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.
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.
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.
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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 Thursday & Frugal Fridays.