What most people don't understand about couponing is that it takes time. In order to be a good steward of your time, you have to use it wisely. You have got to take into account that you have a family, church and community activities, a house and yard that needs managing, plus all the things in life that seem to get in the way.
I don't recommend trying to become extreme in couponing or stocking up on massive amounts of groceries all in one week. Also, don't focus on the bragging rights of other people who coupon. Sure, they may say they paid $2 for $200 of groceries but what they won't tell you is that most of the items they bought they may never use or that it took them 30 hours to develop their shopping plan. If you focus on both of these, you will become mentally drained before you even begin to see results in couponing.
So, take control today of the way you need to shop and save.
1. Make a list of the grocery items you and your family won't budge on. I know this is probably the opposite of what most people will tell you, but I've learned from experience that life is too short to force your family into new eating habits all at once. Next, write down the regular prices for these items. You can either pull out a recent receipt or take the list to the store the next time you go. How do you know that you are saving if you don't really know the price? Now you can pay attention to the coupons that are available and sale prices.
If you need to find a coupon, use an online coupon database, like SouthernSavers and Hip2Save. Jenny and Collin spend a great deal of time keeping the databases on their websites updated. Just search the item, print, trade, etc.
Just take it easy and don't put pressure on yourself. Savvy shopping and saving money is a way of life. You've got to make it a part of your regular routine.
Have you ever been on a scavenger hunt? You race all over town collecting random items on a list in order to claim your fame as the winner. It’s some of the hardest work you’ll ever do that adds absolutely nothing of value to your life. But, it sure can be fun.
When I was in high school at Oxford, a friend from a neighboring school, David Wingard, hosted an annual scavenger hunt that probably left many Anniston residents confused. It’s probably a good thing that I can’t recall anything on the list in order to not incriminate myself. But, I’d just like to say that if your yard Gnome went missing one day about 20 years ago and you later discovered it under the bushes, you were not losing your mind. On behalf of every teen who participated, I would like to apologize to you and your sanity. We were good kids. And, we sure had fun.
Couponing is similar to scavenger hunts in many ways. Except couponing does add value to your life, as well as your pocketbook. The first question I’m asked by someone who wants to begin couponing is, “Where do I find coupons.” And, my answer is simple, “Everywhere.” If you pay close attention, you will find coupons on products you have in your pantry, on items to purchase, you may receive them in the mail, they are in your newspaper and magazines and they are online.
So, this week I thought I would save you some time from racing all over the place in the quest for coupons and give you my very own coupon scavenger hunt. Don’t print everything in site or you will soon find yourself out of ink and racing all over town trying to buy more. Instead, look around the sites and register for the ones you know you will use. (That email address that you need only for couponing will come in handy now). Then, print only what you know you will buy or items you might try.
Here is a list of places online that you can print manufacturer coupons to get you started:
I’ve been asked a lot lately about the return of coupon inserts in The Anniston Star. We are being honest when telling readers that we are working on it. Just like any business, we have to negotiate contracts with the companies that distribute coupon inserts, like Smart Source, Red Plum and P&G. We hope to have them soon and I’ll make sure to let you know as soon as I do.
Now, have fun in your online scavenger hunt for coupons.
Each week Clip2Save is featured in The Piedmont Journal (Tues), The Jacksonville News (Wed), The Cleburne News (Thurs) and The Anniston Star (Thurs). This is a list of local coupons in Clip2Save for the week of June 26th.
Monet Salon & Day Spa: Free Haircut with any chemical service with new stylists, Jessica McFall, Lesli Bussie & Brooke Johnson.
Terrapin Outdoor Center: 10% Off MSRP on all retail purchases (Ex. 7/31/11)
Jacksonville Muffler & Auto Repair: $5 Off Oil Change, 10% Off All Services & Tires. (Ex 9/30/11)
Neat & Clean 100% Hand Car Wash: $20 Off Wash & Wax Special Cars & Trucks (Ex 6/30/11)
Advanced Carpet Cleaning: $10 Off (Ex 6/30/11)
Bo's Lawn Care: $10 Off 1st cut
Piper's Playhouse: $4 Off Dog Day Care, up to 3 days and $5 Off Boarding & Day Care, up to 3 days (Ex 6/30/11)
Anniston Museum: Admit one child free with one paid adult admission (June 1-Aug 31, 2011)
Anniston Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram: Tuesday, Ladies Special $26.95 oil change with Free tire rotation
Repeats Consignment Store: Get $5 Off any purchase of $30 or more (Ex 7/31/11)
Berman Museum: Admit one child free with one paid adult admission (June 1-Aug 31, 2011)
Redneck Yacht Club: $5 Off Canoe or Kayak Rental (Ex 7/31/11)
Jefferson's, Jacksonville: Free Fried Dill Pickle Appetizer, dine-in only with purchase of a meal (Ex 8/31/11)
Executive Detail Shop: Wed: Ladies Day $5 Off any service. Truck, SUV $75
Fabricrafts: 10% Off Merchandise (Ex 7/16/11)