How to Start Couponing Part 4


Welcome back to Part 4 of our How to Start Couponing series.  If you are just now joining us be sure to check out  Part 1 How to Start CouponingPart 2 Finding the Deals and Part 3 How to save without printing coupons.

Today post is going to show you several ways to get coupons.  You may have heard me tell you these ways before, especially if you’ve followed some of my other series.  These are  the best way’s I’ve found in getting coupons.

1st – sign up with newspaper.. if you live here locally just email me and we can get you signed up to receive additional sunday newspapers for less than $1.00.  I get a total of 5 Sunday papers.  A huge savings to our $3.00 Sunday papers.

If you don’t live in the Las Vegas are you can still take advantage of discounted newspapers..

Newspaper Subscription
2nd – If purchasing extra newspapers are not within your budget.  Take a walk around your neighborhood and scope out who gets the Sunday Paper.  Take you’re coupon insert and knock on the door and introduce yourself and ask them if you can have their coupons, if they don’t use them.  Then each Sunday, head out early, grab the coupons from their papers.  A great way to save money and exercise too!

3rd – Get coupons HERE on my website.  You’ll have access to print all available coupons online.  You can print most coupons twice – so if you have a desktop and laptop that would give you 4 coupons.  Save on ink by printing in black and white.

4th – Participate in Coupon Swaps , post and ad in Craigslist.Org or Freecycle.Org, ask family, friends, neighbors and co-works for their coupons.

5th – Make rounds at places such as Coffee houses, McDonalds, Hospitals and other places you know that sells the Sunday Paper.  Lots of time you’ll find people leave their papers for others to read.  You can also approach and ask people reading their papers if they use their coupons.

6th – Hit the Recycling Bins in your neighborhood.  Beware of this, some properties consider this trespassing.  But if you live in communities like mine, we have our own recycling container that we put out on the curb each week.  Take some gloves with you and walk your neighborhood.

7th –  If need be order coupons on line.

Choose whichever method that’ll work for you!  The key is getting multiple coupons.  This way you can increase your stockpile at the lowest price possible.

I’ve just given you a lot of information in a short period of time.  Don’t feel overwhelmed.  Couponing is fun!  If you have questions, ask!  I’m here to help you.  Strive to Save 50% and work your way up from there.

How to Start Couponing: Part 2

If you’re just now joining us on our How to Start Couponing Series, be sure to check out Part 1.

Alright!  Are you ready to learn how to coupon?  We’ll get out your sale ads!  If you live in Las Vegas, most of your ads should be arriving in your mailbox today, Tuesday.

Now the first thing I want you to do is look over all of the sale items listed in the ad.  The more and more you clip and coupon, you’ll start to recall coupons that you may have on hand.

You want to make sure you pay special attention to the front page and back page of your weekly ads.  Most of  the items listed on the front and back page are items at their lowest to entice you to come to the store and if applied  with coupons you can walk away with some freebies!

Here’s one sale that was on the back page of a weekly ad.

Now if you can see the Ad shows Crest Toothpaste on sale 10 for $10.00.  Even though it shows 10 for $10.00 my store sell this individually at $1.00.  I don’t have to buy 10 items for this item, that is just one way to the store entices you to buy more items.  After looking through my coupons, I happen to have $1.00 off Coupon, so guess what!!  This make this item FREE for me! Savings equals 100% using coupon.

Now FREE isn’t always the case..I may have a coupon but I may not be able to get the item for free however the savings is still significant.

Tony’s Party Time Pizza is on sale for $1.00, well I happen to have $1.00/2 coupon.  By using this coupon that I obtain from the SS (Smart Source) insert, I’ll be able to reduce the cost to 50% off, getting 2 Pizzas for the price of $1.00.  Savings equals 50% using coupon.

Depending on the store you shop at is another big factor in couponing.

Sorry for the pictures being so small… My ad, currently has Haribo Gold-Bears for $1.00, well I found a coupon online for $0.30/1.  This product is on sale 10 for $10.00.  Using this coupon at my store the cost would be $0.70.  However if you are one of the lucky ones whose store double coupons, this would be a great coupon to use, now making it worth $0.60.  You’ll be able to walk away getting this item for $0.40.  Savings equals 60% using the coupon at double the value.

See how your savings can fluctuate?  Couponers don’t always walk about with free stuff, no matter how seasoned you are.  It’s combining the right sale to the right coupon.  Having the right coupon and a bunch of them at the same time.. can make you an extreme couponer.

I strive to always save around 60% at the store.  To me, that’s realistic.

Join me tomorrow as I discuss Part 3 – How to save without printing coupons!

 

 

How to Start Couponing Part 1

With TLC Extreme Couponing Show, many of you new readers are wondering how to get started.  It’s great that the show, shows people walking away with huge amounts of savings however it doesn’t show you how to get started.

I’m going to show you how to get started and you’ll find It’s really simple to get started once you know the basics!

One thing you’ll notice on the show is that the people on the show buy several of the same items.  Buying multiple items and stocking up is the key to savings.  However the show is unrealistic too.  If I went into the store and bought 1000 boxes of cereals and had 1000 of the right coupons my savings would be extreme too.

I don’t extreme coupon.  I get multiple papers, a total of 5.  Having multiple coupons is what you need and how extreme you want to go is up to you and your amount of coupons.

The stores you shop at are also extremely important.  If you have a store that doubles coupons you can walk away with even more savings.  Here in Las Vegas our stores don’t offer that, but don’t let that discourage you.  You will still be able to walk away with free items and unbelievable savings.

Don’t be too concerned with walking away from the store with a 99% savings.  Most couponers on average save about 50-60% off of their grocery bill consistently!  As long as you are saving that’s what’s important!

Now before I show you how to coupons we need to back up and learn the basics.

Throw everything you know about couponing out of the window.  Couponing is for buying things when you don’t need them.  If you are going to start couponing, you need to keep an open mind, be willing to try different brands.  If you stick to one brand it’ll reduce your savings opportunities.

Join me tomorrow as we discuss part 2 and review sale ads.

 

 

Stockpiling Series: Part 4

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Welcome Back to How to build your stockpile series.  If you’re just now joining us for the first time, be sure to check out Part 1:  Organization , Part 2: Calculating your stockpile need, Part 3:  Waiting for the perfect sale.

Part 4:  Getting multiple coupons.  This is key to building your stockpile if you are couponing.  If you’ve decided couponing is not for you, Part 4 will not apply to you.

There are several ways to get coupons.

1st – sign up with newspaper.. if you live here locally just email me and we can get you signed up to receive additional sunday newspapers for less than $1.00.  I get a total of 5 Sunday papers.

If you don’t live in the Las Vegas are you can still take advantage of discounted newspapers..

Newspaper Subscription
2nd – If purchasing extra newspapers are not within your budget.  Take a walk around your neighborhood and scope out who gets the Sunday Paper.  Take you’re coupon insert and knock on the door and introduce yourself and ask them if you can have their coupons, if they don’t use them.

3rd – Get coupons HERE on my website.  You’ll have access to print all available coupons online.  You can print most coupons twice – so if you have a desktop and laptop that would give you 4 coupons.  Save on ink by printing in black and white.

4th – Participate in Coupon Swaps , post and ad in Craigslist.Org or Freecycle.Org, ask family, friends, neighbors and co-works for their coupons.

5th – Make rounds at places such as Coffe houses, McDonalds, Hospitals and other places you know that sells the Sunday Paper.  Lots of time you’ll find people leave their papers for others to read.  You can also approach and ask people reading their papers if they use their coupons.

6th – Hit the Recyling Bins in your neighborhood.  Beware of this, some properties consider this trespassing.  But if you live in communities like mine, we have our own recycling container that we put out on the curb each week.  Take some gloves with you and walk your neighborhood.

7th –  If need be order coupons on line.

Choose whichever method that’ll work for you!  The key is getting multiple coupons.  This way you can increase your stockpile at the lowest price possible.

What are your favorite ways to get coupons?

 

Stockpiling Series: Part 3

How to build your stockpile

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Welcome back to how to build your stockpile.  If you’re just now joining us be sure to check out stockpiling series Part 1: Organization and Part 2: Calculating your stockpile need.

In Part 3 we’ll be waiting for the perfect sale to increase our stockpile.

In part 2 example we’ve calculated that we need to grab 12 toothbrushes to get us through the next sales cycle.

You don’t need to coupon in order to increase your stockpile, you just need to wait for the store to put the item on sale at their rock bottom price.  However if you have coupons to apply to the rock bottom price, you’re savings will be even more significant.

We’ll be assuming that all of us are couponers in my next example.

Let’s say, their is a sale on Colgate toothbrushes 10/$10.00, normally priced at $2.29 each.  By waiting for the sale I’ve already save $1.29, but now I want to further my savings to see if any coupons are available on this product.  So I’ll check the printable coupons.  Wahoo! I find $0.75/1 coupons are available for this product.  Which makes the final cost $0.25 each.  If I purchase all of these with a coupon it’ll cost me $3.00 for all 12!  Which is amazing since one at regular price was $2.29.

As I said earlier you don’t have to coupon to save.  The regular price would have been $27.48 if you bought all of these one at time when you needed it, not on sale.  Buying them on sale would cost you $12.00, saving you $15.48, but if you coupon, it would cost you $3.00 see how couponing pays off?

Having multiple coupons is key to this, join me tomorrow for Part 4:  Getting multiple coupons.

Want to know more about how to start couponing?  Check out my how to start couponing series.

Stockpiling Series: Part 2

how to build your stockpile

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Welcome back to How to build up your stockpile… If you’re just now joining us, be sure to check out Part 1: Organization

Now that you’ve completed Part 1 and have your inventory and are organized lets move on to Part 2.  Calculating your stockpile need.

The purpose of stockpiling is to buy items when you don’t need it, this way you don’t ever have to pay full price for the item when you do need it. Did you hear me correctly?  Buying stuff when you don’t need it, is the key!!

That is why I asked you to take inventory on your items.  If you have a dozen shampoos in your pantry but only one tube of toothpaste, you’ll want to stream your focus on getting more toothpaste.  Not only will this help you control your costs, it’ll help you from buying stuff that you don’t need.

Now what I want you to do is to make a list of everything your family uses…

Example:   Toiletries:  Toothpaste, Shampoo, Razors, Shaving cream, etc..

Groceries:  Pasta Sauce, Pasta Noodles, Cereal, Soups, Ground Beef, etc..

Imagine you ran a restaurant and created the menu of all the items you could serve your customers.  Would you wait to run out to the store to buy all of the ingredients after they ordered?  Of course not!  This is how you want to look at what you are stockpiling.  You don’t ever want to have to run out to grab something that you’ll need, let alone pay full price.

Most sales cycles run about every 3 months, In this next example we are going to ensure we have enough to last us until the next sale.

Let’s say our need  is toothbrushes, now calculate how often your family changes their toothbrushes.  You can guess on this.  For example..  If your family changes their toothbrushes every month and you have a family of 4, you’ll need 12 toothbrushes  to get through to the next sale.

4 toothbrushes x 3 months = 12 toothbrushes

Now that we know how many toothbrushes we need, we need to wait for the perfect sale to stock-up on this.  Join me tomorrow for  Part 3 – Stockup Sale

 

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