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Your First Shopping Trip. Ready to GO SHOPPING?

I hope you answered YES. The wait is finally over.  I will break down the five steps to get you started on your first shopping trip

1. Determine what grocery stores are in your area to shop at.

Here we have several different grocery stores to choose from Lowes Foods, Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Kroger, Just Save, Charlie C’s and etc. Remember if the store everyday prices are extremely lower then their sales are normal the greatest. They rely on their daily sales to entice their customers. But on the other hand, if the store has higher prices they use their sales to entice their shoppers but you will also end up buying items that aren’t on sale during this time cause the prices of other items are much lower. 

You can use the store website, the sales paper or even a app to help you make your list.  
Here are my recommendations on coupon matchup sites:

Dellys Deals

Kroger Krazy 

Moola Saving Mom

Coupon Mom

I Heart Publix

Southern Savers

If you are looking for a specific store you would just google the store name with coupon matchups and something will definitely pop up.  After you find the store matchups you can bookmark it and go back and reference the site. If you are needing help with Coupon Lingo refer back to the blog post Coupon Lingo.

2. Look for the current deals for this week on the coupon matchup site that you have to choose.

Now that you have decided on a site and what store you want to shop at look at the website and click on this week’s ad and browse to see what you would like to buy. 

  • Make sure you are reading everything and taking notes:
  • Check the total price after the coupons.
  • Look to see if its a great deal compared to another store that it may be on sale at?
  • What items do my family and I need or want?
  • Do it require a coupon from the newspaper inserts?
  • Do it require a printable coupon?
  • Are there links to the printable coupon in the deals?

Continue to do this if you are going to more than one store in your area. You can always consider which store to go to based off of which store that has more items that you want to purchase. Using the coupon matchup site will save you a lot of time so make sure you are utilizing this tool.

3. Make your list.
Now, your going to make a list for the one store of your choice. Pick the top 3 items on your list for the store that you choose.  Remember you are just getting started so you don’t want to overwhelm yourself. We are going to take small steps with learning how to use coupons.

Eventually, it will get easy to compile a list of 20 items with 30 coupons. We are going to start small then move big. Depending on what coupon match up a site you use you can check the boxes and print the list out or you can write it out. When writing out your list make sure you include the exact name of the product along with the size of the product, the sale price and what coupon you are using. 

When choosing the items you want to purchase make sure they fit the following criteria. 

  • After coupons, it is over 60% savings from the regular price.
  • If it is a printable coupon that is required it is still available at this time. 
  • That the item is something that you use in your household.

This is only the beginning and unless you have been collecting newspaper inserts for a long period of time you won’t have a huge supply of coupons. Which is okay but in the weeks to come you will come across more coupons you should have at least one computer to print coupons for. Refer to Where do I find the coupons at? and that will help you to find coupons. 

4. Gather your coupons.
Make sure you use the links that on the site to print coupons if there are printable coupons available. You can print the same coupon twice from the same coupon. Once you have printed the coupons you would then need to cut them for your shopping trip.

Always remember that if the item is Buy One Get Free you can use a coupon for each item and that will lower your out of pocket expense. On your list, you would need to put beside each item how many coupons you will need for the items that you are going to be purchasing.

5. Ready to GO Shopping?
Are you excited? This is your first shopping trip to the store. ONLY purchase what is on your list. I repeat ONLY purchase what’s on your list. If you need additional items make a separate trip to the store to purchase those items. 

Now that you have found the items you had on your list before proceeding to the checkout check your coupons for the size and quantities to make sure they are correct.

When you are in the checkout line make sure you tell the cashier that you have coupons and they will then let you know if you would need to hand them over upfront or after they have rung up the items. 

Always pay attention that all your coupons have been scanned and now were skipped or forgotten. Once you see your receipt the nervousness and worrying will be over!

And that’s it you might not feel like it is much that you have done on your first trip because it wasn’t a lot of items but you have to start small in order to get the hang of couponing. Now if you feel confident after this trip to try it again repeat the steps and go to another store of the same store with different items on your list but make sure you only do a few items at a time. 

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Comment below on how your first shopping trip was and show your receipt with your items so we can see your work. 

 

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Coupon Database

What is a coupon database? A coupon database is a database that you can search to see what coupons are available. The coupon database is updated daily to keep you up-to-date on the latest online coupons as well as coupons that have come out in the newspaper. If you want to find a coupon for a specific brand, such as Hershey’s or L’Oréal, type the brand name in the search brand all of the current printable coupons and newspaper coupons will be listed in the coupon database.

The database is also a great way to find online coupons for general products that you may need to purchase such as paper towels and toilet paper. Search for these items the same way you would for the brand name products to find all of the current coupons and printable coupons. When the printable coupons show up in the database, click on the link for the one you want, and you will be brought to a site to print the coupon. With the searchable, coupon database you will never overpay for any product because you will always be up-to-date with the latest coupons!

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If you are looking for a specific coupon the place to go is to CouponTom.com. CouponTom is the database that I use and it has never failed me. CouponTom is very informative sometimes I find myself finding coupons that I did not even know existed until I go on the site. Along with searching what coupons about expiring soon.  You can also browse the different store advertisements for the week.  There is even a section that you can go on and look at the inserts schedule to see what inserts will be coming out the current week and upcoming weeks.
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Coupon Lingo

Let’s talk coupon lingo. What is coupon lingo? Coupon lingo is coupon abbreviations, acronyms and terms couponers use to describe shopping scenarios on blogs and in the forums or even provide you with a deal speaking with coupon lingo. Why do I need to know the coupon lingo? As you continue to follow my blog you will see coupon lingo that you will need to know and become familiar with in order to understand the information. I will be posting deals weekly at different stores to keep you engaged and to help you to continue to learn how to coupon.

I’m about to help you talk the coupon talk below you will find the abbreviations that you will run across on my blog and that you will also hear people use when they are out couponing in the store.

Let’s Get Started:
1.  $1.oo/1,  $.75/1, etc.- One dollar off one product, Seventy-Five cent off of one product, etc.
2.  $1.00/2, $.75/2, etc.- One dollar off two products, Seventy-Five cent off two products, etc. Which means you have to buy two of the products in order to use the coupon to redeem the savings. There would be no way that you can use it on one product and get the savings for half.
3.  BOGO- Buy One, Get One. I’m sure everyone is familiar with Buy one, Get One. BOGO is buy one item get one for free or either buy one item get one item half off. Buy one get one half off is where the two products ring up for half price. IMG_0838
3.  B1G1, B2G2- Then there is the written out method of showing B1G1 with the number. The B still stands for Buy and the G still stands for getting. The number is telling you how many products you have to buy in order for the purchase to qualify for the B1G1=Buy One, Get One or the B2G2=Buy Two, Get Two.
4. Coupon inserts are the inserts that are found in your Sunday Newspaper
5.  RP-Red PlumIMG_07296.  SS-SmartSourceIMG_07297. PG-Proctor and Gambleimg_05821.png
8.  DC- Double Coupons which is to be the store doubles the coupon value. You can use one coupon per item and once it rings up it will automatically double the coupon for you.  Only stores that double coupons are Lowes Foods and Harris Teeter.
9.  EA-Each
10.  EB- Extra Bucks is a rewards program that CVS offers. They are printed out based off of what you have purchased from the weekly deals that are advertised. You have to make a qualifying purchase in order to receive the Extra Bucks.

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11.  ETS- Excludes Trial Sizes
12.  EXP- Expires or Expiration Date
13.  GC- Gift Card
14.  GDA- Good Deal Alert
15.  ISO- In Search Of
16.  MIR- Mail in Rebate which means you must submit the rebate by mail. Usually, you are required to show proof of receipt and proof of purchase such as the UPC barcodes and send it in to get the rebate.
17.  MFR- Manufacturer
18.  OCPP- One Coupon Per Purchase is that you can only use the coupon for the qualifying purchase.
19.  OCPT- One Coupon Per Transaction is that you can only use one coupon per transaction. You have the option to do a separate transaction if there is a limit.
20.  OOP- Out Of Pocket
21.  Q- Coupon
22.  RC- Raincheck is a written slip that you can request if you go to the store and they have sold out of an item that you are wanting. Make sure you look at the raincheck to see what they have put on them sometimes that is filled out in full and other times they are not filled out in full. You may get on that has a quantity limit and no expiration date or no quantity limit and an expiration date.
23.  RR- Register Rewards is offered at Walgreens as a part of there rewards program.img_0688.jpg
24.  SC- Stacking coupons is when you two different promotions together. You are allowed to use the store coupon with the manufacturer coupon.
25.  SP- Stockpile is when you have purchased several items and you are building a stockpile of the items. You buy multiple items when they are on sale to stock your stockpile. img_0714.jpg     img_0713.jpg 26.  TP- Tear Pad is manufacturer coupons that are located new the product in the aisles and anyone can have them.
27.  WAGS- Walgreens Drugstore
28.  WYB- When You Buy an item that is on sale or coupons require a purchase of multiple items in a purchase.
The following were previously discussed in the post “Where do I find the coupons at?” Feel free to go back and review that post.
1.  CAT-Catalina
2.  ECS-eCoupons
3.  PE-Peelie

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10 Couponing Mistakes that I made Starting off

Mastering the art of using coupons means understanding how they work, where they’re accepted and how to multiply the value of them. Couponing can save you money and it can cost you money if you are not using the coupons correctly. If you aren’t careful you can spend more money than anticipated. I’m going to cover the mistakes that I made starting off with couponing.

1.  Are you familiar with the store policy? Not being familiar with the store policy is a very common mistake that is made when couponing. Before you go out you need to make sure that you know the store coupon policy. Harris Teeter and Lowes Food offer double coupons which can lead you to more savings.

2.  Underestimating the values of being organized. Organization is key to couponing when you are trying to save money. If you are clipping a lot of coupons and can’t find them what’s the point of clipping them. Make sure you keep your coupons in an accessible binder, envelope or accordion file, etc.

3.  Shopping without a list is never good. Having a list is essential to your shopping trip you would need to make sure you are planning the trip and have the coupons readily available for you. When I shop with no list I spend way more than when I plan the trip. Also, if I go to the store with no list I just pick up any items and put them in the cart. I always shop with a list and don’t purchase anything unless I have a coupon for it. Find a way to store your list so that you have it available when shopping you may want to email it yourself and view it on your smartphone.

4.  Failing to compare prices between the different stores. You will need to make sure that you are aware of what the other stores are charging for the different items that are on your shopping list. Always browse the ads weekly to see what store has the best deal for you.

5.  Failing to make sure that all your coupons have scanned. Always check your receipt before leaving the store. When I write my list out I always write at the both of my lists how many coupons of each type I will be using so that I can compare it to my receipt. Sometimes the cashier may overlook a coupon or fail to scan a coupon, so you must make sure that you are aware of how many coupons that should have been scanned and the value of them. IMG_0746

6.  Not using a coupon when the item is on sale. It’s often that people do not maximize their savings when they see a sale price. In my option, a sale item with a coupon is the best way to go it will guarantee you a better deal.

7.  Not using the store loyalty card. Most all stores have some type of loyalty card that you can use. The loyalty card can be combined with your store and manufactured coupons. For example, CVS offers coupons through the ExtraCare rewards program that can be paired up with store coupons and manufacturer coupons which will create triple the savings.

8.  Overlooking the expiration date. All coupons come with expiration dates you need to make sure that you always check the expiration date before going to the store. Weekly store ads, coupon websites and magazine coupons you may have the same coupon in value but different expiration dates on it.

9.  Forgetting to stack coupons. Target, Walgreens, and CVS allow you to stack coupons which means you can use one manufacturer’s coupon and the store coupon together.

10.  Not understanding couponing lingo. Knowing the lingo will help you to know what others are talking about in couponing groups, classes, and blogs. For instance, you will see lingo such as B1G1 is Buy one, get one Free or EB is Extrabucks which is only used when referring to CVS.

These were the mistakes that I made while being couponing that no one told me about. Use my mistakes to make sure you are well prepared as you begin this couponing journey.

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Learn The Stores Coupon Policy

It is very important for you to know the coupon policy at your local stores so that you can save money! Knowing the coupon policies for each store will be very beneficial to you so that you are able to maximize your savings. Making sure you are familiar with each store coupon policy will save you trouble, in the long run, you want be confused or embarrassed when you checkout. Every store has a different coupon policy so you would need to remember some keep things such as:

  • How many coupons does the store accept?
  • How many like coupons will the store accept?
  • Does the store double coupons? If so up to what value?
  • Do the store accept competitor coupons?

Most stores have their coupon policy online for you to view and print off if you need to. The coupon policy is generally found in the customer service section on the store’s website. There is also an alternative method to receive the coupon policy you can request it by emailing the customer service department and they can either mail it to you or email it to you.

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After locating the coupon policy you should look for the following things and become familiar with them.

  • Look for what kind of coupons the store accepts? Printable coupons, digital coupons, Upromise, SavingStar or competitors coupons, etc.
  • Do the store accept printable coupons for a free product? If there is a sale on for a Buy one get one free can you use a coupon per item or can you only use the coupon for the item you are paying for?
  • Are there maximum values of the coupon that the store will accept? Some stores have the policy to were they will only accept coupons with a value of $5 or less.
  • Does the store double or triple coupons? If so is it daily or certain days? If yes what are the maximum values that they double or triple?
  • Do the store allow overage on coupons or not?
  • Do the store do price match if you bring in an advertisement?

Make sure you go to the websites of the stores in your area that you could possibly coupon at and look at the coupon policy.  I recommend that you print out the coupon policy for all of the stores that you will be shopping at and keeping them with you when you are shopping. it is very often times that store employees are not notified when a policy change is made, and having the policy in your hand can often be useful. This information is very important for you to be successful at couponing and saving money. Knowing the coupon policy at your local stores will help you to maximize your savings!

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How to organize your coupons?

Once you have accrued a stockpile of coupons you have to get them organized in a way that is easy for you. I have tried several different ways to organize my coupons until I found what works best for me. Keep in mind when organizing coupons, you have to make it easily accessible, simple to view and portable. When organizing coupons, you are trying to save time and money, so you would need to make sure you are efficiently organizing them.

Organizing your coupons

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1.       Use something that you have around the house that will cost you nothing. Keep it simple such as a zip lock back and paper clip your coupons together. If the zip lock isn’t your style, then you can use a shoebox and place them in there.

2.       I used an old photo album to begin with and found it easy to manage but once I started getting more and more coupons it became hard to manage and time consuming for me to sort them and put them in the photo album.

3.       A large accordion file is another way that you can store your coupons. The accordion does come with sections and labels that can be placed on the tabs the way you prefer to sort them.

4.       Then there is the binder which is what I currently use for my coupons. I used a binder that I had around the house and then had to invest in a 3’ binder to ensure I had enough space. When making a purchase of the binder I found it more convenient to get the binder with the zipper and a strap it is much easier to tote around. I don’t lose coupons if I pick it up the wrong way or if I even drop it everything is still in place. In my binder I use the printable pages in the sleeves and trading card pages which I purchased from Amazon.com you will find the links under online deals. You can use the dividers and label it yourself if you don’t want to use the printable pages.

Sorting your coupons

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1.       Sort them by category you can have any categories that you choose.  You can sort by aisle, product type, or how often you buy the products. I use the system by the type of product and sort my coupons and file them that way.  Example baby, beverages, cleaning products and etc.

2.       Sort them by store I wouldn’t recommend this method because you don’t usually get many store coupons that will require you to make there on section. I get store coupons and use them immediately because they are based off the purchases that I made.

3.        Alphabetically order you can sort them by the brand name or by the product name.

4.       Expiration date this is a good way to sort coupons if you want to use all the coupons before they have expired.

5.       Lastly you can either chose to clip the coupons or not to clip the coupons. There are pros and cons to this method. A pro would be that you want be clipping coupons that you aren’t going to use. But now the cons is that this very time consuming.  You can over look coupons and miss out on deals. You will spend more time cutting and going through coupons that you would shopping. You will be carrying around a lot of coupon inserts if you don’t cut and sort before the shopping trip.  Expirations  tend to vary so you will be holding some inserts for months at a time.

Maintain your system

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1.       Make sure you are cleaning out the expired coupon so that your binder want be overflowing with expired coupons. You can send the expired coupons to the troops they can use the coupons up to six months after they have expired.

2.       Grocery store prices would need to be written down with the products that you use most often. You can compare the regular price to the sale price to see if they are even offering good deals or not on the items.

3.       Put all store coupons in the same section so that they are together and are not mixed in with your manufacturer coupons.

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And The Award Goes To

 

Thank you to lavandamichelle for awarding the Liebster to me! (displayed above) I love her blog and definitely thrilled that she thought I deserve this award. Thank you to my family, friends, and followers as well for being a wonderful support system.

The rules for The Liebster Award are:

  • Acknowledge the blog(s) that gave it to you and display the award
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself
  • Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  • Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

Here are my answers to the 11 questions:

  1. If you could take a vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be?  Paris, France
  2. What is your favorite food to eat? Loaded Baked Potato
  3. What advice would you give your younger self if you could go back in time ten years? Finish college while you young
  4. What would be the first thing you’d do if you won the lottery? Payoff all my debts
  5. Night owl or early bird? Night owl
  6. What superpower would you like to have?  Time traveling
  7. Your favorite way to relax? Listen to music and write a journal entry
  8. eBook or the printed book or audiobook or no books at all? Printed books
  9. What four words would you use to describe yourself? Blessed, Thankful, Grateful and Educated
  10. Who is the most influential person in your life? My mother.
  11. Do you make resolutions? If yes, what is your top resolution for 2018? Building a relationships with God and finding a church home.

11 Random Facts:

  1. I have lost 91 pounds and counting.
  2. I like lifting weights.
  3. I have been to the Bahamas twice.
  4. I’m the proud owner of a 2018 Chevrolet Malibu.
  5. I’m allergy to pollen.
  6. I love to bake cakes.
  7. I love going to Bible Study.
  8. I love the beach and can’t not swim.
  9. I love listening to Blues.
  10. I have a Associate’s Degree in Business Administration.
  11. I’m a Military brat.

 

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The 11 blogs I am nominating you and I leave it up to you to continue the Liebster – not mandatory 

  1. Lavonda at lavandamichelle
  2. Be YouNique at http://40plusfindingpurpose.wordpress.com/
  3. Tiffany at The Mrs Tee 
  4. Joan at   A Beauty, Food, and Lifestyle blog
  5. Claire at Claire Santiago
  6. Nina at Nina Bashaw Photography
  7. Amber at  The Suburban Socialite
  8. Tara at Mom Knows Best
  9. Mary at I Fill Life
  10. Dee Jackson at lifestyle blog
  11. Karina at Lovemade Handmade

My questions for them (borrowed shamelessly from lavandamichelle  :

  1. If you could take a vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  2. What is your favorite food to eat?
  3. What advice would you give your younger self if you could go back in time ten years?
  4. What would be the first thing you’d do if you won the lottery?
  5. Night owl or early bird?
  6. What superpower would you like to have?
  7. Your favorite way to relax?
  8. eBook or the printed book or audiobook or no books at all?
  9. What four words would you use to describe yourself?
  10. Who is the most influential person in your life?
  11. Do you make resolutions? If yes, what is your top resolution for 2018?

Have you ever won an award? What is a random fact about you? Please share in the comments below. We really would love to know.

Until next time, shine amongst the stars!

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