How did you get started couponing?
This is always the first question I get asked when I start talking about couponing to moms who want to be frugal. They want to save on groceries so they can still afford the clothes, shoes and purses they want, while still staying within their budget.
We moved to the D.C. area in 2012, from a small town in Mid-Michigan. I had no idea that in moving here, our grocery budget would grow to almost double what we were spending back in MI. With a newborn, and trying to stick to a budget, it became apparent very quickly that our grocery spending had to drastically change if I wanted to continue to shop in normal grocery stores in NOVA.
I know many stay-at-home moms are looking to help get that grocery budget smaller. Here is how to do that in a simple way!
TOP 5 TIPS
TO START COUPONING
Get a coupon organizer: something small that you can start organizing your coupons in.
Subscribe to the newspaper: Just remember, they do not put coupons inserts in the newspaper on major holidays!
Start looking at the grocery store ads you like to shop at most. Choose one of those stores, and look at what things are on sale that you normally buy or would like to buy. Items normally go on sale every 6 – 8 weeks. If you try couponing for even two months, you will notice the same things going on sale again from when you started looking at the grocery ad. This way you do not buy items that are full retail price in between that time frame. Make sure you buy the items you need on sale to last you those 6-8 weeks. It will save you time and money.
Look at your ad at home, you can check out the couponing match-up websites to check any additional sales, or specials the store is having for the week. One of my favorite ones to go to is Southernsavers.com and use their coupon database. There are others like passion4savings, harristeeterdeals, thekrazycouponlady, totallytarget, and moolasavingmom!
Start out slow. It is difficult to coupon sometimes, but in the end, it is completely worth it. Once you get the first free tube of toothpaste or box of pasta you are hooked! Get together with friends or neighbors to have help getting started. It’s overwhelming at first, but you will get the hang of it!
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