So what's my system of attack? Ok, well here's how I go about getting my savings.
1) CLIP IT. Right now I'm an online coupon clipper. We don't get the paper anymore but I've been considering getting the Sunday paper again cause I know I'm missing out on some amazingness (<--yes, that's a word). I prefer going to the following links:
- Blog - A Thrifty Mom - Sarah is amazing at finding deals. I usually scope her blog daily to see how to save! She even has this awesome tutorial on how to coupon. Absolutely fantastic.
- Target Coupons
- Walgreens Coupons
- Red Plum
- Smart Source
- Retail Me Not - This is a great source for online promotional codes, but it also has some coupons, so I like to type in my store and see if there are any deals going on.
- Store coupons...ya know, the ones that are on the back of your receipt or that get printed off after your purchases! Usually they are similar to the items you've just purchased!
- Coupons attached to the items you're buying! You can use them at the time of purchase!
- Set up a coupon e-mail address and register it on brand name sites like: P&G. Just Google search your favorite brands. You'll be surprised what you can sign up for!
3) PLAN IT. This is the newest step for me, but it's the work involved that saves the big bucks.
- I first make out a menu list for the week. I know, it seems extreme but after coming home after working all day it's a relief to already know what I need to do to get dinner on the table. Plus it helps to have all the items I need to make it. It's those impromptu grocery trips that cost time and money. (Let's be honest, we've all gone in for milk and left with 10 other items). Anywho, from that menu I make the grocery list. I also add on the items we've run out of that have been written on the grocery list during the week (We keep that list stuck on the fridge)
- Second, I research all the ads for the grocery stores I'll be going to. First I check through to see if there are any deals I just can't pass up. Items that I was not planning on purchasing. I look for staples and items that may not go bad right away so I can store up.
- Thirdly, I start gathering my coupons that I can use. This is the fun part for me because I try to find coupons for everything I need to buy. You'll be surprised what a Google search on the leftover items brings up. A few months ago I got a coupon for a free avocado! Not kidding! So it helps to search! Check with the coupon policy for each store. Some allow you to double up the same coupon or even get money back for the difference if the coupon is more than the price of the item (<--Walmart does this!)
Hope this inspires someone! I just saved $14.95 in groceries last night!
Love to hear of your coupon stories!