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Our bloggers do a fabulous job finding great deals for
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Mary is a mom of 4 young children, a business owner and blogger. She strives to teach others how to save on their grocery bills and improve their budget. Mary began couponing 5 years ago when she decided to make the move to stay home with her children. She learned that through "smart shopping" and couponing, she could save almost 90% on her shopping bill. Since then, she has been sharing her knowledge with others through her blog and through free coupon classes throughout the community.
Mary's Tips on Couponing:
Couponing can be easy and fun! Some people think couponing takes too much time. Other people get overwhelmed with the thought of organizing a coupon stash. You can spend less than one hour a week and save money. Here are some basics.
Where do I find coupons?
These days, coupons are everywhere. The most obvious place is the newspaper.
Though the best grocery coupons can be found in Sunday's paper, there are
other coupons in the paper Wednesday through Sunday. Keep an eye out for
store coupons, restaurant coupons and service coupons.
My next favorite place to find coupons is at local stores. Coupon books are found
in our major grocery store chains and in the drug stores. Ask your cashier to point
you to them. Online and mobile coupons are great too. Sites like ShopAtHome.com, coupons.com,
redplum.com and smartsource.com all have printable coupons. Stores like Target
offer mobile coupons, which are texted to you weekly.
How do I organize my coupons?
First, stop clipping coupons! That's right, there's no need to clip coupons anymore.
Grab a hanging file box at your local office store, put some hanging files inside
the box and file your inserts by date. When you get the Sunday coupon inserts,
put them in a file with that Sunday's date on the label. Then go to an online coupon
site, like www.couponersunited.com – which will do the grocery store matchups for you. These sites tell you what's on
sale at your store. There will be a list of what items are on sale and what week that
coupon came in the paper. You don't have to clip the coupons until you're ready to
redeem them on a sale at your store.
Learn your store policies.
Each grocery store and drug store has its own coupon policy. The customer service
attendant will give you a copy of the policy. You might be amazed at what you
learn. Most stores will allow you to use two coupons on a buy one get one free
deal! You pick up two items, pay for one and the second is free, but you can use a
coupon on both of the items. Some stores take competitor coupons. Unfortunately,
none of the grocery stores in Florida double coupons.
Take a class or learn from a friend.
An experienced couponer can teach you where to find the
best high-value coupons. You can also learn how stores can pay you to shop! A
class will also teach you the local store policies and which stores are the best for
couponing. After you get organized, couponing can
be a simple and fun way to save money.
For more tips on how to save money, visit www.couponersunited.com