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Instructions

Welcome to Savvycouponlady.com!!

I am excited to teach you all how to learn to begin saving 50-90% off your grocery bills!! There are several Things to learn, but I make it as simple as possible. After all, I wouldn’t want you to give up and feel like it’s too hard!

There are a few Easy Steps to Beginning and I will give you one Step for the next 7 Days. By the end of it…you too will be a Savvy Couponer

 

Instructions to Becoming a Savvy Couponer!


Day 1: RETHINK the Way you Shop!!

  • You are no longer going to shop for what you need for the week. You will begin buying things at their lowest prices, stocking up on them (enough to last the 14-18 week cycle).
  • Make a list of the ingredients of the top 5-8 meals you make and items you use (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, toilet paper, baked bean, ketchup, etc.)

 

Day 2: GETTING COUPONS

  • The Main Place you get Coupons is from the Sunday Paper. Start Buying the Sunday Paper in PAIRS. I recommend buying 2 papers for each member of your household. Buy a minimum of 4. You will understand later why it is so important to buy in pairs. **DO NOT clip any of your coupons!!** There are 4 different coupon Inserts that run in the paper at different times, so you will not get 4 every week, sometimes just 1…and that 1 is JUST as IMPORTANT!! The Coupon Inserts are: Smart Source, Red Plum, Proctor & Gamble, and General Mills.
  • Places to Buy the Paper:

1) Newspaper Stands
2) Home Delivery (yes you can order multiple Sunday papers & have them delivered)
3) Order just the Coupon Inserts from a Coupon Clipping Service. I recommend ordering from one of the following:

Printable Coupons

  • Printing Coupons is FREE and easy. The first time you print coupons you will have to download quick and safe software to enable your coupons to print. (Tip: Print in Black Ink…no reason to waste your color ink)
  • Here are the Best Resources for Printable Coupons: (all are available to print on my website…just click the icons under printable coupons on the Right hand side of the page
  • Coupons.com
  • Redplum.com
  • Smartsource.com

RULE: NO copying or scanning coupons!!! These are fraudulent coupons. You are legally able to print 2 of each coupon per computer. If you have 2 computers in your home you may print 2 from each computer.

NOTE: For all of the following Coupons, please make sure to think of those shopping behind you and don’t take all of them…usually about 4…always take in PAIRS!

Peelies: These are the coupons on a product and you peel them off…at most stores you are allowed to take these off and save them (not at Albertson’s) . You do NOT have to use these right then and there at the store.

Blinkies: These are the coupons in the little machines in the grocery store aisles that have a little blinking red light that spits out coupons

Tearpads: These are coupons that usually hanging off a shelf in front of a product on a pad of paper that you tear off.

Hangtags: These are coupons that are hanging around the neck of a product.

Coupon Booklets: These are booklets you can find throughout the grocery store that often have both Store Coupons and Manufacturer Coupons in them.

 

 

 

DAY 3: HOW TO GET THE SAVINGS!!

MATCHING COUPONS WITH AWESOME SALES and PROMOS!
This website makes it very easy for you. I List the weekly ad from several Grocery and Drug Stores with the Sale Prices and then MATCH the coupons for you. I tell you exactly which coupons are available, where they’re available, and often even tell you how many of each to use!!! Doesn’t get much easier than that!!

A Little Lingo:
SS = Smart Source Insert
RP = Red Plum Insert
P&G = Proctor & Gamble Insert
GM = General Mills Insert

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHERE TO FIND THE COUPONS TO MATCH THE SALES?

  • I will list the coupons under the item on sale item (example below):

$1/1 Kraft Singles 2% Cheese 1/20/11 RP Insert (exp 3/24/11)

  • This means there is a coupon for $1 off 1 Kraft Singles Cheese in the Red Plum Insert from the 1/20/11 Sunday Paper.
  • (I will teach you how to organize all this on Day 5)
  • If the coupon is a Printable Coupon it will be underlined.

WHAT IF I NEED A COUPON FOR AN ITEM THAT ISN’T ON SALE?
On my website I have a coupon database. You simply go there, type in the name of the item you are looking for and click search. It will bring up all available coupons, tell you where they are and if it’s printable, you can click it right from there and print it!! How easy is that?!! I did not have this when I started and killed myself going through tons of inserts finding coupons I ‘know’ I saw in there somewhere!

MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL: HOW IT WORKS!!

To view and see SIMPLE EASY to understand SCENARIOS of How this Works CLICK HERE

 

 

 

DAY 4: LEARN THE LINGO

I have this same index on the right side of most pages you view on my website, in case you get a little confused. I also post lingo ‘key’ for each Store at the top of each post Matching Coupons to Weekly Ads.

  • BOGO/B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • SS = Smart Source Insert
  • RP = Red Plum Insert
  • P&G = Proctor & Gamble Insert
  • GM = General Mills Insert
  • MQ = Manufacturer Coupon
  • IP = Internet Printable
  • OOP = Out of Pocket
  • WYB = When you Buy
  • EXP = Expiration date
  • DND = Do Not Double
  • RR = Register Rewards @ Walgreens
  • ECB = Extra Care Bucks @ CVS
  • $1/3 = $1.00 off the purchase of 3 items
  • Blinkie = coupons from the machine in the aisles with the ‘blinkie’ red light.
  • Peelie = the coupons you peel off the product
  • Hangtag = coupons hanging on product
  • (IE) = Internet Explorer
  • (FF) = FireFox

DAY 5: GET ORGANIZED!!

There are a few SIMPLE Steps to getting organized.
To See View this CLICK HERE

 

 


DAY 6: BUILD A STOCKPLIE

  • You are going to be buying things when they are at their lowest price. You want to buy enough so that you do not have to buy it again until it goes on sale again at its lowest price.
  • Sales Cycle’s run about every 12-18 weeks, so you will buy multiples of a product on sale. THIS IS WHY YOU NEED MULTIPLE NEWSPAPERS!
  • I had a fully evolved Stockpile after 12 weeks of Couponing.
  • You are going to have a stockpile and more than you need before you can blink. I am HUGE on encouraging each one of you to ‘GIVE BACK’. Each week I suggest items to donate to local food banks. When you have more than you need of certain items, PLEASE DONATE them. This is not hoarding, this is about getting only what you and your family need to last the sale cycle and blessing others with abundance you will find quickly that you have.

HOW DO YOU KNOW STOCK UP PRICES?
After doing this about 6 months you will get to know the prices. Create a list for yourself of the items in your stockpile and prices you’re paying…you’ll quickly find out that the $0.90/bx ‘deal’ you thought was great when you first started is not after you get it for FREE – $0.09/bx.
I am currently working on a list for the Tampa Bay Area Stock Up Prices, but until then…do the above.

GIVE UP BRAND LOYALTIES
If you are willing to give up brand loyalties, you will save much more money and save much more quickly.
We were loyal to Aquafresh Toothpaste before I learned couponing. After I learned to coupon correctly, I liked the FREE Colgate and Crest much better. If anyone complains about the taste…and says “What is that? It tastes different…” Reply: “What you’re tasting is FREE”. :-D

 

DAY 7: GET SHOPPING!

You are going to be shopping much more often with couponing to take advantage of items on sale. However you will be buying only a few items each time. Meaning you will buy multiples of only a few products at each time. Once your stockpile is built, you are just shopping to restock the items that are running low.

BEFORE YOU HEAD TO THE STORE:

  • Make your Shopping List (I personally make a Word Document and just copy & Paste the Items I’m planning on getting from the weekly ad and the coupon matchups below them)
  • Clip and/or print the coupons you need
  • MAKE SURE TO CHECK THE EXPIRATION DATES!!
  • Make sure the Small Print on the coupons you’re using match up with the Sale item. For example: If Kraft BBQ dressing 12oz is on sale and you have a Coupon but the coupon is for 24oz or larger…then you cannot use that coupon for that item.

TIPS FOR SHOPPING AT THE STORE:

  • Shop on the First day of the sale when possible.
  • Do not shop at ‘peak’ shopping hours.
  • Please think of those shopping behind you and do not clear the shelf of all product.
  • Pull over before you go to check out and make sure the coupons you have match the items on sale, pull out any coupons you have but didn’t end up getting the item.

Stack your coupons:
1st) Put any $x.xx off Purchase of $x.xx on top
2nd) Any Rainchecks (Make sure to tell your cashier BEFORE they ring up the items)
3rd) Any B1G1/BOGO coupons (put the items that match up with these coupons on the conveyor belt LAST)
4th) Store/competitor coupons
5th) Manufacturer coupons

HOLDING UP THE LINE?
When I can I go to Customer Service and let them know I have a ton of coupons and don’t want to hold up the line. Sometimes they open another register for me.
When another register is not available, I get in line and kindly let the people that walk up behind me know that I have a ton of coupons and will probably be a while. Every person has always greatly appreciated the heads up and go to another lane.

 


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