Whew! It’s been way too long since I’ve blogged! Ick! The good news is that I was able to finish another book that I had been putting off, but that’s no excuse for this big time lapse! I did read almost 2 more chapters from The Money Saving Mom’s Budget book. There are so many tips and ideas! I will share some of them here, but again, it really is too detailed to share it all, so I will continue to recommend you read the actual book for more info. I’ve had to reset my goal of finishing this book by March 17 and my new goal is to finish it March 25.
Here’s chapter 6!
Chapter 6: Beyond the Basics: Advanced Couponing Techniques
~The key is to combine coupons with sales
~Shop at more than 1 store to keep your budget down
-Scout nearby stores each week and pick the best deals (base grocery trip only to those stores)
~How to shop at more than 1 store without spending hours each week shopping
1) Consider your options (not just grocery stores- Drugstores, dollar stores, etc.)
2) Make a price book (track prices for regularly bought items)
3) Find out local store’s coupon and mark-down policies
4) Shop at different stores each week
~Play the drugstore game (many many details in the book on this one!)
~Implement the “Buy-Ahead” Principle
-Aim to never pay full price for anything other than dairy and produce
-How to implement:
-Set aside a small portion of your grocery budget (5-10%)
-Designate a small area of your home for storing extra groceries
-Determine when enough is enough
-Don’t buy 35 bottles of something you’ve never tried the brand before
~”Stack” manufacturer’s coupons and store coupons
~How to use great deals to feed your family
-You need a plan
-It’s a waste of time and effort if you get 25 free cans of tomato sauce if you never do anything with it.
-It is vitally important to learn how to plan a meal based on what’s on sale and what you already have on hand.
-Menu-planning also saves time, effort and stress.
~Get the best bang for your buck
-Plan a menu based on what’s on sale and what you have on hand.
1) Shop your cupboards (use items you already have and then you only have to pick up a few items to make a complete meal).
2) Consult the sales fliers (for deals on what you need or will use in the next few months).
3) Survey your coupons (combine with sales for even greater deals).
4) Make your final menu plan and grocery list (use a list of recipe ideas and sale items to create menu and list).
* Ideas for meals – for inspiration when you are lacking it:
-Create a list of 30 meals your family loves
-Have a recipe folder to keep recipes from magazines, newspapers, food packages, etc.
-Online sites (allrecipes.com, supercook.com, recipematcher.com. I must add my own fave: tasteofhome.com!!!)
~ Take it slow and pace yourself!
~ Focus on cutting your grocery bill bit by bit
~ Focus on how much you are SPENDING, not how much you are SAVING.
~ Don’t just be “spaving” (spending money to save money)
~ Stick to your grocery budget, even if it means passing up good deals.
~ It’s okay to take a break every now and then (shop Aldi!) so you don’t get coupon burnout!
I’d love to hear your input on these coupon ideas and if you’ve had any great couponing success lately!!!! Please share in the comments!!!