Thursday, September 2, 2010
How I Coupon
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.
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
oral care - toothpaste, floss,
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.
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.