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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Gathering Coupons for Shopping

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Last week I talked about how I store my coupons.  As promised here's what I do when I get ready to go shopping.  

It's time to go shopping.  Before leaving home make a shopping list. This list keeps you on track when at the store so you don't get swayed to buy unnecessary items.  It also helps to make sure you buy the things needed for the coming week.

The List

First, check for perishables.  Do you have eggs, milk, bread?  Have you  noticed those tend to go on sale every 2-3 weeks, at least somewhere?  So on weeks when it's cheaper try to buy enough to last for 2 - 2 1/2 weeks.  If I run out before another good sale, I'll just buy those at Aldi.  However, since watching the pattern I haven't had to buy it at Aldi very often anymore.  Aldi,  while usually cheaper when items are normally priced, are often more expensive when there's a sale.  I do love Aldi for fresh fruits and vegetables.  They often beat even the sale prices of the other stores!

Next, sit down and scan my posts and your local ads to see which deals are good enough to stock up.  There are some things that I don't buy if they aren't free because they tend to cycle often or it's something I'd make from scratch if it wasn't free.

Clip Coupons

Now it's time to clip coupons.  Some weeks are obviously more intense than others.  Print out the coupons for items on your list.  (I would appreciate if you would print from a link on my site for coupons.com and redplum, I do receive credit for those!  It helps support this site.)  At this time, I also find the ones I need from my inserts and cut those out.

Organize the Coupons for the Store

My hubby bought me this nifty carrier for my coupons!  I LOVE it!  There are several pocket areas in which I use for different stores.  I place the coupons for each store into their own pocket.  Then if a store has more than one transaction, I even separate the transactions with paper clips.  I carry my FREE product coupons in the back at all times, along store my store catalinas and the member cards in the front.

Let's Hear from You!
Do you have any pointers to help others out?  Leave a comment, I'd love to hear how you do things!

If you're a blogger I'd love you to link a tip for the home, family, or money management.  Please link directly to your post so others can easily find your tip and put a link back here on your blog

Getting coupons organized for my shopping trip Works For Me and is truly a Finer Thing!  Here's another slip for the  Tip Jar.  This post is also linked to Thrifty Tip Tuesday and Tightwad Tuesday.  This post is linked to Thrifty ThursdayFrugal Fridays.

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Mom2fur said...

You're right about perishables. Someone always seems to have milk, bread or butter on sale. Milk is often a 'loss leader.' I'll be lucky for my next two purchases--there was a deal at a local supermarket where you got $10 off 6 boxes of cereal, plus coupons for two gallons of milk! Those are valued at up to $4.50. Of course, I also added my own coupons to the cereal, so it ended up not only being less than half price--I'm getting free milk, too!

Olivia said...

Good tips! Happy Tip Jar Tuesday!

Jamie @ I Am A Money Magnet said...

How sweet of your hubby to support your couponing!!

corrin said...

I use a similar coupon holder and love it. So convenient and makes shopping so much more enjoyable!

IllinoisLori said...

The list is key...you are so right! I have spent many an enjoyable dollar at Aldi...it buys a LOT there!!! I must admit, though, that I am more and more concerned about where my food came from, and how "chemical-ed" it is, so I don't go to Aldi much anymore. Am trying to cut back in other ways to be able to afford real food, rather than "food product." Health is priceless.

Lori at Plans4You

KatieBug said...

Great Tips and thanks for the linky;)

My hubby freaks out anymore if I try and go shopping without my coupons. Ever since he realized how much we were saving or could get for much less he's been on me like wheat on rice!..lol

Lori @ Couponomic Stimulus Package said...

Jamie, I am so lucky!

Thanks for everyone stopping by! Keep the comments coming I love to hear from all of you!

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

Great tips. I definitely need to get back to coupon clipping.

I linked up. Thanks for hosting and for stopping by my blog.


Coupon Teacher said...

I file by insert, so I don't do a ton of clipping. That is a good thing for me with blogging and teaching!

Lori @ Couponomic Stimulus Package said...

Coupon Teacher, I also file by insert, this is only for when I'm getting ready to go buy groceries. Clipping is pretty necessary at that point! LOL!!!

Anonymous said...

That's great! Super organized. I check out the store deals before heading to wherever I'm going in case I can grab a couple of freebies whenever I'm there.

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