Couponing has gotten to be a bit more difficult, have you noticed?
Manufacturers coupons are not like they were even a year ago, when you could find several coupons that would double in several stores, and they didn't expire for months! Ahhh, yes! The good old days.
Does that mean couponing is dead? No. Just more of a challenge.
What's a frugal mom (or dad) to do? Best bet is to peruse the coupons in the paper and online (HERE) and clip/print what you know that you'll need/use. Keep those with you. I, Anje, have reverted to my old small accordion file. I'm currently only clipping coupons for paper goods and facial cleansers.
Why? For me, its easy. I don't feel like the deals are as good as they once were and I don't want to spend the time I used to spend scouring for coupons that I'm not finding. I clip what I know that I will use, I file them and keep them in my car, and I'm finished in far fewer minutes than I used to be. That means I can spend more time with my family, and not my scissors and computer.
Do what works for you and feel good about it. Shop stores like Aldi's and membership warehouses like Sam's, Costco and BJ's. Figure your price per ounce and skip those 6oz boxes 'for only $1" - that's not a deal, it's a distraction. It's great marketing on the manufacturer's part. We don't really value the value of a dollar, so we might pick up fix or six of those small boxes. Do the math. Take price divided by ounces and don't overpay for the smaller, cuter packaging.
When dining out, be sure to view coupon sites like GROUPON, and EVERSAVE, and don't forget to check in HERE (and earn a FREE $10 gift card when you sign up!) whenever you do any online shopping. We don't have to pay top dollar for everything, but finding a coupon for everything may have become a thing of the past.
If you want to see a cure Do's and Don'ts of couponing today, check this out Elie Ayrouth HERE.
Happy scouring...and Saving!