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Tips for Couponing Safely

It’s important to be careful when you coupon. The reason is one that you may think is way out in left field until it happens to you or someone you know. Couponing can be addictive in that you’re always in search of the best deal. You must remember that it doesn’t matter if you have a coupon or not, if you don’t need the item, don’t buy it.

It’s as simple as that. There is no point in having clutter in your home and that’s what will happen if you purchase items you don’t need or won’t use. This will happen when you can get an item for a great deal and you have a lot of coupons for that same item. It’s hard to control yourself when this happens but you must do it. Share the coupon and deal with others so they can take advantage of it and you don’t have a ton of that one item in your home taking up space.

While that will be hard to do, you need to in order to control your couponing and stockpiles. There is no point in having 100 toothbrushes or 25 bottles of hot sauce in your home. A good rule to follow with your stockpile depends on your needs and the number of people in your family, but it’s safe to say no more then six months.

Most times an item will be marked down to a really low price and six months later it will come around again. So if you have enough to get you through six months you’ll be good for that item. It’s also important to watch expiration dates. There is NO point in purchasing 20 bottles of something that has a shelf life of 30 or 60 days. Why spend the money on it when it’s sure to expire before you will use it.

Couponing can get out of hand quicker than you can think it will if you’re not careful. Don’t put your family in a hardship just because you’re out to get the best deal no matter what the item is and if you need it or not. The main reason you coupon is to save money not spend so much that you struggle to make ends meet. It’s just not worth it!

Pay attention to what you’re doing and only buy what you need. Don’t waste money on items you won’t use or things you’ll end up throwing away because they expired before you could use them. Stockpile what you need and no more. When you do this you’ll find the grocery bill will be smaller, you won’t have products taking over your home, and you’ll have more money for the things you want.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business. She loves to get the best deal on grocery items for her family. If you’re looking for tips to make the most of your grocery money, click here to purchase her ebook. She’ll show you how to save money when you use coupons & price matching.

Favorite Deal Friday: October 21

Every Friday I will share with you a deal that will save you money. It may be a deal at a grocery store or it may be a freebie I’ve run across. You need to understand these may work for a short amount of time or may be location specific, so there is no guarantee.

Today’s favorite deal will be found at Walgreen’s.

The Schick Hydro 5 is on sale for $8.49. You’ll receive a $4.50 Register Reward to use on your next purchase. This makes your purchase price $3.99. Now there is a $2 coupon in most Sunday papers. You’ll pay $1.99 if you have this coupon.

$8.49 Sale Price

$4.50 Less Register Reward

$2.00 Coupon

Like paying $1.99

This sale is in this week’s ad, so you’ll want to make sure you pick your razor up by October 22, 2011.

Coupons for the Troops

There is a program that involves coupons and the Troops. This program ships coupons to troops overseas. The Commissaries overseas allow the troops to use them for up to six months after they’ve expired. What better way to help the troops make ends meet each week?

I’ve been couponing for two months now so several of my coupons expired before I could use them. You see after the first couple of weeks I decided to cut and save all coupons. I thought maybe I could share them with others and maybe they would share with me as well. Needless to say it took me just a bit longer than I thought to create a couponing group.

So in the mean time I have coupons that have expired, so I had to figure out what to do with them. That’s when I remembered reading about a program called Coups for Troops. So we decided to go through everything we had and when we were done we put them in an envelope and mailed them to the troops.

What an awesome feeling and a great way to help the troops overseas. We’re happy we did it and will definitely do it again when the time comes and we have multiple coupons to send.

Thank you for creating this wonderful opportunity and for helping us to help them. If you’re interested in sending coupons to the troops, click here for more information.

What People Say Feels Good

We were at Walmart last night. I found a number of coupons that would get us some stuff for either free or very low in cost. But, that’s not what this post is all about. While we were there we had a few people behind us watching what we were doing.

We had some things that we had to pay full price for, but then we had a number of things we price matched and that’s what surprised those people behind us. She’s listening to the prices I’m throwing out and then the lady says the total amount of the bill, then my coupons come up and that made it even better.

When it was all said and done the woman stepped up to me and said, you need to come shopping with me because I pay way to much compared to you. I’ll tell you what, that comment right there made me feel awesome. It’s funny, but it’s the little things that mean the most.

I really thought she was going to be frustrated because it takes a little bit of time to do price matching. There are like three extra keystrokes involved in each and every item and that takes time. Some people will hit the quantity button when you have multiple items that are the same and that will save time, but then you have the others that won’t and when you have a lot that can take a lot of time. So this woman telling me I need to come shopping with her made my night. LOL

After last weeks savings I’m not so sure I’ll be able to go over that, but you know what? I sure am going to give it a try. My dream is to spend a very small amount of money but still get a lot of food and other items. That’s a big dream, but I think I can make it happen because each time I do it I learn more and that’s just what I need and want.

So we’ll see how next week goes when we do shopping again. I’m attending a couponing class Tuesday night and I’m hoping I’ll learn even more from this class. The more I can learn the more I can save and that’s exactly what it’s all about. :)

My Opinion on Extreme Couponing

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about extreme couponing and I honestly think it’s what you make of it. I don’t think you’re an extreme couponer if you use five or six coupons, but maybe that’s because I average 15-20 each time. But for the person that rarely uses them or even looks for them, maybe that is extreme couponing to them.

On the topic of stockpiling, that means different things to different people. I would never in my dreams buy hundreds of things that would take forever to use and I certainly, in no way buy things I wouldn’t use. To me that’s a waste of time and money. I can see purchasing products you know you’ll use and that are on sale and cheap with a coupon.

As part of the extreme couponing show they suggest you use a 3-ring binder with baseball card sheets for your coupons. I thought that was simply stupid and crazy until I went to the store with 20+ coupons and on three or four occasions I almost dumped them on the floor. I now have a binder and I won’t shop without it. I don’t have to worry about losing them on the floor and I like the fact that they’re all there because you never know when a store will have a sale on an item you have a coupon for and use regularly.

So what are your thoughts on extreme couponing? Do you watch the show and what do you think of all the savings those people experience each time? I like the savings we have had so far and I look forward to more savings as I learn more and develop a knack for the technique.

About Corrie



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My name is Corrie and I'm from Wyoming. I've been married to Kevin since 1993 and we have two wonderful boys.

I'm a Virtual Assistant and a Ghostwriter. I love what I do and I enjoy spending time with my family.

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