Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Don't be fooled by coupons!I do this ALL the time. I love coupons, I love the idea, I like holding the little paper and I love hunting down the item. Now to utilize the actual value of the coupon you need to ask yourself these 3 questions:

Do I use this product often?
How many of them do I need?
Where is the cheapest place to buy it?

There are two types of coupons, good coupons and bad coupons.

Good Coupons:
Are printed off the internet - www.coupons.com has exactly the same coupons as in the paper and you don't have to pay like $5 for it (say you only find 4 coupons for $1 off it wont pay for itself) You can also print as many as you want from online!

Are for things you buy on a weekly or bi-weekly basis - diapers, cereal, wipes, baby food, toilet paper, etc.

Are for things you only buy once in a while and are for non-perishable items. No sense in buying 3 packs of cheese if it's going to go bad..

Are for low quantities - like for 1-3 items anything more than 4 you USUALLY will not use. Unless you have a large family or a huge freezer. I heard a lady on the news this morning say she got 12 tubes of toothpaste for $3.00....what are you going to do with 12 tubes of toothpaste?

Can be combined with other offers - Great coupons are also advertised in your local grocery stores sale flyer. So you not only get the coupon but a great deal on top of that.

Bad Coupons:

Are opposite of everything above :)

I try to shop around, find the best price and use the coupon there. Coupons are alot of work if you want the best price. I go on Sunday's and go to 3 different stores for different things. I find that Target has the best deal on Huggies and with a $2 off from the paper and $3 off from target I can get 144 diapers for way less than just buying them with all my groceries. Only clip what you'll eat. Sometimes I do get carried away - I clip more than I can handle and end up spending money I wouldn't have spent in the first place meaning a really didn't save anything!! Shaws has the best prices on vegetables, meats, dairy and bake shop items while BJ's is great for baby needs and canned goods!

Just a few things to think over before next weeks shopping...


Oh and by the way check out my Monster Sillybets on Etsy !! Anything I make on these goes to Bear's first Birthday (food, plates, etc - I only need a few orders to be able to pay for everything)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the tips! Amazon Mom and amazon subscribe and save are awesome too! :-)