New To Couponing? Let’s Get Started.

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In the last week (possibly just since the New Year?) I’ve received at least twenty requests for information on how to really get start couponing.  So, if you’re one of those folks who’s determined to start your saving big in 2014, this is for you. Here are a few tips (and feel free to ask your questions below!)

 

Also, there are certain times of the year when specific items are significantly cheaper to purchase. Here’s the cycle that my friend Shannon and I have figured out are the best times to grab certain items (please leave a comment if you think of other items that go on sale seasonally and I’ll add them!)

  • Baking Supplies, Cooking Soups, Spices, Seasonings – November/December (Holidays)
  • Meat, Condiments – Summertime (Grilling Season)
  • Produce – Summertime (Stockpile things like green peppers and onions to freeze for winter casseroles, soups, etc.; freeze fruit for winter baking – strawberries, blackberries, bananas, etc.)
  • Cream Cheese, Velveeta, Canned Tomatoes, Dried & Canned Beans, Cheese - January, February (Super Bowl and March Madness)
  • Packaged Snacks, School Supplies – August (Back to School)

 

 

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  1. jim says:

    You know not to throw my two cents in or anything ha ha…but couponing is definitely not easy. Laurie and Shannon can only offer so much to the strategy by listing all the deals. CVS is a great example of this….that kiosk is your friend. They don’t know what comes out of it every day. It is very random. The kiosk turns cheap into free or moneymaker many times especially with the expired coupons. I would encourage everyone to look for EVERY angle possible to use a competitor coupon if possible through their grocery. It is a straight 20% off the top and makes you way ahead of the game. Try to pick times where it isn’t as crowded if you have competitor or lots of coupons and even ask a manager before you go through line if it is crowded who the best cashier is that shift. It can be uncomfortable couponing. I swear even now that I have it down to a science I still go to the grocery feeling like what if they give me a hard time today so I guess I am prepared for that every single shopping trip.

    However, it is worth it. Don’t worry about being like the great couponers just save where you can. Saving money at the grocery or drugstore will make you save money everywhere like maybe even a car on Craigslist.

    Saving money and staying out of debt which I admire Laurie so much for preaching is the key to a low stress life. Life on our terms is what couponing is about for me.

    Good luck everyone! Nothing better than watching your kids eat good for a low price!

    • Laurie says:

      You’re so right about that Jim! And like you said, no one can do the work for you – we try to make it easier (and hope we do!) but ultimately each person has got to go out. do the best research they can, and actually put those actions into place. (I once heard someone say that if you want to coupon, read as much as you can on coupon sites and just get informed – then get to work!)

      And I soooo love the peace that comes with frugal living. I fed my family tonight for under $5 (grilled chicken, salad, rolls and potatoes), and love that we can eat so well on less. Thanks for the encouragement Jim!

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