Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to save your family more money? Who doesn’t like to save money, (except maybe that baby on the credit card commercials with Jimmy Fallon!)? Here are some tips to get you started saving money by using coupons on the things your family uses the most.
Does shopping for groceries make you sick to your stomach by the time you get to the check-out? I used to feel that way before I started coupon shopping 2 years ago. I started by slowly building a stock pile of groceries and supplies my family uses the most. You, too, can make 2013 the year you take control of your grocery budget and start using coupons to save your family money.
Here are some ideas and links to get you started coupon shopping in 2013
- Find the Best Coupons (newspapers, online, and other)
Did you realize that the coupons you get in your Sunday newspaper may not be the best ones available? If you live in a smaller size town, you’re probably getting sub-par coupons compared to a larger city near you. It’s not a widely know fact to beginning coupon shoppers, that papers from bigger cities will have more coupons, and the coupons it contains will be higher value! Check out this post for a list of papers you should subscribe to or purchase each Sunday as well as where to find coupons if you’re not within delivery distance of a big city!
There are also great places online to find grocery coupons and there are right ways and wrong ways to go about getting them. Learn the mistakes I’ve made with online coupons as well as get my list of top coupon sites, my favorite coupon blogs, and coupon databases to help you search deals by the stores in your area!
Even with all the great coupons resources I’ve shared in the post above, there are still more places to find coupons for your favorite products! You can subscribe to the All You magazine, follow your favorite brands in social media, and be sure to check out their websites for printable coupons!
- Become Familiar with the 2013 Coupon Insert Schedule
You don’t have to wait until Sunday morning to see what coupons will be offered! Sites like Coupon Inserts Preview post a list of coupons for the upcoming week so you can get organized and plan your shopping ahead of time! Use this list to compare with your grocery store’s sale flyer to maximize savings by matching up coupons to products that are going to be on sale
- Get Yourself Organized
I like to compare coupon organization to how people keep their kitchens, cars, or computer files organized. Everyone has their own method that works best for them. There’s no right or wrong way to organize, but you will shop better if you have some sort of way to organize coupons. Here I’ve listed a few ways to get your coupons organized before you leave for the grocery store.
- Do Your Research and Have a List in hand Before Going to the Store
Would you ever leave for vacation without first looking at a map or looking at places to visit along the way? Of course not, and you shouldn’t just leave for the grocery store without first checking out the weekly sales, matching up coupons, and making a list of things you need! Check out this article I wrote a while back to help you prepare to grocery shop each week.
- Learn About the 12 Week Shopping Cycle
Have you noticed that your favorite box of cereal is on sale for $1.50 one week, and then the next week it’s back to its regular price of $3.50 or more? Or why is it that things like coffee and tea are on sale during November? Or why are there always cleaning coupons in the paper during the spring? The answer is simple. Everything you buy is part of the 12 week shopping cycle. Find out the best time to stock up on your favorites when you read:
- Starting small: Buying things that are free and things you use the most
In my experience, the best way to start couponing is to start small. I started buying things like toiletry items, dish soap, and laundry soap because I could almost always find a good sale and coupons on these items. Once I felt like I had a good supply of these things, I moved on to something else. Here are a few other ideas to help you start building your stockpile. Before you know it, your husband will be building you extra shelves in your basement for everything you’ve found deals on.
I will admit that when I started coupon shopping, I was a little overwhelmed with all that I thought was involved. I thought I had to shop like those people on “Extreme Couponing” to feel like I was being successful saving my family money. That is certainly not the case! In my opinion it’s best to start slow and ease into the whole coupon craze. Even if you’re only saving a few dollars each time you shop, you’re still saving your family money!