Monday, June 10, 2013

Coupon review

I know I've mentioned that I am learning coupons before, but I need to mentally review. so;

1) Don't use coupons the week they are clipped. Save them to combine with sales until you can get 50% or less.

2) Don't think "What do I need this week?" Think "What might we possibly use in the next 2-4 months?" Buy up to a year's worth of each item (that keeps) at 50% or less per product.

3) Whenever possible, ditch brand loayalty. This includes "generic" brands since when you combine sales with coupons the "Name brands" are often (though not always) cheaper than the generic.

4) If possible use coupons for more than the cost of the item at walmart. They give you the overage while other stores lower the value of the coupon.

5) Keep an eye out for unadvertised specials at your local grocery (i.e. Kroger) store. These are the killer deals.

6) All items run on a 4-16 week sale cycle with killer deals "in season" once a year (i.e. baking stuff goes on killer sales in November and December, diet stuff in January, picnic stuff from mid May to July 4th.)

7) Check your store's deals at once a week. They have done the leg work of matching up coupons and sales, even giving you links to print coupons when possible. they tell you if it is an everyday sale or a stock-up sale, too.

8) Organize your coupons in some way so you can find what you need when you need it. It helps many to pull the coupons they expect to use ahead of time and keep them in a separate envelope. As items are added to the basket, putting coupons in a "buy" envelope helps too.

And for big and/or homeschooling families:

9) Delegate. Give each child their area of the food storage to neaten and inventory. When they are old enough, give them their own list and coupons and let them learn to do this.

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