Monday, February 9, 2009

I Heart Coupons

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I love coupons but confess that at the end of last year I had slacked off on using them. I’m back in gear with it this year and have been averaging about $5 a week in savings. I don’t suppose that’s earth shattering but I think it’s pretty good. I also think there seems to be more coupons available than ever before. I guess a lot of companies know that the coupons are a good promotion especially in these hard times.

I’m not a very organized clipper. I keep my coupons in an envelope that stays either in my purse or in my shopping notebook which is a small binder that holds a notepad, pen and has a pocket on one side. Every week I make my grocery list then go through my coupons and pick out any that I plan to use this week. Then I put a C in parentheses next to those items on my list to prompt me to make sure I have my coupon in hand for it at the store. I pull out the coupons I plan to use and put them at the front of the envelope. I also try to scan the Kroger ad and see if there are any sale items that I have coupons for. Even if I don’t need them immediately, it’s sometimes worth it to stock up on an item if you can stack a coupon with a sale.

Since this summer, I’ve been printing online coupons too. So, after making my list I go to and see what’s out there. This past Saturday for example, I had Reynolds wrap and mustard both on the list. I was able to find $1 off Reynolds wrap coupon and 50 cents off French’s mustard which doubled to $1 at Kroger. Those coupons along with others brought this week’s savings to $6.

As my grandmother used to say, every little bit helps!

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