Thrifty Thursday: Coupons, Simplified

Coupons are not as scary as you might think. I promise.

In a nut shell, coupons are best used when used strategically. Clip them then save them until you can find a sale on that item. Eat what’s on sale. It’s that simple.

By Julie & Heidi from West Linn & Gillette, USA [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

This is how I use coupons to slash our spending on groceries:

I subscribe to three Sunday-only newspapers for three sets of coupon inserts. This allows me to take better advantage of a good sale by being able to stock up at a discount.

I clip them all and file them in a 3″ binder so they’re easier to find when I need them.

Before I go to the store, I visit thekrazycouponlady.com and southerncalisaver.com to check the matchups where some wonderful bloggers spend the time and effort to match the available coupons to the store sales. (God bless those ladies!)

For more information, visit http://www.commissaries.com.

I pull the coupons I plan to use, then I head to the store with my list. Easy peasy.

Don’t let yourself be intimidated by coupons. Yes, you can save even more money by investing more time (and newspaper subscriptions) and joining the ranks of the as-seen-on-tv variety of extreme couponers. As for the rest of us, smaller-scale strategic couponing means minimal effort and maximum savings.

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