Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Get Organized With A Plan Before You Hit The Store!

Day 1: Coupon Inserts 101
Day 2: Printable Coupons
Day 3: eCoupons
Day 4: Coupon Clipping Services
Day 5: More Ways to Find Coupons
Day 6: How to Organize Your Coupons
Day 7: How to Quickly and Easily Clip Your Coupons
Day 8: How to Purge Expired Coupons
Day 9: Know Your Coupons {What does the fine print mean?}
Day 10: Coupon Rules & Tips Every Couponer Needs To Know
Day 11: Know Your Store's Coupon Policies!
Day 12: Know Coupon Lingo & Abbreviations
Day 13: Stacking Coupons
Day 14: Save Money With Coupons, Know When To Shop
Day 15: Get Organized With a Plan, Before You Hit The Store!

It is very important to spend a little time to get organized & have a plan before you head to the store! This is a Very important step to help you to save money!

1. First make sure to check out my weekly store coupon/match ups. Make your shopping list by jotting down the deals that you want to take advantage of, and/or click on the link to see the rest of the deals.

2. Print out any coupons from the links on my post for anything that you need before closing it!

3. Pull any coupons that you need from your coupon binder, or clip the coupons from the inserts that you need.

4. Either paper clip the coupons & shopping list together, or put them into an envelope. I use a small coupon organizer that I bought at the Dollar store just for this purpose.

5. Also make sure to write the number of items that you need of each item on the printable shopping list. For example, my list would look like this...

(6) Product A's $1ea.
Use $1 MQ from x/SS insert
Final price = Free

I see that I have 6 coupons, so I will write a (6) next to it, so that I know to buy 6!

6. As I'm approaching the checkout lane, I always double check that I have all the coupons ready to be handed over, and that I have everything on my shopping list.

7. As far as CVS and Walgreens go, make sure to have your transactions planned before heading out the door! At Meijer if you need to break up transactions, so that all your coupons double, have them organized by Transaction as well, on your shopping list.

Planning your shopping trips might take you a few extra minutes, but it will save you hundreds of dollars in the long run!

As you get more comfortable with the whole couponing system, this process will go a lot faster & smoother.

I hope this helped you all! Good Luck!

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