Monday, September 27, 2010

Turning To Coupons!

As I have said before money is really tight right now. It seems like with each month that passes it gets harder and harder to pay our bills. I have decided to try to cut our grocery bill even more by couponing. I did this in the past (maybe a year ago) and loved it. I saved a lot of money and loved the thrill of seeing how much I could cut off of my grocery bill. The only problem is that it got so time consuming that when life got crazier I decided to stop.





Here is a picture of my old coupon holder. Can you see why it was so time consuming?







I decided that I am going to start up again with couponing because we really do need to find new ways to save money. This time I am going to do it the right way. I have a binder that I bought in the past that I am going to use. I need some photo holder sheets and then I will be set. I will show you the finished product hopefully by next week. :)

Today I plan to go to the Newspaper office and pick up a copy of yesterday's paper. I forgot to get it yesterday and I really want the coupons. Then I will cut them out and begin the matching process.

Here is a link to a post I wrote about a year ago. It has some great couponing tips.

How do you organize your coupons?


13 comments:

Jen said...

my husband is our coupon-er... he uses baseball card organizers in a binder. They were pretty cheap at walmart. it's amazing. created dividers for the sections and then each hole is one thing like "chips" "canned veggies" "frozen meals" etc. Just don't turn it upside down by accident! :-)

Jessica @ Pudget: Losing Weight On A Budget said...

Jen,
I love the idea of using basebal card organizers. I will have to check them out at wal-mart. I actually bought photo organizers but they are too big for my binder. Thanks for the great idea!
Jess

BabiesandBargains said...

walmart and the dollar store should have the papers with coupons..... I use 2 accordian folders and could probably use 3!

Jessica @ Pudget: Losing Weight On A Budget said...

Thanks! I will have to check it out. I didn't think to look at the dollar store. Great idea!

Jess

Cheryl said...

Check out couponmom.com. Free to register and it is such a helpful site!

Jessica @ Pudget: Losing Weight On A Budget said...

Thanks, Cheryl! I justed joined. I'm so excited. Thanks for sharing!
Jess

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

I'm all about the coupons too. Esapecially when eating healthy and wanting that pricey yogurt! lol

Christina said...

I use to coupon a few years ago and the first year I done it I got like $10,000.00 worth of stuff free. I really need to get back into it but it took so much time to keep up with all the coupons and where all the sales and freebies were. I would buy 10 papers every Sunday and spend half the day cutting out coupons and sorting them and then planning my attack for the next week. I'm OCD so when I do something it has to be 110% full force. There are lots of great sites on line that tell you where all the great buys are such as http://hotcouponworld.com/ and http://www.afullcup.com/ and you can also check out this site http://www.taylortownpreview.com/id36.htm which will tell you the schedule of the coupons coming out and what they will be. Good luck on your couponing and just talking about it makes me want to get back into it.

Lee said...

I use coupons but I got into some trouble doing so. I would buy whatever I had a coupon for since it was a good deal whether we needed it or not. I loved the rush of saving money. LOL Now, I make my list, check for coupons for things on my list and stick to it. I only take those coupons to the store with me and enough money to get what's on my list and that's it. I have saved a ton of money that way.

supremevision said...

Hi there Jessica!! I actually came across your blog searching for giveaways and got completely sidetracked, in a good way :)! I applaud you on your weight loss journey and success. On a personal note, I am on a weight loss journey of sorts. It's hard, but it is so inspirational to see people such as yourself, who have put in the work and got the job done. You have also inspired me to add my journey to my blog. Sorry this comment was off subject, I just had to say hi!! To add a note on couponing, I am fairly new to it (about 2 months), but my coupon organizer looked like yours a few weeks ago. I haven't tried the binder yet, can't wait to see what yours looks like. Right now, I am using pencil pouches (yay back to school) and they have been working great. I will need to upgrade to a binder soon because my coupon stash is getting HUMONGOUS!!

Jill said...

Hi Jessica - I love your site. I have lost 14.6 pounds since July 27th and you are an inspiration to me. I also coupon and I used to cut the coupons out every week and that was too overwhelming. I am now in coupon clubs here in MInnesota and what I have learned is that it is alot easier if you don't cut the coupons from the paper out but look at the front cover of the ad on the side and you will see the date say for example 9/26/10 and it is the RedPlum Ad. I write that on top with a black sharpie and then file them by date and by ad for example RedPlum, SmartSource, Proctor & Gamble. Then you find a coupon website that the people post the deals for your grocery stores (they will tell you what ad the coupon was in and what date) and only cut out the coupons you need for the week. One of my stores in MN takes expired coupons 5 months back so I do not recycle my ads until everything is expired. Good Luck with your couponing.

Karen said...

Jessica -
In addition to doing what everyone else has already said, I load up the e-coupons onto my grocery club cards. Comes off at the register automatically when you scan your card if you buy the products. Can actually combine these with the paper coupons and get twice the amount off! Check out smartsource.com and cellfire.com. I also go directly to safeway.com and they have an option to load coupons to your card OR print them out.
You can learn more about this (and find other sites that are for your local area) at afullcup.com. (Site Christine gave you.)
- Karen

Anonymous said...

I keep the flyers in a notebook in order that they came in during the month. Each week, I write the date on the top of the coupon flier in a sharpie. I would recommend you search the web for blogs that list coupons and stores in your area. I use southersavers.com. She matches the weekly grocery sales flier to the coupons from the paper. Once you learn that SS 9/27 is code for the coupon is in the Smart Source flier from 9/27, then all you do is go to your folder and clip that coupon. This way I don't spend all my time clipping coupons I'll never use and I match them up to a sale which saves me the most money. I have a little "stock pile" of things in the basement and I go there first to make a menu and then "shop" the fliers to fill in what else I need. I typically save 50% each trip. Many coupons are on line now so I don't buy duplicate papers. This system works well for me and saves me time and money...keeping me from buying things just because I have a coupon! Happy Couponing...

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