The idea of couponing can be completely overwhelming if you don’t know where to begin.
I’d like to give you a few tips on how to get started so that you can figure out what’s comfortable for you. Then you can check SavvygirlLiving.com daily to keep up with weekly grocery and other retailer’s deals.
1. Newspapers. It is key is to purchase the same amount of newspapers every Sunday as the amount of mouths you have in your household. So, if there’s a mom, dad and two children, purchase a total of four Sunday newspapers.
Each weekly newspaper’s coupons vary, but on a typical Sunday you will receive up to three different types of coupon booklets in additional to sales ads. These glossy booklets are titled SmartSource, Red Plum and Proctor & Gamble. Each of these coupon books contain manufacturer coupons that are good at any major retailer that accepts coupons (Walmart, Albertsons, Safeway, Walgreens, Fred Meyer, Rite Aid, etc.).
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Keep these coupon booklets in an organized binder or safe place until they expire. Sometimes, you will want to use the coupon several weeks after the newspaper came out.
2. Wait for a sale. Now that you have coupons, wait until an item goes on sale before you go out and purchase. Of course don’t starve your family, but don't "stock up" just yet. Wait for that particular item to go on sale so that you can combine that sale with your coupon.
The ideal stock-up price is 50 percent off the retail price. However, some items just don’t get that low (milk for example). So as you’re first starting out, just look for a sale and a coupon to combine it with. Also, watch for my weekly sales posts to help you out with what is on sale and where you can find the coupons you need to make that sale even sweeter.
3. Stock up. When the price is low (sale and coupon) stock up! One rule is to stock up on items that will take you six weeks to use for your family.
Typically, items go on sale in a six-week cycle. Sometimes, they go on sale more often than that, but typically at least every six weeks. This way you have enough items in your pantry to last you until the next sale comes along.
Of course, this doesn’t pertain to items that will expire before you can consume them.