Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Using Coupons

I often hear people wondering if the time spent clipping coupons is worth the little bit of money the coupon saves you.  My answer is it is, if you can use the coupon in the most effective way.

I don't clip my coupons right away.  I save them in the inserts and write the date of the insert on the front in a black sharpie marker.  (The date is found on the spine of the insert.)

The website www.HotCouponWorld.com has a coupon database that I refer to as I make up my grocery list.

If you can match coupons to the store ads you get twice the benefit.  I also follow the blog Learning the Frugal Life as she works hard to match coupons to the HyVee and Fareway ads each week.  There are a lot of websites that will match coupons to ads, but I have found that I have to wade through the CVS, Walgreens, and Target match-ups.  I don't have any of those stores in town.

I stock up on deals when I can and have a shelving unit in the basement to store some of my deals.  I know I could do better if I worked harder at it.  But I find that I don't have the time to do much more than I am.  I'm glad to do something and I always strive to do more with coupons.  They can be worth much more than some change, if you use them to your advantage.

1 comment:

  1. I also started clipping again. I get emails from coupons.com & couponmom.com & couponsuzy.com w/links to print from. I like these b/c the sites have some overlap but each has their own 'new ones' too. Now, if we can just REMEMBER TO TAKE THEM TO THE STORE! it would save way more money than sitting on the fish tank :)