Help Save Money with Coupons | 10 Best Tips for Beginners

If you’re looking for tips on how to help save money with coupons, you’re in the right place!  We’ve put together 10 of our best tips for anyone who wants to try couponing but doesn’t know where to start.  {Find more articles on how to save money.}

*Since we’re starting with the basics, you might also want to watch this brief video of Kasey explaining the basics of couponing.

1.  Get some coupons, pronto!

Coupons are EVERYWHERE.  You can print them out online from these main sites – as well as others:

The Sunday paper is the main source for coupons.  Each Sunday newspaper has a couple coupon inserts inside.  If you glance through these before you buy it, and like what you see ( are there several coupons for things you buy often?) go ahead and get 4 or 5 newspapers. (More on that later)

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Seasonal Sales Cycles: What to Buy in July

Wondering what to stock up on in July? You’ll find tons of great deals on fantastic items. Now is the time to find everything from charcoal, to sunscreen, to school supplies to fruit.

When looking at the month of July, you will want to look for any kind of grocery items related to the Fourth of July holiday. This would include a great deal of grilling and cookout items. Because July is also National Hotdog Month, Blueberry Month, and Baked Beans Month, you will also find great deals on those items. Items you will see on sale and want to stock up on as a result of this month’s themes are items such as BBQ Sauce, Bottled Water, Charcoal, Condiments, Dips, Ground Beef, Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns, Marinade, Paper Products, Utensils, Potato Chips, Ribs, Salad Dressing, Sodas and Steaks. Remember that many of these items have lengthy expiration dates, and can be frozen until you need them. When possible, stock up and save!
July is also a great time to find summer essentials on sale. This would include supplies such as Sunscreen, Insect Repellent, Summer Clothing Clearance, Patio Furniture, and even Garden Décor. Pretty soon these items will be pulled from shelves, so now is the time to grab them and grab them for less.

 

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Send Expired Coupons to Military Families!

Did you know that expired coupons aren’t trash? It’s true!

Military families are allowed to use coupons up to 6 months past their printed expiration date! While the service pay rates are no longer below the poverty level, they are in no way great when you have a family. Can you imagine what a blessing it would be to receive a bundle of valuable coupons from someone back home – and realizing they cared enough to send them?

If you are interested in dropping off coupons to be sent to military families, you’ll be happy to hear that locally, the Dupont Community Credit Union has kindly volunteered each of their branches to be a drop-off point for unused and expired coupons destined for the military.  You can click on the image below to read more about the program and see the dropoff locations:

If you don’t live near a Dupont Community Credit Union you can connect on Facebook to Coups for Troops to find out more information.   Or check out the list of Military Base Volunteers here on Expires Coupons for Overseas Military.

 

Or you can also mail the coupons to the address below.

Military Families at:Brooke Seigrist, Family Services Coordinator
48 FSS/FSFR
Unit 5200, Box 105
APO, AE 09461

Phone – 011-44-1638-522641

Questions? Email – lakenheathloanlocker@googlemail.com

NOTE: Please don’t drop off coupons expired PAST the 6 month limit, or the military base personnel will be forced to sort through huge boxes of unsorted coupons to find usable ones.  Please send coupons that are just recently expired, and if you have time – tuck them into envelopes sorted by categories (i.e. Food, Baby, Household Cleaners, Toiletries, Pets….)  Thanks!!

Ask Time 2 $ave: Do You Only Buy Items if You have a Coupon?

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Do you only buy items if you have a coupon?

I remember one of my first big couponing trips. I came home so excited about my savings and I couldn’t wait to spread it all out on the table and show my husband. He only had one question, “Where’s the Diet Coke?”

This was NOT what I wanted to hear. I wanted him to be excited as he “ooh’d” and “ahhh’d” over what an amazing job I had done. Nope, instead I got, “Honey, that’s great. Where is the Diet Coke?” My answer? “It wasn’t on sale!” To me this statement explained everything. To him it meant grabbing his keys, driving back to the store and buying some Diet Coke! [Read more...]

My Couponing Confession: I Haven’t Used Coupons in a LONG Time!

Kasey here, I haven’t used coupons in a LONG time. Maybe once or twice  in the past 6 months. There, I said it. I was so busy with my book release earlier last year, I think I just needed a season afterwards to breathe. Also, if you have read my book or know me then you know I have never loved coupons. I’m not one to get super excited about deals or coupons. They have just been necessary. My husband has gotten laid off unexpectedly 3 times in the past 5 years, the most recent last January. Coupons were never a choice for us, we had to use them to get by financially. Plus, we completely changed the way we eat last year, cutting out most processed foods which made it even more difficult to coupon.

The past couple of months I have still saved on my grocery bill by shopping at ALDI and taking advantage of deals on things like toilet paper and paper towels on Amazon. As I watched our stockpile dwindle on other grocery, household, and personal items I knew I’d have to make a decision.  Even though, there are very few grocery items I can use coupons on (since we changed to a healthier eating lifestyle) there are still some items like condiments, paper products, and a few other items that we can buy with coupons.

So, on Friday I decided it was time to get back in the saddle. I don’t usually go to a bunch of different stores, but since I hadn’t couponed in so long and my husband and kids were up for the challenge we went to Target, Publix, and CVS. I have included my shopping trips below along with our savings. Was it worth it? Yes, we saved money and it was less stressful than I thought it was going to be. With homeschool and two home based businesses my hands are pretty full.

If couponing has become a drudgery to you, or you feel like it has to be all or nothing….it doesn’t. As I’ve always said do the best you can. Seasons of life change, during some seasons it’s less feasible than others. The biggest thing, don’t be hard on yourself if you aren’t saving “as much” as you think you should or “as much” as someone else. Instead, celebrate YOUR victories!!

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There were tons of items on sale at Publix this week. However, since we really try to eat as healthy as possible I rarely buy anything boxed or pre-made anymore. We really try to stick to eating as clean as possible. Although, sometimes I make my own bar-b-que sauce I don’t make the rest of our condiments homemade.  You can find this weeks Publix Match-ups here.

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This was my favorite trip! We have been out of body wash and have been paying for toothpaste (gasp) I know, crazy. With coupons, and ECB’s the toothpaste was free, Dawn only $0.49, and Body Wash just $0.67.  You can find the current weeks CVS deals here.

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My daughter is a type I diabetic, so we have to keep juice boxes with us all the time in case she has a low blood sugar. With the sale last week at Target combined with coupons, each pack equaled $1.19. You can find the current weeks Target deals here.

Not bad for our first couponing trip in a long time.

Printable Coupons:Frequently Asked Questions

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Why does it sometimes say “Print Limit Reached” on the internet when I haven’t printed that coupon?

Internet coupons have a certain number of “prints” that are allowed by the manufacturer.  If a coupon reaches that many prints (usually in the thousands) the manufacturer will either pull it and replace it with another coupon or display a message that says the print limit has been reached.  Sometimes the limit will be reset within a few days and other times you have to wait longer. [Read more...]