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119) Pamela Perkins
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It’s true: While there are lots of ways that you can save money without ever clipping a coupon, like meal-planning and stockpiling, you can save a lot of money, up to 75% off your grocery budget, when you incorporate coupons into your savings plan. The trick is in keeping them organized and using them strategically. If you don’t do these two things, you are better off focusing on meal planning and stockpiling.
A lot of people don’t want to go to the trouble that couponing involves, and I hear reasons from people all the time on why they don’t use them. But the truth is, coupons can save you a lot of money if you are willing to make a little bit of an investment in them on the front end. Coupons aren’t necessary to save, but they are one more tool in your savings arsenal that will pay huge dividends if used properly.
Here are five tips to successful couponing:
1. Be Organized – Only use coupons if you are going to keep them organized, preferably in some kind of filing system. I was at a friend’s house one day, and she was somewhat irritated as she told me how coupons were not working for her. I asked her where she kept her coupons, and she pulled out a drawer in her kitchen that was literally filled with coupons. They were clipped, but they were just all thrown in there. It was pretty obvious why the coupons weren’t working for her. She just needed to get them organized. There are two ways to do this: Clip and File or Clip as You Go. You can easily find the coupons you want by using the Faithful Provisions Coupon Database.
2. Only use coupons with sale items – Lots of people tell me that they don’t use coupons because they always use the store brand, and it always beats the name brand price, even with a coupon. Well, that’s when you use a coupon by itself. What you want to do is combine a coupon with a sale.
3. Get multiple coupon inserts – It’s okay to purchase more than one Sunday paper. In fact, I recommend that you buy one paper per family member. In order to save the most, you want to get multiples of items when they are on sale so you can stockpile. You can only use one manufacturer coupon per item, so the more coupons you have, the more of each item you can purchase.
I’ve got lots more tips on couponing in Saving Savvy, including information on stacking, sample deal scenarios, and how to tell the difference between a blinkie and a catalina! Plus, you can always find lots of help with couponing on my site, Faithful Provisions, where we do all the work of matching the store sales with current available coupons. Come on back tomorrow, when I’ll be sharing one of my favorite ways to save money. Chances are great that it’s something you’ve already got right in your kitchen—you just may have overlooked it.
Prayer for today: You are El Shaddai, Almighty God! I trust You with my eternity, but forgive me when I don’t give you my today. I’m sorry, Lord. O Lord, how hard can this be? I know that nothing is impossible for You. I know that You will give me what I need to do what You have called me to do. You’ve offered to trade Your strength for my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). I’m taking You up on it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
ENTER TO WIN TODAY’S GIVEAWAY: Finish this sentence in a comment below, and you’ll be entered to win one of two copies of Kelly’s book, Saving Savvy: “I wish there were coupons for free ________.”