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July 24, 2014

Successful #Couponing: Part 2

While it is true that couponing takes time, effort and fair amount of work, to be a successful couponer, does not mean you have to devote every waking moment to it. If you haven’t read the first part of this post click here: Successful #Couponing: Part 1

Planning Ahead

  1. Plan out your couponing shopping trip – to the penny if you can. Use coupon matching sites to help you know what the best deals are. The more you plan it out, the smoother it will go in the store, so be as detailed as you can listing product name (and variety if necessary), size/ct., retail price, sale price, coupon value, and price you expect to pay.
  2. Look at your calendar and shop accordingly. After major holidays you can find items that might have holiday specific packaging, which will be marked down with the rest of the holiday items.
  3. Understand the coupons and sale prices usually coincide for free or near free pricing only twice a year. So if you CAN, buy enough to last your household six months.

Opportunity Awareness

  1. Never go into a store that accepts coupons without your coupon binder. You never know when a store may be putting an item on sale – due to overstock, or package damage – that was not advertised.
  2. When you have time, walk the outer perimeter of the store instead of the inside aisles. These endcaps often have items marked at clearance pricing.
  3. Expand your store horizons – shop for cleaning products at home improvement stores, or hair products at a pharmacy.

Niceties

  1. While you are a customer – like everyone else – your transaction may be a little more involved than others. So be polite and patient to both the other people in line and the cashier.
  2. Never take more than a few coupons that are available in a store – peelies, tear pads, hangtags, booklets, recipe cards, etc. It is rude and will ultimately result in stores not putting them out as frequently or requiring you to ask for them at customer service.
  3. Be the coupon fairy sometimes – if you have more coupons for an item than you plan to use or they are expiring soon, place them on the shelf next to the product. It’s a nice way to share the wealth, and make sure that a coupon doesn’t go to waste.

Stockpile Management

  1. Rotate your products regularly. If you have a large amount of something, write the expiration date on the part of the label that will be visible while stacked on the shelf with a big marker, this will make it easier to see which to use first.
  2. Do not get a large amount of an item that your family would never ever use – even if it’s free – unless you truly and honestly plan to donate it. For example – don’t get 30 bags of cat treats, just because they are free, if you don’t have a cat! Also consider the life of a product. If you have worked out a deal to get 20 pounds of strawberries for free or close to it, you need to be sure you have a means to use them all or freeze them.
  3. Store items properly – cool dry place for most items, and freeze all of the freezable items.
About Pamela

Pamela is the mom of three growing boys and one little girl. She has been a stay-at-home mom for the last seven years. Pamela has been working as a freelance writer for three years. Eventually,Pamela plans to get back to personal training, with which she plans to focus on fitness for moms. Pamela has a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, with an emphasis on Exercise Science, and a minor in Psychology. Her enthusiasm for the health of her family has lead her to expand her knowledge of fitness, nutrition and other health issues that most families face. Pamela hopes her contributions to Busy Mommy Media will be educational, and maybe a little bit fun, too. For more of Pamela's thoughts on Motherhood in general, please visit her personal blog at http://www.outnumberedmama.com

Comments

  1. These are really great tips. I only JUST started couponing at the end of January (http://thewholebagofchips.com/2012/01/30/to-coupon-or-not-to-coupon-that-was-the-question/) but I’ve already found some amazing savings and started a small stockpile as well. I appreciate reading your tips now, they’re very helpful! Jen http://www.thewholebagofchips.com.
    The Whole Bag of Chips´s last blog post ..Bonus Post from a Guest Blogger and Weight Watcher Success Story: Debi

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