Extreme Couponing Tips

Apr
17

Can you Have a Healthy Diet and Still Save with Coupons?

by Kimberly on April 17, 2012

Healthy Food - Salad

 

A statement I hear frequently is ‘I don’t use coupons because I eat healthy and the coupons only seem to be for junk food.’  I also hear many people with food allergies stating that they don’t use coupons for this same reason.  Since beginning my quest to get in shape and eat healthy, this question/statement has come up again from several of you, so I thought that it was worth discussing, since we’re all about saving money!

I believe that it is still well worth your time to use coupons, even if you’re only eating Super Healthy Foods, or have food allergies, and can only eat Gluten Free foods.    Although there are rarely coupons for items such as Meat and Produce, they do pop up occasionally.  The $5 off  $x.xx purchase coupons that pop up frequently are also a way to help reduce the cost of items like produce and meat.  If you find a good Money Maker, that also can help cover your cost of meat and produce, or Gluten Free items which are pricey and very rarely coupons for.   I do find coupons for products that are low carb and or High Protein.  For instance we have a stockpile of Special K Protein Cereal and Kashi Golean High Protein Cereal.   Saving on those items is a big help for us.  If you truly feel you can’t save on food using coupons, let’s at least help you save on the other basic necessities using coupons.  This way if you do end up paying full price for the healthy foods, you are saving in other areas.  Below are a couple pictures of my stockpile of Toiletries and Household Items.  The amount of money I save on all of these products alone, is well worth the time and effort it takes to use coupons.  So, although you may not find a lot of coupons for the Food items you’re needing you can still use coupons to save on all of your other supplies, like household cleaning supplies and toiletries.

Savvy Coupon Lady Stockpile of Household Items & Toiletries!     Savvy Coupon Lady Toiletries Stockpile

In these picture, my stockpile of Toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, Dental Floss, contact Solution, Pantiliners, Pledge Dust Wipes, Air Fresheners, Pain Relief Patches, Pain Relievers (like Advil & Children’s Advil) and Napkins have all been FREE .  The other items like the  Laundry Detergent, Stain Removers,  Toilet Bowl Cleaners, Disinfectant Sprays, Shampoos, Conditioners, Body Wash, Shaving Cream, Bandaids, Feminine Care Products, have been all less than $1.00.   And the other Paper Products, trash bags & storage bags/aluminum foil I’ve been able to get Super Cheap, thanks to coupons.  When someone asks me if it’s worth it to coupon with their special diet needs…my answer will always be…”YES!!!  You can Still save a TON of Money!!!!!”

If you’re about to give up on coupons because of your diet, then change how you look at coupons.  Use them just for the Toiletries and Cleaning supplies and you will save loads of money that will help ease the cost of the foods you need to buy.   But even with those foods, make sure you are looking for all of the best deals.  Work on stocking up on meat and produce when they are at their lowest price.  I stock up on vegetables, I just freeze them!  I stock up meat when I can get it super cheap and then freeze it.  There are still ways to save on healthy foods.  Get creative with it.  Start shopping at a Farmer’s Market about 30 minutes before they close and barter for some great deals on produce that the sellers now just need to get rid of before the market closes.

Keep in mind that coupons are not just used for groceries. They help you save on many other items, and those items make using coupons well worth the effort!

I’m interested to hear your thoughts on this!  Do you think after reading this it’s still worth taking the time to use coupons if you have a healthy food diet?   What do you do to save on the Healthy foods in your diet?

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Jan
04

Can You Use Walgreens Register Rewards at the Grocery Store?

by Kimberly on January 4, 2012

 

 

Can you Use Walgreens Register Rewards at the Grocery Store?

Did you know that Walgreens Register Rewards are Manufacturer’s Coupons? They are the same as the Catalinas (or ‘Your Bucks’) that print up at Target, Winn-Dixie, Albertsons and many other grocery stores! I highly recommend taking one of your Register Rewards over to the Customer Service desk at your Grocery store and ask them if they will allow you to use them there. Make sure to show them that it is NOT a Walgreens coupon, but that it clearly states it is a Manufacturer’s coupon on the top. It even has a bar code to scan! I can tell you that the 2 Publix stores in my area I’ve asked about it DO accept them. :-) I hope this helps you save a little more money!

Last night I bought the following products with my $2 Register Rewards I had left over from my Walgreens Show & Tell Savings Trip.

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Publix Show & Tell Savings - 97%

Items I Purchased:
(6) UP2U Gum, 14 piece packs, $1.09 each
(6) Bananas @ $0.69/lb – Total $1.73

Coupons I Used:
(6) $1/1 UP2U Gum Packs (exp 03/01/2012) 01/01/2012 SS Insert
(1) $2 Register Rewards (I received at Walgreens for purchasing (2) Playtex Sport Tampons, 18 count)

Total Due: $0.27 (tax included)

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Here’s another Tip for couponing.

E-Mail:

Many of the printable coupons require registration in order to get their coupons. My tip is to set up a separate FREE email account with either yahoo or gmail that is JUST FOR COUPONING. That way your regular email isn’t bombarded with coupon emails.

Facebook:

I don’t know about you, but I’m very picky about who is on my personal facebook account. One of the things I found is that in order to get many of the coupons offered on Facebook require you to allow access to your profile and your friends list. I really am not crazy about that. So….set up a separate email account that is strictly for that. Don’t add friends or any personal information. That way you can ‘allow’ them access, only there’s no information there.

 

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Jul
28

Extreme Couponing Tip: Have a Plan!

by Kimberly on July 28, 2011

I know, if you’re like me, you have a busy hectic life.  I have 4 children ages 1-13, that have very different needs and I am constantly spinning in circles all day answering ‘MOM!” for this one, turn around “MOM” from that one, “MOOOMMMMYYY!!!!” from another…and oh…there’s another “MOOOMMMMAAAAA!!” that needs to be answered.  So, to help minimize stress at the grocery stores, especially if you take your kids with you, I thought I’d share some of the things that I’ve learned along the way. How many of you head to the store with a little bit of a plan, but no real plan as to what you’ll be getting, what coupons you have etc.? Then end up frazzled by the end of the trip? Here are a few steps I take BEFORE I shop to help me have a pleasant, quick shopping trip and checkout.  If I take my kids with me, they are less likely to get ‘fussy’….let’s get honest…they’re less likely to start downright screaming at the store :-) if I have a plan and get in and out of the store quickly.

Savvy Coupon Lady’s Couponing Tips:

1) Come up with a plan.
Before I go to the store I print up a list of all the items I want to get. I then decide how many of each item I want to purchase.

2) Clip your coupons BEFORE you leave your house!
I clip all of my coupons ahead of time. If there is a store coupon I plan on getting at the store, I have a small pair of scissors in my bag, and I pull over in an area with very few people (usually the pharmacy at the grocery store) and quickly cut them out.

3) Organize your coupons BEFORE you go

Grocery Store:

  • 1st: Any $ off $ purchase coupons
  • 2nd: Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupons (coupons that need an amount filled in) also…make sure you put these items on the ‘belt’ LAST at checkout so the cashier doesn’t have to scroll through your entire receipt looking for an item. They will be the first items on the cashier’s screen.
  • 3rd: Store/Competitor Coupons
  • 4th: Manufacturer Coupons

5) Halfway through the trip, stop at the Bakery and get the kids a FREE cookie as a reward for good behavior, and help keep them happy the rest of the trip.

6) Pull over BEFORE you get to check out and pull out any coupons for items you had planned on getting but couldn’t for some reason (usually it’s because they were out of stock)

CVS & Walgreens Planning:
I’m adding this in, as this takes a little extra planning. I actually write down each transaction. I list what I’m purchasing, what coupons I’m using and already plan out what fillers I’m getting BEFORE I leave my house. I organize my coupons by transaction order, then have my paper there at checkout, and pull the items and coupons out I need for each transaction.

 

NOW….I do not take or own a coupon binder. I just use a little purse sized coupon organizer and have the dividers labeled by store. I put the coupons and shopping list for that shopping trip in that stores file spot. Any coupons I find while I’m out, I stick in the back of the organizer to file when I get home. You can always bring your binder along, in case you find something in clearance that you have coupons for. That being said, I rarely find things on sale I wish I had my coupons with me for. :-)

A little planning will save you A LOT of time while you’re out shopping. It also will make for happy cashiers and other shoppers around you. :-)

 

 

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