Sew Frugal and Fashionable just loves Guest Bloggers! This week we are featuring Jen Mathis who reach out to me a couple weeks back about writing a guest blog on saving money. Since we are all about frugality, saving and making a dollar stretch in a creative way I am happy to bring you some helpful tips on couponing from Jen.
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Easy Ways to Save with Coupons
In today’s economy, we shouldn’t just be thinking about saving money on our clothing. We should all try to figure out ways to save on the things we buy every day. With all the buzz around couponing lately, you may have already heard of some of these tips, but when you apply them to your shopping strategy, you will start to see the savings
- Get organized – Your organization system doesn’t have to be complicated. Just make sure you know where the coupons you need are going to be when you need them. Try a filing system or a binder to hold your coupons. Organize by expiration date, type of food, or even the aisle of the grocery store where you will find the product. Do whatever works best for you.
- Know your store’s policies – Do they have “buy one, get one free” deals? Will they double your coupons? Do they have a store discount card? Do they offer special store coupons? When you know the store rules, you might be able to combine the deals to pay the lowest price possible. When you combine these strategies, you might even be able to walk away with free products.
- Use coupons when items are on sale – When you combine coupons with sale items, you will help maximize your savings.
- Start a stockpile – You don’t have to buy a year’s supply, but get enough of each item to last you until the next sale (every two to three weeks). When you can get an item for free, or nearly free, stock up for as long as you can. Check the expiration dates to figure out how much you can use in that time frame and stock up. If you don’t have the storage space, give it away. With this strategy, you’ll be able to help others at little to no cost to you.
- Go organic – Not all coupons are for junk foods. Most organic food companies have coupons, too. Some stores will give you cash back when your coupons will save more than the product costs, and you can use that money to buy your fresh produce.
- Don’t be brand loyal – Only buy brands that are on sale, and if another store is offering a better price, take advantage of stores that price match or make a trip to the other store. Always shop at the store with the best prices that week.
- Plan your meals around the sales – Use your stores weekly sales to plan your family menu for each week. Write your shopping list around those meals so you don’t end up impulse shopping and buying items you don’t need. You will save money and the time it would take to make unplanned trips to the store.
- Spend a little and save a lot – If there is an item that you use a lot, you might be able to buy a bunch of coupons for that item on ebay.com. You’ll be able to pay a few cents for each coupon and still see significant savings.
- Look for coupons everywhere – Coupons can be found in more places than your Sunday paper or online. When you train yourself to look for coupons, you will find them in the strangest places. Just look around wherever you go (i.e. the doctor’s office, grocery store aisles, store circulars, junk mail, and the internet).
- Start at your own speed – With couponing, you’ll get out of it what you put in. If you only have an hour or two each week, you’ll still see some savings for your efforts. Start slowly by focusing on the items you use most. After you start to see the savings, you can dedicate a little more time each week to your couponing.
If you are have some great facts and tips on reducing your carbon footprint, saving money, going green, sewing or crafting with all things frugal please shoot me and email about writing a guest blog. We love sharing great ideas 🙂