, make sure the coupons are actually in it. Subscribing to the paper will prevent you from missing coupons, and is cheaper than purchasing one at the store every week. Hold a “coupon swap” with friends! I have many friends that need baby item coupons. My little one no longer needs these items, so I will swap them with friends for coupons that I do need.
You can use envelopes, a file cabinet, or a binder to organize your coupons. Find out what works best for you, and try it out. If it doesn’t work as well as you expected it to, try another organization method.
Matching Coupons to Deals
The key to couponing is to be patient. When you purchase the Sunday paper, clip and organize your coupons and then find the match-ups. Do not try to use the coupons the same week you get them, unless there’s an amazing deal at that time! The coupons come out, and then match them up with the best deals a few weeks later, for the most part.
Shopping at stores that double coupons is ideal, but is not always possible. Holding onto the coupons to wait for the sales cycles to match up is the best way to get the most for your money.
The Trick to Couponing
Find a high value coupon, match it up with a big sale, find another coupon (in-store, rebate, etc) and stack it with the first one, and there ya have it! That is the trick to successful couponing. Fairly simple, especially if you check my site often!
Try to only buy items when on sale, and match them with a coupon, so you get the best deal possible!
Storing Your Stockpile
After you’ve been couponing for a few weeks, you may have some sort of stockpile in your home. The best place to store your stockpile is the basement, but if you don’t have a basement there are lots of other options! Try creating extra shelves in your pantry, or searching Pinterest for organizing ideas for small spaces. Shelves, boxes, and closets are all great options for storing your growing stockpile. Don’t forget to rotate the older items towards the front of the shelves when adding new items.
What your personal tips to couponing successfully? What methods work best for you?