Couponing, saving at a normal speed

Ok, so now that there is a TV show about people that spend LOTS of time and stockpile (hoard) products that they were able to pick up for pennies or free by combining store sales and coupons there is a misconception about coupons.

First off coupons are meant to save you money on things you intend to purchase anyway and maybe sway your purchase to a certain brand. Unless you want to spend 20 -40 hours a week trying to clip all coupons you can find and then compare to the stores prices and make several trips to the store every week, remember to keep it simple.

Don’t build your list based on coupons, build your list based on needs and meal plans, then add the coupons. If you try to build a list around the coupons you have then you will spend more than you want and get things you don’t need.

You still want to make sure you compare products in the store. Make sure you are really getting the best deal by using the coupon and getting that specific brand, or if a store brand will still be cheaper without a coupon, try to store brand. This goes back to building your list on what you need, not the coupons.

Know your store’s policy on coupons, do they double, limit on the number of coupons used per transaction, etc. This is important to know for the actual costs of items as well as what you will be able to accomplish in one transaction.

Don’t get the Sunday paper, no problem. Go online (list of sites I use at the bottom of the post). There are tons of sites that will help you by providing couppons you can print out and even do some preshopping for you. There are sites (and phone apps) available to cross reference the coupons available and the store deals. These can be great if you are trying to stock up or are willing to shop multiple places.

The biggest thing to remember is that the shows on TV are showing people that do this for a living basically and their shopping trip is usually the bigeestes they have ever done, it is not their normal shopping trip. The stock piles tehy have maybe have taken years to build.

Start slow and get used to the idea and build the system that work for you and your family.

 

Websites:

  • Coupons.com
  • Couponssuzy.com
  • Couponnetwork.com
  • SmartSource.com
  • SavingStar.com (this is actually online coupons that you activate based on your store savings card and never clip a coupon).
  • Redplum.com

*Please Note* Many websites will actually have the same coupons available and often have a limit on the number of times you can print a coupon out.

Mom Moment #123

There is nothing like a reminder after a fairly long day at the office of your little guy (or girl). It will always bring a bit of laughter when you come across these types of Mom moments,and sometimes you coworkers are lucky enough to expirience them as well.

My sister and her family had recently been in town so I had been spending quite a bit of time over at my parents. On Sunday morning I packed up and headed over to spend a few more minutes (unfortunatley this is very literal) with them before they flew back home. As it was almost noon I had figured I would be hanging around for a bit since my husband was working anyway. By the time I actually headed home it was abit later than I orginally thought I would stay til but it was well worth it. So I bundled up my son and tossed his things into my purse.

Monday afternoon when the day was finally over I went to grab my keys out of my purse and accidently opened the wrong side of my purse (it looks the same on both sides from the outside). Instead of keys I found the cup, still fairly full of milk from the day before. I guess I forgot to get it back out when I got home.

Thankfully my son uses the Click Lock cups made by Munchkin. These cups are really very good. They never spill! So thankfully my purse was save the lovely smell that would come if anthing had leaked out.

I would highly recommend these cups to everyone. Whether you kid finds ways to break open cups or not they are so easy to use and clean.

Things I dont understand

Fashion… pretty much anything that goes along with “What’s Hot” I don’t get it. Recently I was talking with a co-worker (and yes I know this is not that new) about the nail polish thing. Painting all but one nail on each hand one way and then something TOTALLY different on the one nail. The one nail is always the ring finger as well. I am not sure how this really got started and why people keep going with it. Is it that they have ambishion to do some very creative nail painting but then get lazy and only complete two nails and that some how became a trend, Are we trying to draw attention to a certain finger?

This is not the first trend that I never understood and I am sure it will not be the last.