I’ve been couponing since April, and I’ve acquired a pretty decent little stockpile. I thought I’d share it with you today, along with a few couponing tips.
The middle shelf here is my main stockpile. I’ve got lightbulbs, air fresheners, nail clippers, toothpaste, deodorant, hand soap, baby wash, shampoo, and body wash, among other things! Health care items are the easiest items to get for free!
Couponing doesn’t have to be extreme, but it does take a little bit of organization and planning.
1. Get a newspaper subscription that includes the SmartSource and Red Plum inserts.
This was hard for me at first, because I couldn’t get a newspaper subscription where I lived. I had it delivered to my parents’ house, and I picked it up whenever I was there. Now my paper is dropped off very early every Sunday morning, right on my driveway! Not all papers carry these inserts, so find out which paper in your area does!
2. Keep your inserts together and mark them with the date (found on the insert’s spine).
This is my lovely little coupon box with all my inserts.
I also keep folders in there for loose coupons, as well as a pair of scissors and a marker.
3. Find a couponing website you like (mine is The Krazy Coupon Lady) and check every Sunday for that week’s deals.
I like The Krazy Coupon Lady for several reasons.
-Her site is set up like a blog, and every Sunday she posts the best deals of the week under her “Let’s Shop” label. Every Wednesday (under the same label) she posts the deals she bought that week. Those are my go-to posts to decide which deals I’m going to get.
-She marks really good deals with a little icon, and free or almost-free deals with another little icon, so it’s easy to scan the list to see what to go for.
-She includes detailed explanations for how to use coupons at each store (policies can vary widely!).
-I usually just scan for the good deal icons, but the site is comprehensive and lists every coupon and every deal at every store!
4. Choose the deals you want to get, print or clip the coupons, and go get ’em!
I copy and paste all the deals I want to get into a notepad file and print it out. Then I make sure I have all the coupons I need. I either clip them from my inserts, or I print them online. Then I keep them organized in envelopes marked for each store.
Here’s some more of my stockpile:
And here is my latest couponing haul:
The Method bathroom cleaner was on sale for $2.89, and I used two coupons for $1 off each (a Target coupon and a manufacturer coupon) making it $0.89. And everything else was free. The heartburn spray (which I’m excited to try out next time I’m pregnant, since I get bad heartburn…maybe “excited” isn’t the right word) cost $10, but I received a $10 register reward which I can use next time I shop there (Walgreens), so it’s like getting it for free.
Couponing really isn’t hard. If you use a couponing website, they do all the hard work for you! Let me know if you have any questions; I’d love to help you become an extreme totally reasonable couponer!