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Thursday, September 2, 2010

How I Coupon

 I've been couponing ever since I first married more than 30 years ago.  Couponing success and lots of great deals can be dependent on the stores available to shop at.  When I lived in CA, the big stores like Vons and Ralphs and Food Basket doubled coupons up to $1 and there were no limits.  I've read about so many great deals at CVS and Rite Aid and Publix and Kroger - but they are not in my town so I have to be content with 2 Superwalmarts, Walgreens and 2 smaller grocery stores. 

But wherever you live,  if your coupons are not organized and with you when  you when you shop, they won't save you any money.
I've used a big binder in the past to organize my coupons but currently, I like this little purse sized organizer.  It is made by the Container Store but I got it at a yard sale in a box of miscellaneous junk marked $1 for the lot. 
 My catagories - these are what make sense to me - you will probably sort yours differently
wet staples - any food items that come in jars or bottles
dry staples - boxed and bagged staples
dairy - cheese, milk butter, eggs
frozen and meat
beverages
oral care - toothpaste, floss,
hair
makeup - I never buy makeup unless it is on sale and I have a coupon
health - soap, razors, vitamins, OTC medicines
cleaners - laundry, dish soap, any kind of cleaning product
wraps - this is any paper or plastic product
misc.  - this is where I put baby, pet care, batteries

I know some people say they don't use coupons because coupons are just for junk food.   I don't buy a lot of junk food either.  Half of my dividers are for food items and the other half are nonfood.  I would guess that I use a lot more nonfood coupons than food coupons but that is where I save money.  And if I spend almost nothing on shampoo and laundry soap, then I have more left to spend on produce and good groceries. 
 These are my 2 tickets from the last day of August.  I had a number of coupons that expired so I did a short shopping trip to Walgreens and Walmart.  Most of the things I bought were personal care and household items.  And you probably can't read the tickets too well, but I save a lot that day. 
I don't have shopping trips like this every time.  But when I can get razors and laundry soap and toothpaste and dishwashing soap for pennies on the dollar, it really helps. 

My coupons sources - of course I save the ones in my Sunday paper.  My brother and my mom usually save theirs and I have a few friends that we occassionally mail coupons to each other. 
Sometimes I print internet coupons that I know I  will use. 
When there is a really good coupon that I want lots of,   I look on Ebay.  Coupon sellers usually have every coupon you could imagine and they are mostly  pretty cheap.

7 comments:

  1. Hi Rhonda, I enjoy having a simple system too. There are times I would rather not have to be bothered with using coupons, but they do make a difference in the grocery bill when used efficiently. I like your coupon holder, it's cheery with all the colored tabs. Can't beat $1 for it too.

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  2. Great post! I find that I generally save more $$ and use more coupons on non-food items than food items. I am blessed to have CVS and several grocery stores that doubles coupons so that really helps!

    Lately I haven't been able to purchase Sunday papers every week but a friend gives me her inserts when she's done with them and then I try to buy a paper or papers on the Sunday that the coupons are the most plentiful. I've been printing more that I know we will use; there have been a lot of good ones lately.

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  3. Hi Rhonda,
    I am like you you I use coupons mostly for non food items. We eat mostly fresh foods so there aren't too many coupons for that. I love your system. Miss Candi is wondering if Theo is staying cool.
    I love your system.
    Hugs,
    Elizabeth

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  4. Hi Rhonda. I love using coupons, and save lots of money with it. If I'm not careful they will take over my life though! Your system is really great!

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  5. I actually quit couponing, for some odd reason. I think I got burned out. But with the price of everything now, I have started back up again. I really like your tabs on yours. I might need to re-do mine that would make more sense to myself too.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Melinda

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  6. My husband really wants us to start using coupons, but I'm just not that organized. Maybe I will give your system a try! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Coupons are a much bigger thing in the US than they are here in Britain. My daughters and I are keen on using them, but they're a lot more limited.
    Happy to say that yesterday I got my milk half price though, and a third off the yogurt.
    Much of the time coupons here are for premium price products I would not buy anyway - and even with coupons are more costly than regular brands.
    You seem to have a good system there tho 0- blessings x

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