Thank you Coupon Saving Sista for guest posting on Makobi Scribe.

Hello everyone!  I started getting serious about coupons back in December of 2010 when I started by blog Coupon Saving Sista!  I’d like to share with you how, and where I get my coupons.  The first thing I’d love for you to do is to set up a separate email account that is ONLY for coupons. Next, sign up for news letters for all of your favorite companies by visiting their websites & “like” their Facebook pages.  Don’t just sign up for grocery manufacturers, sign up for clothing stores, & pets even if you don’t have one.  The reason I say sign up for everything is because you can get great overage depending on which coupons you have.  For example: I went to Publix and brought two packs of Orbits Gum.  They were on sale for $1.19 and I had two coupons (one manufacturer for $1 off, and one Target coupon for $0.75 off, you can use competitor coupons if your store allows).  My coupons were for $1.75 off  one pack which means I got $0.56 back for each pack of gum.  Now if gum was the only thing I brought then they’d pay that $0.56 to me, if not, it would be applied to the cost of the rest of my groceries.  Whenever you can get overage like this USE IT!

My next sources for coupons would be the Sunday newspaper, coupons.com, redplum, smartsource, EatBetter America, Betty Crocker,Pillsbury & Target.  You can also join sites like Kraft First Taste, & Vocalpoint for FREE! Want free samples?  Try signing up for Start Sampling.

Do you have any store cards?  If so, head on over to cellfire, shortcuts, softcoin (Kroger) & Upromise to load coupons on your card for extra savings. Make your store card work for you!

You can always visit Coupon Saving Sista to get these coupons in one spot, and let me hunt down the coupons for you!

Once you have all of your coupons figure out the best way for you to have them organized.  It can be in a folder, you can write the dates on the outside of the envelopes, or you can clip them and put them into a binder with labels so you  can find them faster (this is a much more time consuming method, but worth it).  Next check out the store ads for your favorite stores & match your coupons with the items on sale.  You get the biggest bang for your buck buy getting the BOGO (buy one, get one) deals & combining them with your coupons.  Tip***  If you have a BOGO coupon try your best to use it on a BOGO sale!  Example: let’s say Kellogg’s is on sale BOGO & you have a BOGO coupon you’ll get BOTH items for FREE!  Here’s an example of one of my quick shopping trips:

Shopping Trip

5 boxes of José Olé Taquitos or Tacos, 20-22.5 oz box, BOGO at $4.99 ($2.49)

I used 5 $2/1 coupons

2 BIC Soliel Bella razors, BOGO at $5.49
I used 2 $3/1 coupons

6 BIC Comfort 3 Advance razors, BOGO at $5.49 ($2.74)
I used 6 $3/1 coupons, from the Sunday paper

2 Voskos Greek yogurts, Sale price: $1
I used 2 $1/1 coupons that I got from Facebook

1 pack of Azteca tortillas $1.39

Total Spent: $3.46

Vendor Coupons: $36.00

Special Price Savings: $35.37

Total Savings: $71.37!

Store: Publix

My last important tip is to make sure you call your stores or check their websites to see what their current coupon policy is.  There’s nothing worse than planning a trip and getting to the register only to find out you can’t use certain coupons.  Good Luck & Happy Shopping!!

 

~Coupon Saving Sista~