Couponing Tips – 4 Easy Steps to Follow for Maximum Savings

If you’re a busy mom like me, you probably don’t have tons of time to invest in cutting out and organizing coupons or researching sales adds. Recently several friends have asked me how I “do the whole coupon thing”, so I thought I would share my method with you.

It really does pay off to invest a little time and effort. Your savings will add up!

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1. Only cut out the coupons you’ll actually use.

I’ll admit, when I first started couponing I cut out every single coupon. It was such a waste of time. Every month I would throw out hand fulls of coupons. Now I only cut out the ones I would actually use {which still are quite a few.}

I also don’t print out every coupon the savings websites recommend. Wait until you compile your shopping list and only print out the ones you truly will use. This saves on paper and ink.

I have found that Sunday afternoons are a great time to plop myself on the living room floor and tackle this task. Right now, I use the coupon inserts from two Sunday papers, ours and our neighbor’s.

FYI- Here’s a great post on how to organize your coupons. I use the binder method.

 

2. Make a shopping list using coupon match-up sites.

Before I head to the store I create a list with the help of coupon match-up sites. My favorites are:

The Krazy Coupon Lady ~ CVS, Walgreens, Target

Bargains to Bounty ~ Kroger, Meijer

Money Saving Mom ~ Target

It’s easy to create a list just simply by copying and pasting the item information from the websites onto a Word document. This is also the time to print out any coupons you plan on using. Just click on the links provided by the coupon match-up sites. See, it’s that easy!

 

3. Fill your couponing envelopes.

I have a designated envelope for each store. Each envelope is filled only with the coupons I plan on using during my shopping trip.

I still carry my coupon binder into the store, just in case there’s an unadvertised deal that catches my eye.

 

4. Go shopping.

With your list and coupons all ready to go, shopping is now quite easy. You should start seeing your savings add up and will be motivated to keep going.

Remember that it’s okay if you don’t get to every store each week and pick up every great deal. I know I don’t! It’s important that you start small and have fun!

 

Do you coupon? I would love to hear what works for you! Please share in the comments below.

 

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