Let’s just put it out there: I am not good at looking at deals, shopping around, or using coupons.
Recently, I read Lauren Greutman’s book How to Coupon Effectively.
It was simple enough for this novice non-coupon mama to figure out.
I decided it was time to give it a try.
Let me tell you exactly where I started.
#1 Coupon Binder
First, I knew I was going to need a way to keep my coupons consolidated and together.
I searched several different ways to organize coupons and decided on a coupon binder.
This is my plan:
I am going to use sheet protectors in the front of the binder to hold two important papers:
(I also bookmarked this Costco Price List to use when looking at deals.)
Behind that, I placed the 9-pocket coupon pages with coupons for items I know I will buy. These are coupons for cereal, medicines, coffee, paper products, and things I know I will buy regardless of a sale.
Also, this is a great place to put coupons I receive at the register.
#2 Save Inserts
Finally, I have the rest of the sheet protectors to hold entire inserts from the Sunday papers.
I will keep the entire insert labeled in this area so when I find a match up online, I can quickly find the coupon.
This is clip-free couponing at its finest!
#3 Check Prices
My System for Each Week
I will grab several Sunday papers to collect inserts.
I will label each insert and place it in my binder.
Each week I will check several sites for the best deals.
Here is my go-to list:
Once I see the coupon match-ups, I will grab the coupons out of my binder and plan my shopping trip.
Apps for Couponing
At this time, I am using these apps to help with couponing:
#4 Find Coupons for Everyday Products
With couponing, your goal is to only buy items at rock bottom prices.
Since sales run on a 6-8 week cycle, your goal is to have enough to last for that time period.
As a brand new couponing mama, I am not there yet, but it is always good to know your goal.
I still peruse coupons.com to find printable coupons on everyday items my family needs.
Putting It All Together in 4 Simple Steps
- Create your binder
- Save inserts (I have started to order from sundaycouponinserts.com)
- Check prices and deal match-ups
- Find coupons for everyday products
Here are my favorite resources: