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Letís look at how shoppers match coupons to sales. Cutting too many coupons can be stressful.
Q: I am trying to get into couponing because we need to save money, but Iím going crazy. I have been cutting coupons every week and putting them in a binder like Iíve seen other people do. But I spend hours keeping track. There has to be an easier way.
A: There is an easier way. I started loving coupons when I stopped cutting them out of the newspaper as soon as it arrived. Iíve also never been a fan of carrying a binder. But Iím still saving money and spending less than an hour a week organizing my grocery list and coupons.
I use a ďcliplessĒ method. Cutting only what you need for the week is the fastest and easiest way to use coupons. Stop thinking that you have to cut out every coupon you find. Ask yourself, do you ever use all the coupons you cut? At the end of every month, you probably spend time weeding unused and expired coupons out of your file or binder.
Instead of cutting coupons, save the entire coupon insert the week it arrives, and cut only the coupons you need for this weekís shopping. This is the easiest way to match coupons to sales!
Head online. There are many grocery list match-up sites that make it easy to match your coupons to local sales. These sites provide a list of products on sale at your store. The sites also tell you exactly which coupons to use to reduce sale prices even more. When you spot an item you want, find that coupon insert and cut the coupon. After youíre finished, youíll have a small stack of coupons for items you plan to buy this week.
Grocery list match-up sites reference coupons in your inserts by date and name. If a coupon for cereal is in the April 1 RedPlum insert, the list might say, ď$1 off: 4/1 RP.Ē When my coupon inserts arrive, I like to note the date big up top. Then, I keep all of the inserts in an accordion file, one pocket for each month.
When Iím ready to plan my shopping trip, I go to a grocery match-up site. It takes about 10 minutes to select the items I want to buy. I print my list and go to my coupon file and pull out every insert that matches an item on my list. I cut those coupons, then return each insert to the file.
Thatís it! Iím ready to hit the store and start saving. To learn more and view a list of popular grocery match-up sites, visit my website, Super?Couponing.com, and click the ďGetting StartedĒ link at the bottom.
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