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My Couponing Experience Part 1

Updated on September 19, 2011

So, my sister has gotten very into the couponing thing. She is very much my hero on this journey. I've seen her come in with bottle of chocolate syrup, barbecue sauce, and the like and only paying a few dollars for over a hundred dollars worth of food. Being the competetive person I am, I thought, "I can do this." It looks so easy on tv and with my sister. This is part one of the journey. Getting the coupons.

Here in Springfield, we have one crappy newspaper. And, that paper has even lamer coupons. Coupons for things no one ever buys. Kansas City Star has amazing coupons. And Kum n Go sells that paper. So does Deals but they have a limit. Not like I'm one of these crazy chicks buying ten papers, stealing papers from neighbors, dumpster diving, and all that madness. I buy one Springfield and one Kansas City paper. My sister does two each. She even buys them for me. That's how this all got started.

So, now you got your paper or papers. Get the coupons out. Check them out, see what you got. There may be some you think you will never use. Trust me, they may come in handy. I'm not going to make you hoard cat food if you don't have a cat. I'll let you be the judge of it. But if by buying the cat food you can get something else cheaper or free, then get the cat food and then give it to someone with a cat or your local shelter. Same with diapers. You may be able to by them and get something for a better price and then donate the diapers to a homeless shelter. Saving money and doing good. It's a good thing. Anyway. Start cutting them out. Be careful to pay attention to the bar codes. thats the important thing. Try to make everything nice and neat. We're talking money here, people.

You can also go online for coupons. You can print them off. Just make sure you know your store's coupon policy. A lot of places are developing different rules for newspaper coupons and print at home. Just type in coupons and check out the sites that come up. I personally like Coupon Divas.

Don't overlook your customer store card. I have a Dillon's card. And I can load up to $250 worth of coupons onto it directly. Only problem is, you can't stack these coupons with a manufacturer coupon and Dillon's doesn't double these. But, for those things you don't have a coupon for, this is a life saver.

So now you have your coupons, What do you do with them? We'll go into that in part 2. For now, go get your coupons. I will see you soon.


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