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Should you or shouldn't you?  Coupons work for some and not for others.  I have certainly been the fool that spent all afternoon clipping,  arriving at the store in that ideal moment, when the item is on super sale and I know I have a great coupon, only to stand there blankly wondering where that coupon went.

Actually I gave up couponing a long time ago, in the interest of simplicity.  But the current economy had me curious about clipping again.  So I thought I would give it a go.  I thought maybe I owed it to myself, my family and my wallet to give it another try.

I was amazed once I started clipping, how many good buys were out there.  My perception of coupons being only for the "junk I never buy" was off by a long shot.  In the past few weeks my grocery bill has dropped a bit.  I am guessing that I am saving about 8 bucks a week.  Not much?  Well, that's 300 a year and I am still a novice.  

 Here are some simple strategies I use to make couponing work for me.

Use your grocery store's specials when you can.  I shop at Food Lion and after several gallons of milk you get one free.  They also have a $20 coupon for turkey every fall when you shop 6 out of 8 weeks.  I think they have one in the spring too.  Look for your grocers specials and make them work for you.

Get a good container.  My supplies?  Simple.  A small pile of 3×5 index cards and a zippered pencil pouch.  The kind that has a three hole punch in it so you can add it to your 3 – ring binder?  Mine has an even smaller additional zippered pouch in the front and I use that to "hold" all the coupons I am using while I shop.  I stand the index cards up and label the top with categories, like "Frozen" and "Dairy."  They are my dividers in my little pencil pouch.  It fits in my handbag and I have it with me always, even at places like Wal-Mart.  It's so easy to grab a section of coupons and take a look for what I need.  I also scoop them up from those auto coupon dispensers in the grocer.  So simple and easy.

Keeping place.  My container is small and I keep it in my purse.  You could also keep it in your glove compartment or at your desk. Find what works for you.

Common sense.  It doesn't matter if the olives were $7.00 before your coupon.  Is this something that you really want, that makes sense for you and your family?  Use your noggin and don't get duped!

The amazing internet.  There are so many great coupon sites online.  You can print out exactly what you need.  Consider as an option.

Avoid the avalanche.  Be careful of how many you collect.  The last thing you need is 6000 coupons you never use that only serve to prevent you from finding the ones you actually will use.  Be selective!

Hey, have fun collecting coupons if it is your thing and if it isn't, no big deal.  Sometimes you just have to acknowledge a square peg won't fit in a round hole!  

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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Oct 16, 2009
    • I shop at Costco mostly and I am grateful they have coupons too.  I save a ton ($50-60) from that.

      Also I clip off restaurants/fast food/pizza coupons.  I use marker to write big on expiration day.  Then I file by exp. day in a box nearby the kitchen.  When I feel like take out or delivery, I take a look.  Once awhile, I toss out the expired one.

      Suggestion: clip only what you would normally buy anyway.

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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Maria Murphy wrote Oct 16, 2009
    • Great tips!  Love those.  I noticed the Papa John’s by our house is taking competitor’s coupons...another way to save.

      Thanks for the great ideas!


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