Saturday, October 30, 2010

Couponing 102 - How To Use Coupons Part 2

Some of the information for this post is borrowed from my friend Hillary's blog. She makes using coupons simple, and easy to follow.

Buy In Bulk!


So, here is your scenario. You're not really into couponing, but you happen to have a coupon for shampoo laying around the bottom of your purse. So you use it. You get the shampoo for $1, instead of $3. Great job, you feel all tingly at the register paying $1! However what are you going to do NEXT month when you run out of shampoo??? You're going to go back to the store and pay full price because you don't have another coupon. You're not really saving much money if you have to pay full price next time you need that item.

Buying in bulk, means collecting coupons in bulk. The way you do this is by purchasing the Sunday paper. They say that you should have one paper for each person you in your household.
Products go on sale every 3-4 months. SO, by using four coupons I am stocking up on the item until it goes on sale again, at which point I will probably be needing to stock up on it again...and I will have collected more coupons in that 3-4 month period of time! But I am buying it WITH a coupon when it is on SALE so I am getting a great deal.

Now, the tricky part is paying for the newspapers. Most other blogs tell you to go out and get as many newspaper subscriptions as possible. That way you spend HUNDREDS on the papers that you will probably never read and produce more clutter in your small living space.

Since I only need to buy one newspaper I have found it cheaper to buy the Sunday edition of the "Daily News" at Walmart. (Check to make sure the coupons are in the paper before you buy it. There is some thieves out there that think the coupons are there for free.)
It is only $1.50, $6 dollars per month, and you don't have to get the entire weekend subscription. Our local paper comes with all the same coupons as the more expensive newsprint,
like the Salt Lake trib or The Desert News, which run around $3.00 per paper. Some weeks I spoil myself and buy the "Las Vegas Review Journal", they are out of state so there is different coupons. The Journal is expensive I think the last time I got it was $3.50 or $4.00Local retailers will take coupons from another state and it will give you more selection to deals that nobody else knows about.

Now you are all probably wondering how to buy things in bulk when there is only you. My best advice I can give you is:

1.
Do it anyways! Stock up on the things you use. For example, my favorite "Maybelline" mascara comes on sale, so I figure out how many I will need for the year and buy it only once.

Due dates on things are usually months away. It will not hurt to have an extra item laying around.


2. For all you students with roommates, make up with them and go in on things together. This solution will kill two birds with one stone. If you buy things together you will not have to fight over them. The problem of having 10 bottles of ketchup in the fridge, will no longer be there. If your roommate eats your food, it will not matter because you know that you paid pennies for the item.
Besides, what if your roommate runs out and decides to use yours? You can kindly tell them to"keep it", because you will have another one and not have to pay a half fortune to replace it.

3. Don't buy things that you will never use just because it is on sale. Pick and choose the items you honestly will use. Buying "JUNK" (things you never use) will not save you money. This is the difference between saving and wasting.

So here is a recap:
Start Collecting coupons
Buy the "Daily News" Sunday paper
BUY IN BULK
Only buy the things you will use!

Remember, there are multiple recycling bins across campus. That you can put you unwanted papers in.

I hope this helps.
Amy

Couponing 102-How to use coupons Part 1

Again, this is information I borrowed from Hillary's blog. Its easy to understand and teaches you the basics of how to use coupons. She teaches coupon classes and really knows the in's and outs of it.

Stack Coupons!

Did you know you can use a stores coupon WITH a manufacturers coupon on the same item?? You can! And you can save a butt-load of money doing it! (I know, how immature of me to say butt-load....but it's the only choice of words I can use to describe how I really feel!)

Example: Target.com has a coupon for Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaner (with the Target logo on it, so you can only use it at Target.) The Target coupon is Buy One Get One Free. Coupons.com also has a coupon for Scrubbing Bubbles that is Buy One Get One Free. When you go to Target and they scan your two boxes of Scrubbing Bubbles, you use both coupons, and they cancel each other out and you get both boxes of Scrubbing Bubbles for free!

Example: I have a coupon for Crest from Target. I ALSO have a manufacturers coupon for Crest. I can combine both coupons at Target to get a bigger discount.

I have found that I TREASURE the store coupons I can get my grubby little hands on! They are a lot harder to come by than manufacturer coupons.

SO:
Stack store coupons with manufacturer coupons!

Coupons 101- Where to get coupons

This information is borrowed from my friend Hillary's blog. It is the best explanation I could find on how to use coupons. She made is simple and easy to understand. Thanks Hillary. :)

Hillary worte, "So I have to give a shout out to Utah Deal Diva for introducing me to the coupon method. Although I don't do it exactly the way she does, it was awesome getting a first glance into the coupon world!! Before you can USE coupons, you really need to understand how they work so you can make the most for you buck. Here are the basic things you need to know about coupons.
How to Get Coupons:


The ways you can get coupons are:
1. Through the mail

Every Tuesday (or Wednesday depending on where you live) an insert called Red Plum comes in the mail. It also comes with the grocery store ads for that week. The Red Plum inset has coupons in it. They are not always the BEST coupons, but they are coupons!

There are also usually a couple of coupons in each stores ad for that store only.

2. Online

There are a couple of reliable websites for coupons. Each coupon you want to print online can be printed at your IP address USUALLY twice....sometimes more, sometime less, but typically two. (Scanning these coupons and printing more is illegal and is a big turnoff for stores to keep accepting them so please don’t do this!) Each coupon prints with a different code on it, also a reason why you can’t duplicate them yourself.

You can also upload ecoupons onto your Smith's card. Once it is loaded onto your card, you buy the item at the store and the amount will automatically come off at checkout.

Check the sidebar to the right for more printable coupon sites!

3. The Sunday Paper

The Sunday Paper comes with two coupon inserts. One is called Proctor and Gamble. The other is called Smart Source. Proctor and Gamble comes the first Sunday of the month and Smart Source comes every week.

4. In Store Ads

Grocery stores, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Target will have coupons in their store ads. The coupon can only be used in their store BUT it can be stacked with a manufacturers coupon!!

5. On The Product

In the couponing world, these are called peelies. You've probably noticed them stuck to certain products in the store. Peel them off and use them right then.

6. With Free Samples

Typically when you order a free sample of something, the manufacturer will send you a coupon as well. These are typically high value coupons (1-2 off product) but I have had a few for FREE stuff. (Pads, yogurt, baby food etc).

So let’s review what we’ve learned from couponing 101.

SO:

The way to get coupons is:
In the Mail
Online
In the Sunday Paper
In store ads
On the product
With free samples
I sit here and read people's blog's about saving money and its all about family. How to feed your your 10 children on 50 cents or how to get free movie passes to kiddie movies. I on the other hand, don't have a family, I am a college student, and its hard for me to find deals to suit my small family of two.

I am an accounting major and I enjoy saving money. It is simple to live off of nothing and still have a little money in the bank. (By little, I mean I am lucky to have $20 in my savings account between pay checks) I always manage to get by and feel my quality of life is better than most. I take pride is being savvy. I think all of us Young and Broke, should be able to take full advantage of of all the free things that are out there.

(Feel free to give me any ideas that you would like me to write posts about)
 
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