Organizing your coupons can be more challenging than actually using
them! However, taming that paper monster is crucial for for
success. Here are three different methods to try.
1. The Traditional Binder Clipping Method:
Buy an enormous three ring binder and fill it with baseball card
holders or clear pencil cases that zip. Organize your
coupons by category, such as produce, health and beauty, canned
goods, frozen, etc. I like to keep my binder organized by
aisles in the store, so produce is first, followed by dairy,
canned, pasta, cereal, etc.
Each week, clip the coupons you want from the grocery circulars and
other sources such as coupons you find in the store. File them in
your binder and remove any expired coupons. The advantages to
this method are you always have what you need, ready to go.
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Nothing gets a couponer's blood pressure rising faster than the discussion topic of shelf-clearing. It's one thing couponers definitely have an opinion about. I am pro-shelf clearing. Yes, that's right, I am an unapologetic shelf-clearer.
They made it seem so easy on the TLC show Extreme Couponing. What you didn't see were stores bending over backwards to let those shoppers break all the store's couponing policies, just for the opportunity to be featured on the show.
Extreme anything is ridiculous, and sometimes even dangerous. The word "extreme" is now often used as a hyper-descriptor for anything seen as extra good, extra delicious, extra anything. Extreme Bacon Burgers. Extreme Weight Loss. Extreme Makeovers. Extremes can not possibly be good for you. And neither is Extreme Couponing. The show or the practice.
Everything in moderation, right? That includes using your resources wisely. Resources being both your money and your time. Here are five reasons why extreme couponing is wrong and you'll never see me doing it. Besides the fact that I can't push a full cart of groceries.
Does shopping at the Commissary really save you money? My answer, it depends. From my experience as a 11 year military wife, it depends on the state you live in, the surrounding areas, and the time at which you shop.
If the cost of living is higher where you are stationed, then the Commissary is always the place to go. If the nearest grocery store is 25 minutes away from post, then the Commissary is cheaper after you factor in gas, etc.. To each its own, but here are my personal tips for saving at the Commissary:
Kids in the Grocery Store…Probably brings up a mixture of emotions. Perhaps dread. Perhaps
excitement, maybe if it's your first trip to the store with your new baby (or your first trip out of the
house with baby!). I have certainly felt many emotions on the spectrum between dread and excitement,
depending on the situation surrounding each grocery trip!
I generally have 1 or 2 kids with me when I head to the grocery store. My goal is to take a few kids with
me as possible, as it usually doesn't work out in my schedule each week to go alone. That would be my
ideal…but by the time 9 pm rolls around and all the kids are asleep, I'd rather crash into bed than head
to the grocery store.
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I'm always looking for new ways to save on groceries because its not always just about the coupons. Like playing a video game, you can have multiple strategies to come out a winner!
It's all about planning, strategizing and putting those into action. While it can be as simple as using coupons and following the sales cycle, there's actually a whole lot more to it than that. With these tips from our DealPros, you can come out a big winner at saving on your groceries:
Buying bigger doesn't always mean cheaper
Have you every found yourself at a shopping aisle looking at a smaller product such as an 8 oz. can of tomatoes for 32 cents versus looking at a larger 15 oz. can for 67 cents. Should you buy two 8 oz. cans or buy one 15 oz. can? Which choice is cheaper? Laura of A Frugal Chick did this comparison and found that buying bigger doesn't always mean cheaper. She suggests you make sure you look at the price before grabbing things off the shelf.