Today is a great news kind of day. I was just adopted as coupon instructor for the Central Florida Area! I am not a coupon blogger, so I am honored to be given the opportunity. Teaching and saving while blessing other families, what a blessing!
I am easily saving a couple hundred dollars a month and I am not an extremist!
That's great. I don't use coupons for food because most of the food I eat doesn't come in a box or a can or a bottle.
For larger items the coupons I use are whatever Costco has as long as I need it.
Couponing can be a huge waste of time and I don't have it. Time has a monetary value. And many people use coupons to try items they otherwise would not purchase as that is the advertisers intent.
But hey if people want to do it, more power to them.
I met a lot of people who believe that Mike. Thank you for answering. Honestly, I have not changed the way that I eat in order to get coupons. I don't eat a lot of processed foods either. These are some of the reasons that I am not an extremist. As far as the time factor, you are right. Time must be invested in the beginning to learn. That is true with everything. My students usually get the hang of it within their first few weeks and take off easily. Besides, the savings of $200 a month plus is worth a couple of weeks to adapt.
Here is an idea of the deals that I have gotten recently...
LaCreme vanilla yogurt 4 pk ... paid 50 cents
Silk Almond Milk ... paid $1.50
Texas Toast ... paid 90 cents
(that last one is in a box but I love that texas toast!)
Some of the biggest savings are on toiletries.
I do not currently use any but I am going to start. I have already started printing coupons for my next grocery visit.
If you are using coupons for your existing grocery lists, you may want to google or bing coupon databases. This will allow you to easily find existing coupons for your items.
I use one on the couponers united site which is specific to central florida. It will tell me if my coupon is online or in a past newspaper.
http://www.couponersunited.com/couponer … n-database
I wish you lots of savings. Feel free to msg me if you need some tips.
I use them for some items - my son likes Go-Gurts in his lunch (the tube style yogurt) and I can usually find a $0.40 off coupon (which is doubled at our grocery store). I also use them for soap, pet food (our dog eats Purina and there are usually Purina coupons in the paper), toothpaste, and deoderant (and cosmetics, when they appear).
I don't use the coupons for the name brand cereals, because the generic "cereal-in-a-bag" is usually cheaper than the name-brand cereal, even with the coupon.
I got a great deal on go-gurts once. My daughter didn't like them
Her ideal sweet is chocolate. My husband ate them all, he didn't mind at all.
Check out wildforwags.com to get the most out of your toiletries coupon. You can benefit from the coupon database too! http://www.couponersunited.com/couponer … n-database
It helps you find the coupons that may exist for the items you want to buy.
I have not priced the cereal in a bag in a while. I typically don't spend more than $1.50 for brand name cereals. Are the bags less?
They have been lately - though it may have more to do with the coupons we get and the doubling policy - most of the coupons for the name brand cereals have been $1.00 off TWO boxes (and you must buy two), and the $1 coupons don't double. So you only get $0.50 off each box. Per ounce, the name brand cereals can run up to $5 per ounce (most are around $3.50) and the generic stuff in the bags is about $1.80 per ounce. If there was a really good coupon combined with an in-store offer, then it might be worth it for the name-brand. But usually the malt-o-meal in the bag is cheaper.
I'll check out the wildforwags site. I do get coupons from coupons.com - I currently have a $0.75 off go-gurt coupon that will double. I'm sort of glad that my son loves them (we get the "simply" go-gurt because it has no artificial flavors or colors).
Too much to count! I no longer pay for shampoo, hand soap, laundry detergent, dish soap, toothpaste, and I get big discounts on other things, sometimes free things ..like bananas. I don't even buy a newspaper every week....my book telling how I do it should be out be Christmas.
@ leahlefler the least expensive ive gotten cereal so far is $1 a box for name brand, but it was in combination with Walgreens rewards back.
I only started using coupons about 6 months ago but I easily save close to $150 a month. I really wish I could go back in time to all those shopping trips that I didn't use coupons and get my money back. Really what was I thinking? All that money wasted! Never again using coupons from now on
My wife has coupon shopping down to a science. She went food shopping today and with the store discounts and coupons she save 107.62 off the bill. The total of the out of pocket cost was 117 thats food for 5 for the week. Not including milk, bread, eggs that may be needed for the end
When we're organized we save a minimum of $150 a month on coupons. The only things we will pay full price on are unpackaged meat, milk, and fruits/veggies and sometimes we even get coupons for them! I always feel guilty now paying full price for other things!
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