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Savvy shoppers will tell you: to save money, you need to spend some time. But it doesn’t have to be hours on end. Here are 7 proven tips to save both time and money.
1. File whole coupon inserts by date. Write the insert date in large numbers on the front cover (taking care to not write over any coupons) and place the inserts into dated file folders. You can then choose to place the file folders in a filing cabinet or some kind of case. You might use a different folder for each week, or do them by month. Make it what works for you. (Another variation for multiple insert filing: Take the inserts apart, match up the identical pages, staple and date them. This allows for faster flipping and clipping later.)
Then, when you’re ready to use a coupon, simply pull out the right insert and clip.
2. To save big, you have to purchase great deals in quantity. This means you need more than one copy of the newspaper. To quickly clip multiples of identical coupons, put the individual coupon pages on top of each other, then cut at the same time. A few cautions: First, staple the inserts together to prevent slipping as you cut. If the pages slip, you could cut the coupons incorrectly, voiding them. Second, before cutting, be sure to check the opposite side of the pages, to insure you don’t accidentally cut through another coupon. Third, whenever possible, cut wide around the coupon to help avoid cutting accidents.
3. When you are pressed for time, break it down into small tasks. Make your shopping list the first day. If there are Catalinas or special offers, make sure you understand how they work. The next day, look at your list, clip the newspaper coupons you need, then print and clip the internet ones. As you prepare your coupons, coordinate and notate on your list the quantity of each item you plan to pick up. You are now ready to shop any time. This method breaks up the time it takes to adequately prepare, releasing the stress the multi-step process can evoke.
4. Be prepared before you get to the store. Paperclip your coupons together or have them in an envelope. Have notes on special deals so execution is flawless. Arrange your shopping list by store aisle, or in the way you move through the store. It’s also helpful to order your coupons by your list. That way if the store is out of something, you can quickly find the coupons you won’t use and set them aside.
5. While in the store, move along, following your list. Double-check your path using the overhead aisle signs, and comparing to your list, to avoid unnecessary backtracking. Use the self-scanners available in the aisles to verify sizes and varieties of sale items prior to checkout.
6. When you come home with unused (and now clipped) coupons, rain checks, or other important shopping papers, file them right away. Rain checks, Catalinas, and the like should stay in your coupon envelope and be with you at all times. (You never know when you might get a chance to stop again.) Leave any coordinating coupons in the envelope as well. Clipped coupons you don’t need should be filed. Using your hanging file system, have a file marked “Cut Coupons”. Inside the file, have envelopes marked either by department (dairy, health and beauty) or alphabetically (the coupons are filed by product name). Place loose coupons in the proper envelopes. You can easily review the envelopes later for coupons you might need.
7. SavingsAngel members have the advantage of coupon-matching to the sales, coupon location information, and convenient internet coupon links. Add this to the list creation and sorting features, and it saves hours of time over doing it yourself.
The best couponers save hundreds of dollars every month at the grocery store. However, extreme couponers can end up living very extreme lifestyles to get those savings. For over five years, SavingsAngel.com has equalized the playing field – giving extreme savings to busy families who don’t have the time or ability to be an extreme couponer. Each week, SavingsAngel.com’s over 70 angels combine over 2,000 products on sale at local grocery and drug stores with an enormous database of over 2000 different manufacturer coupons. These combinations result in our members getting access to over 300 products each week for 50% off or better. Simply log in, choose the deals you want, print or clip only the coupons you need, and save hundreds of dollars a month at regional and national stores. Our angels will personally work with you to craft a plan that will help you buy healthier food at lower prices – helping you keep $200 to $400 in savings each month.
Josh Elledge is the Chief Executive “Angel” of SavingsAngel, Inc. – launched from his home in January 2007. A husband and father of three, he now appears each week on television, in eight newspapers, and a number of radio stations across the country teaching families how to cut their grocery bill in half using the Internet. Elledge created the technology found on SavingsAngel.com through the need to save his own family’s money. Successfully able to cut his own grocery bill from $600 a month to less than $300 a month, his message has reached hundreds of thousands of families. SavingsAngel.com is now growing rapidly throughout the country. You can watch a short video at SavingsAngel.com that will explain more information about how to cut your own grocery bill in half with the help of SavingsAngel.com!