How can you save money at the grocery store? How can I save money on diaper, deodorant, toothpaste, shower gel, etc? How can you maximize your savings with coupons? If you have asked your self these questions, then maybe it is time you learned how to coupon! Here are FOUR easy steps to get you started!
1. Collect Coupons
The easiest way is from your Sunday newspaper. Each weekend, there will be between 1-5 coupon inserts available, depending. Those inserts usually are the Smart Source, Red Plum, P&G (once a month), or General Mills, and sometimes the Pepsi Moments or Play Saver (with kids toys coupons). I recommend buying the paper every week. Except Holiday weekends because they will not have coupon inserts. I will let you know on My Momma Taught Me. I also recommend saving the Whole coupon inserts even after you cut out the ones you want. I often find great deals on products I wouldn’t normally buy because of high prices. When there is a super great deal I go back to that insert that coupon was in, and cut them out! I do not cut all of my coupons out. I do not use all, and see no need to waste some extra time doing so! I have a family of 4 and personally purchase 2 Sunday Papers a week (I don’t buy any else where). Also be sure to ask friends, relatives, and co workers to save you the inserts if they do not use them-or when they are done with them. This is how I get so many!
The other main way to get coupons is by printing coupons. There great printable coupon sites available. Many companies release high value printable coupons on their Facebook page or direct website as well. I also post when there is great printable coupons available to print out.
2. Organizing Your Coupons
Organization is very important. Being organized will save you time! Organize your coupons so that you can use them when you need them, and find them easily as well! There are many different ways to organize your coupons. I have a couple different ways that I’ve done it – with a coupon binder or a coupon clutch.
- Accordion Style Clutch has many sections (recommend for beginners, if you don’t have a ton of coupons, plus it’s easy to carry in your purse)
- Binder with baseball card separators with tabbed dividers (now you’re getting serious with tons of coupons!) I personally prefer the non zip kind. I think the zippered kind are too big and bulky for me. I have never dropped coupons out of it.
- Large box with drop in folders
Keeping your coupons organized is very important. It helps you keep your sanity! LOL and make things easier in the long run for you. Also, if you happen to be out and see a clearance item you know you have a coupon for, it is easy to find.
This is how I organize mine into categories:
(which all could be sub categorized even more if wanted)
I find this is simple enough and categorized according to how the items are found in the grocery store. Too many categories for me just would get me lost trying to find it all and a pain when putting them away. But you do what works for you!
* When I go into a store I always have a list of what I am buying, how much it is on Sale for, and what price Coupon I am using. This helps me stay focused and organized. I fold that list and put my coupons inside of it that I plan on using. Of course everyone is different. You will eventually come upon the best way that will work for you!
3. Choose Your Stores
When first starting off, you can easily get overwhelmed with coupons and all the many deals out there! I suggest picking one or two stores to shop at (particularly ones you have before). Start using some coupons there, and read up on their coupon policies. Different stores have different coupon policies and what they allow. Knowing that is half the battle!
4. Follow Coupon Matchups
An easy way to get a hang of what the deals are and look like is to follow coupon matchups. There are tons of matchups done weekly here on My Momma Taught Me, and on my other site Couponing at Tops or Couponing at Wegmans, as well as many other sites too! The matchups are lists of sale prices and all the coupons available to use at said store. Following matchups will not only save you money when you shop, but time preparing your lists too!
Hope this Helps!
Kristy – My Momma Taught Me