I went to a coupon class in Rocklin this weekend and I just loved it. I am trying to just save money where we can, and this class really helped. I learned a lot from the class, but I just wanted to share a few things on here so you can all take what I learned as well. The person who did it was featured on the TBS show Extreme Couponing, and spent $900 on groceries, and by using coupons, she only spent $87.00. Pretty amazing! They stated that everything in grocery stores go on sale cycles in about a 3 months period. So they have a website put together where you can enter your store you shop at, put in your grocery list, and then they put all the deals together for you! It's great. The website they gave me was http://www.sacbee.grocerysmarts.com
Now, I don't know if this website will work for everyone outside of the Sacramento area, but you might as well give it a try. Another thing I did was I signed up to get 3 Sunday Newspapers! I feel crazy, but the more you have, the more you can save! The key to couponing is to buy items in bulk that will last you a 3 month period. You get those items when they are at their all-time low price (when they hit the sale price in the stores) And that is when you use your coupons.
Rule #1: NEVER USE A COUPON ON A FULL PRICE ITEM!
Rule #2: Stock up 3 months at a time. For example, when dishwasher detergent goes on sale, get what you need for your family that will last you the next 3 months until it goes on sale. You do this with all your common household and personal hygiene items and you can save so much.
Rule #3 Do NOT cut out all your coupons when you get them on Sunday! I made little manila folders labeled "Smart Source," "Redplum," "P & G," and "Weekly Store Coupons." Whenever you get your Sunday papers, just write on the front cover of whatever coupon source it is, the date you got it, then file it into it's correct folder. I made an additional "Weekly Store Coupons" because sometimes Safeway or other stores will have additional store coupons to use that week. When you use the website I listed above, it will tell you what date and what source to go to. (SS=Smart Source, RP=RedPlum, PG=P & G) That simple! No more spending so much time going through all the papers and cutting out what coupons you will use. Just simply put them in a folder until the website listed above tells you to cut them out.
If you don't take anything away from this, at least go to the following website and sign up for their email list. They pretty much tell you what deals you should not miss for that week and also give you links for additional coupons that you can print. It doesn't get much easier than that! The best thing? IT IS ALL FREE! So go to:
http://www.tipresource.com/ and sign up at the top of their website. They also have a Facebook page that you can "Like" and you can keep up on there as well.
Just wanted to share this with all of you. Hope it was somewhat helpful, and hope it made sense.