can be a Coupon Queen or King by following these simple steps.
Prepare BEFORE your Shop.
Start accumulating as many coupons as you can, check magazines and newspapers,
even look in back issues. Ask friends and relatives to save coupons
for you. Check the coupon exchange at your supermarket or local library.
If they don't have one, ask them to start one. Look for coupons on specially
marked packages (SMP) in the stores.
Pick the RIGHT Store.
Large chain stores are good, especially ones that offers "double coupons."
Shop around to determined which store offers the BEST prices. Check
the Wednesday or Sunday Food section. Look for additional coupons' and/or
Which store offers the BEST prices this week? You don't have to travel
to two or more stores. However, do compare. One store may have better
"sale items" on a particular week. If you find a store that "doubles
coupons" this may be the right store. Use your own judgement.
Make a LIST
Don't rely on a mental list, or shop when hungry. Look at the store
flyers FIRST. If the flyer offers coupons for two weeks, check both
weeks. Plan your list and menu on the "sale items" and use your coupons.
Watch the second weeks' coupons. You may find something on sale the
following week. Can you wait to save?
Don't FORGET your coupons
This has probably happened to all of us at one time. Keep your coupons
with you at all times or in your car. Remember to join the store's saving
program or club. Carry your saving card with you and you can save automatically.
Organize your Coupons
You may not want to carry all of your coupons with you but, it will
help with the "un advertised special." Put the store coupons and the
manufacturers coupons in front of your granizer or box. For those just
starting out a business envelope works great. Save those junk mail envelopes
to use as your grocery list or coupon organizer.
Check in store flyers
The flyer may include un advertised specials, refund offers and more.
These specials can save you extra money. Also check the coupon exchange
or rebate(refund) board for other offers.
Start a Christmas or saving account with your coupons savings. If you
save $10 a week x 52 weeks = $520.00 a year! Add your refund checks
into this account. Have a goal for the savings such as, a college fund,
a new car or a down payment on a house.
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