Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Know How to Coupon: What is a Coupon?

Most stores won't accept a coupon without an expiration date!

Know How to Coupon: Where do I get my Coupons?

Keep in mind, if you've spent 2-bucks to buy a newspaper, you need to use at least $2 in coupons to cover the cost of the newspaper!  If you drive to buy your paper/magazine, consider getting a home delivery subscription to save gas!  Call the paper and find out if you can get it delivered to your door.

Owensboro Messenger Inquirer   (270) 684-5261
Evansville Courier & Press (812) 464-7500
Louisville Courier Journal (866) 655-4321
KY New Era (270) 887-3290

{{Quick Tip}} Check the paper before you leave the store!  Sometimes the coupon inserts are not in the paper!  Sunday Coupon Preview is a wonderful website that tells you what inserts to look for each week!

Know How to Coupon: Internet Printable Coupons

Internet Printables are the fastest, easiest way to obtain coupons for the products you use.  But, there are THREE things you have to have to get started:  A Computer, A Printer, and Internet Access. 

Internet Printables are free to get but are not free to print!  Every time you print you're using ink and spending money.  Print what you'll use and skip the "maybes".

Here are the four top sites for Internet Printables:

Coupons.com     SmartSource.com     RedPlum.com     CouponNetwork.com

A lot of manufacturer's also have printables on their website.  Take a few mintues to look up your favorite products, you might be surprised to find a printable coupon!

{{Quick Tip:  You can almost always print a coupon TWICE!}}
{{Quick Tip:  Never photocopy a coupon and try to use it!  Internet Printables have a unique "pin" and can only be used once.  Making copies is a No-No!}}

Know How to Coupon: Ebay & Coupon Clippers

If you use Ebay or a Clipping Service, you'll have to pay a fee per coupon and probably Shipping & Handling.  Beware of sharing your credit card information online!

These options are good when there is a coupon that didn't make it into your local newspaper.  Or when you want a quantity of a specific coupon.  The longer you coupon, the better you'll get at knowing what is a good coupon and what is a great coupon!

Some Clippers I Like:
My Coupon Hunter
Clippity Q
Coupon DeDe

Know How to Coupon: How do I Organize my Coupons?

The key is knowing what coupons you have and where to find them.  Find the way that's right for you!

Know How to Coupon: My Top Three Tools

Sunday Coupon Preview will let you know what coupons are coming out on Sunday.

A Coupon Database is the quickest, easiest way to find out if there is a coupon for a specific product.
I use the Coupon Database on Southern Savers every week while I'm making the Coupon Matchups for Food Giant, Sureway, and Market Place.

I use Binder Clips (get them anywhere you find office/school supplies) to hold my coupons together as I shop.  I almost always leave my "binder" at home and only carry the coupons I plan to use.  Binder Clips are great for keeping stuff clipped together.  You could also use paper clips or an envelope.

Know How to Coupon: Where to Use Your Coupons

Generally, if the store sells groceries, they accept coupons.  Most stores have a viewable Coupon Acceptance Policy.  Get familiar with the policy and find a blog that caters to that retailer.

{{Quick Tip: Save your printer ink and do not print out the Coupon Acceptance Policies!}}

Know How to Coupon: How do I find the Savings?

Weekly Sale Ads are the easiest way to know what's on sale and where it's on sale.  Most ads are in the Sunday paper or you can grab an ad in the store. 

To get the most out of your weekly ad, find a coupon blog/website that gives you a Coupon Matchup so you can find a list of coupons to go along with this week's sale. 

There are a ton of Coupon Blogs/Websites you can follow.  I like to subscribe by email so I get a message when new information is added.  Follow blogs that give you info on the stores where you shop!

Here's a Short List:
Food Giant, Market Place, Sureway:  Hopkins County Couponer or Coupon For Change
Kroger: I Heart Kroger
Walmart: I Heart the Mart (often features prices that differ from our local prices!)
Walgreens: Wild for Wags
CVS: Wild for CVS
All the Major Stores: Southern Savers

Know How to Coupon: What's Up with Sale Cycles, Price Books, & Rainchecks?

If you're not "brand loyal" always buy the least expensive brand.  Sometimes, the store brand is still cheaper, even when you're using a coupon on a brand name item.

Know How to Coupon: Coupon For Change

Like I always say, Couponers CAN make a difference, one donation at a time.

Coupon For Change is an idea I had after blogging for several months.  It should literally cost you "pocket-Change" to coupon.  If you're paying more for your coupons than you're saving with the coupons, you may as well skip the coupons.  Try Price Matching, you will be amazed at how much you can save just by getting it when it's on sale.

You should also use your couponing skills to "Change the world" and do something good for others.  Avoid becoming a "hoarder" by donating some of the things you've bought with your coupons.  You can guarantee there is someone, somewhere that will benefit from your generosity.

{{Quick Tip: If you're looking for a place to donate, McCay Chiropractic is accepting items for the Fisher House at Fort Campbell, read my previous posts for more information!}}

Fisher House Donation Drop

As your holidays become merry and bright, share the feeling by making a donation to Fisher House at Fort Campbell.  McCay Chiropractic is proudly accepting donations for this very important cause.  My husband is a soldier stationed at Fort Campbell so all things military are near and dear to me.  The Fisher House is a wonderful location that keeps families together as our wounded warriors head down that sometimes long road to recovery.

Here's a little story you might not hear anywhere else...I happen to know a young woman who is the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran, and she just happens to work at McCay Chiropractic.  In the past, the office had joined together to support a charity of some kind during the holidays.  This year, they wanted to support a military cause.  I know for a fact that this young woman worked hard to find a great cause and wouldn't give up when her phone calls were not returned.  Finally, she connected with the great folks at Fisher House and a dream to help soldiers became an attainable task!  There is nothing greater than the determination of a great and caring person!  Thank you SH!

Now, let's not allow all her hard work go to waste!  Pick up a donation item and drop it off as you head home from shopping.  If you're a couponer, clean out some of your stockpile and donate it to a wonderful cause.  I'm telling myself to do this, too, because I haven't dropped off a donation yet.  But, I do have HE Laundry Detergent with Fisher House written all over it!  And, don't forget that this Saturday is another "Save $5 off a $25 Purchase" day at Dollar General.  Work in a large office?  You only need twenty people willing to give a buck for a GREAT cause!  If you or your office make a donation, I'll promote you shamlessly on this blog!  Remember, this holiday isn't about the toys, it's about helping your fellow man!

Kraft Big Slices, Parent's Choice Formula

Found a couple new printable coupons on Coupons.com that I like...

Save $5 on One Can of 23.2 oz Powder or Larger Parent's Choice Formula

Parent's Choice Formula prices start at $12.88 online, prices instore should be similar!

Save 50-cents on any ONE Kraft Big Slice Natural Cheese

Haven't tried these, but I know cheese slices are on my shopping list this week!

Coca Cola Ahhh Giver on Facebook

Head on over to Facebook and send your friends a coupon via the Coca Cola Ahh Giver!  When this works, I think it's a lot of fun.  It wasn't working the last time I tried, but I gave it a little while and tried again and it worked perfectly!  How does that song go...I'd like to give the world a coke?  Well, now you can at least give a coupon to a friend!

Zeal for a Deal: Change for a Change at Kroger

Another great matchup from Zeal for a Deal for this week's Change for a Change at Kroger!

Change for a Change Items for Kroger Sale 12/11-12/17
Sun Laundry Detergent, Select Varieties, Liquid, 40 Loads, $1.47 (through 12/14 only)
Purchase 1                    $1.47
 General Mills Cereal, Select Varieties, 11.5 to 14 oz, $1.99
$0.75/1 General Mills Cocoa Puffs or Golden Grahams Cereal PRINT
Purchase 1                   $1.24
Kroger Vegetables, Select Varieties, 11 to 15.25 oz Can (Excluding Peas), 5/$3
Purchase 2                   $1.20
Total Spent  3.91  for almost $9 worth of groceries!  (56% off)

Walmart Ad & Matchup

View the Walmart Sale Ad on the Walmart Website.  Then visit Southern Savers for a Coupon Matchup!