Meghan’s Guide to Couponing.

Well, I was going to do this as a Friday Fave, but the more I thought about it, the longer the post got (in my head), and in the end, I just skipped my Friday post all together.

After talking it over with Tom, he convinced me that this needed to be a series. Here’s why:

A.Β Each topic was big enough to deserve it’s own post.

B. Looooong posts, even about useful information, are not fun to read.

C. It’s better for SEO. Just keepin’ it real, people.

Anyway. Here comes the disclaimer: I don’t claim to be an expert at couponing. I don’t go to a store and get two weeks’ worth of food for our family for $20. I’m not an “extreme couponer.” But I do save a significant amount of money for our family by couponing, and it’s worth sharing, in my humble opinion.

Through reading many other people’s blogs over three years, talking with other friends who coupon, and trial and error on my own part, I have learned enough to write a week’s worth of blogs about couponing.

And let me tell you something- it is daunting to try to figure out on your own. So, I will start by assuming you know nothing about it, and I’ll build from there. Here’s how the series is shaping up, so far:

Day 1: The Different Types of Coupons. All coupons are not the same. This post will help guide you through all the various coupon types you will see referenced on money saving/couponing sites.

Day 2: How to Stack Coupons. You might have heard people refer to “coupon stacking,” but what does it mean? How does it help you? This post will help explain what it is and how to do it.

Day 3: How to Organize Your Coupons. You don’t have to do it my way, but I’ve tried a few things, and I’ll show you the way that has worked best to save me the most money.

Day 4: When to Coupon. Is there a best time of the week to coupon? Should you hit all stores on the same day or not? When is it wiser to NOT use that coupon you clipped? I’ll address it all.

Day 5: Drug Store Couponing. It’s often a different ballgame than grocery store couponing. We’ll hit the basics.

So, if you like saving money, or you just NEED to save money, go out to the store, buy a couple of Sunday papers with coupons in them and a pair of scissors.

Get ready. We’re gonna knock it out, baby.

~Meghan

ps- You also might enjoy reading :

Confessions of a Couponer. I wasn’t always this frugal. πŸ˜‰

Best “Smart Shopping” Day Ever. See Meghan. See Meghan Shop and Save. Save, Meghan, Save!

 

17 thoughts on “Meghan’s Guide to Couponing.”

  1. I’M EXCITED!!! Been watching extreme couponing; recording it even, but I need a printer for my computer…have one of those verizon computers, the little ones without a cd drive, and I don’t know how to get software for it. Does Tom know???!!! just thought about him being a computer genius.

    1. Yay! Well, I’m not like the Extreme Couponing show people. But I do save some money, so that’s good! πŸ˜‰

  2. I’m excited about this series! I’ve been wanting to coupon, but haven’t really taken the time to learn about it. Thanks Meghan for sharing with us! πŸ™‚

    1. Well, this is the perfect time to learn it for you since you’re on bed rest! And since you will really find this useful for diapers, diaper rash cream, wipes, and formula! Yay! =)

  3. It’s funny that you’re writing this series now. I just started more seriously couponing with Debbie Hawkins. Like you…I’m not into stockpiling or being too over the top, but I am trying to get the hang of it. I look forward to reading what you have discovered!

    1. Nice!! Feel free to share your wisdom on all the posts that the different info you have is relevant to! Thanks!

  4. Just a quick question…. I have a safeway coupon that is 2.49 for ben and jerry’s or breyers ice cream ( no limit) . Now my question is since the ice creams total cost is 2.49 can I buy say 5 and use just the one coupon?

    1. I haven’t shopped at Safeway, but at most stores, you would need a new coupon for each item. I can’t imagine this would be different. So you could use 5 of those coupons and get 5 of those ice creams. I think the “no limit” means you aren’t limited to buying a certain amount of ice creams or less per transaction.

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