Read the Store’s Sales Circular to Shop Coupon-Free

It’s always fun to go grocery shopping to:

a) see what great deals are out there

…and…

b) to talk to people who are surprised about all the great deals out there.  Continue reading “Read the Store’s Sales Circular to Shop Coupon-Free”

If You Don’t See a Payoff with Coupons, You Won’t Use Them. So, Stop Beating Yourself Up!

In one week, I must have had three people apologize to me for not couponing the “correct” way. Listen up:

1. There’s no “correct” way to coupon.

2. It takes time to figure out how to coupon the correct way for your lifestyle.

3. I am far from perfect when using coupons.  Continue reading “If You Don’t See a Payoff with Coupons, You Won’t Use Them. So, Stop Beating Yourself Up!”

Important Info for Anyone Using Color or Black and White Printable Coupons

It was one of those “good” couponing days where I bought $48 worth of groceries but paid $14 out-of-pocket. This was made possible by a bunch of printable coupons — some were printed by accident in color, others in black and white. Continue reading “Important Info for Anyone Using Color or Black and White Printable Coupons”

My $1 Solution to Organizing Coupons at the Grocery Store (Now, I Don’t Lose Them When I Shop!)

How many times have we all:

Preparing for my shopping trip to Stop & Shop...
Preparing for my shopping trip to Stop & Shop…(if you look closely, you’ll see how I organize my shopping lists with coupons.
putting it together
Gathered all my coupons/lists and clipped them together.
in my purse
The whole thing fit in my purse (admittedly my purse is kinda large, but it is a mini-clipboard…).
at the store ready to shop
At the store ready to shop. The clipboard leans nicely on the shopping cart. It wasn’t perfect, but it helped 100%. In other words, I didn’t lose any coupons along the way.

a) lost or dropped on the grocery store floor a high-value coupon
b) lost an envelope filled with coupons (yup, my “paper towels” envelope! Luckily it was turned in at the Customer Service desk :–)  Continue reading “My $1 Solution to Organizing Coupons at the Grocery Store (Now, I Don’t Lose Them When I Shop!)”

What Normal People Are Totally Confused About When It Comes to Couponing

I attended a couponing workshop last night in Trumbull, CT, given by Gina Juliano (of Gina’s Kokopelli website). It was a joy to sit in the audience for once so I could relax, concentrate and take notes on what others were asking Gina. It is amazing how much there is to learn about couponing! Here’s what the audience had to say, and here are some answers to the top 10 questions that I also typically get when I give a workshop. Continue reading “What Normal People Are Totally Confused About When It Comes to Couponing”

The Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson 4: Always Check Grocery Discount Bins

The Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson 4: Always Check Grocery Discount Bins

shampoo for a few cents
Don’t walk by your grocery store’s discount bins. You never know what bargains are waiting…I was able to buy three of these, with coupons, for .80 cents each. Perfectly fine shampoo that my daughter loves to use.

It’s typically hit or miss, but never pass by a discount bin in your grocery store–especially the health and beauty bin. You never know what you’ll find! Typically, it’ll be discontinued items. And, you can use coupons with the item. For example, just by chance last week I spotted three bottles of L’Oreal shampoo in a discount bin at ShopRite. They were going for $1.30 each (retail is about $3.99-$4.99 but varies with coupons). I happened to have .25 cent coupons, doubled to .50 cents. So, I got three bottles of L’Oreal shampoo for a total of $2.40 (my daughter loves this brand so it was worth it).

~Marilyn, TFF