Would You Pick Up A Quarter Off The Sidewalk?

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Would you walk by a quarter on the sidewalk and leave it? Probably not. A penny maybe. Did I get it right?

One more question. Would you walk by a dozen quarters lying on the sidewalk or would you stop and pick them up? Well, every time you go tothe grocery store you can rescue some serious money by using coupons.

If you’ve thought coupons are a hassle then you need to read this article where I will share with you how you can use coupons with a minimum amount of effort if you organize them properly.

Going through the ads or coupon pages of your newspaper, only grab onto those you use. If you have children, get them to sort them by date for you. It’s good training for the kids plus I’m convinced the older I get, the smaller the manufacturers print those expiration dates.

File your coupons by month, not type. That way, there’s never a question whether the coupon is expired. It also helps you know which coupons you need to use first. I keep an envelope with each month written on the front and stack them in an old envelope box. I always keep the current month in front.

Click On Savings

Things have changed dramatically over the past few years and now there dozens of websites offering coupons but BEWARE of the hook.

You should only select FREE sites. . .never ever pay a monthly fee for coupons. There is so much free stuff available that you don’t have to spend the hard-earned money you’re trying to save.

Check out the websites carefully. . .let me know if you find others we can recommend.

Click “Cool Savings” and “Coupon Cabin” for a closer look. Find your comfort level and know that some of these sites may well send you unsolicited offers in the future.

Coupons and Menu Planning Save Money

When it comes time to plan menus, I pull out the current month along with the next two or three upcoming months and look for menu ideas using the coupons first. You can also add your weekly grocery store flyer … ours comes in the mail on Wednesday every week so I plan my menus on Thursday.

Once your menu choices are complete, flip it over to make your grocery list. More than once I’ve found myself in the grocery store trying to remember if I needed something for a menu plan I’d left at home. I’ve also been known to pull out all the recipes I plan to use. That way it’s easier to look down the list to make sure I’ve remembered every ingredient.

I don’t save a coupon if I think I can use it immediately. After all, more coupons will be coming in. When the month is over, it’s easy to discard unused coupons and put the envelope in the back of the stack.

Making the Most of Your Coupons

Coupon specifications vary. When I find the words “Any Size” I smile. You will generally save money by buying the smallest size using a coupon. I do this with Harold’s favorite steak sauce. I dislike paying this brand name’s high price, but they regularly give out coupons, so I continue to buy the smaller size and use a coupon. This works well on laundry detergent too.

On my grocery list, I’ll put ‘c’ after something I have a coupon for so I remember. If there is a size specification, I’ll write that down too. When I use a coupon, I’ll pull it out so I’m not searching for applicable coupons when I’m at the checkout. I like to watch that scanner for price defects.

Making the Most of Your Grocery Store Experience

Grocery stores vary. Some offer double coupons, but I’ve found that I only stop there if I feel their overall prices are good also. Otherwise I just use my coupons at the store with the best prices. Some grocery stores will attempt to lure you in with what’s known as “price leaders.” That means they are losing a little money on these advertised specials, but they know once you are in the store, you will pick up other items also.

The point is you don’t have to spend a lot more time when you use coupons to your advantage. Don’t worry about every dime. Save what you can and know that whatever you do save is more money in your pocket.