Tuesday, May 3

Coupon 101: Lesson 2

Now that you know about the kinds of coupons there and where to find them, today you're going to learn how to use them. 

Like I told you yesterday, I don't have time for clipping coupons. So what do I do with them? I take them out of the paper on Sunday, date them, and file them away. I like to seperate them by name and then order them by date. However you want to do it is up to you. You'll see why in a sec.

So how do I know when I'm going to need them?
That's where the other people come in to play. There are a ton of wonderful people who look through all the stores sales papers {days before you'll actually see the sales papers} and then match them to coupons that are available and then post it on their websites for free. We coupon crazies call them store matchups. You can find matchups to Target, Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, Walmart, Kmart, Kroger, Meijer, and your local grocery stores as well. 

Here are some of my favorite sites for checking store matchups:

Don't see your local grocery store on this list?  Do a simple Google search of your area for store matchups.

Here is what a sample matchup might look like, this one taken from this week's Kroger matchup at Bargains to Bounty: 

$1.09 Maruchan Yakisoba Noodles (regular price)
-$0.50/1 Yakisoba coupon (from 3-13 SS, exp 5-31)
$0.09 after coupon

Translated, that means that you can buy these noodles for $1.09 (this is the regular price), however you need to use the $0.50 off 1 coupon, which was in the Smart Source {SS} insert on 3-13.
 {Now you see why you need to organize your coupons by date and type?}
The coupon expires on 5-31. The reason the price is $0.09 is because Kroger doubles MQ coupons up to $0.50 everyday. 

 So now you know the kinds of coupons there are, where to get them and how to find the deals without doing all the work. Come back tomorrow and I'll show you the easiest way to find deals that may not be on a matchup. 


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