Couponing 101

I'd tried couponing off and on before. I'd get the paper on Sunday and sit and clip and clip and clip and clip and then would try to organize them and then try to find them and finally I'd give up- too much work! Then i heard of another way and that is what i'm going to share with you. I have found it SO much easier.
Start with coupon inserts from your Sunday newspaper. There will be from 1-5 in the paper unless it is a holiday weekend then there are NO COUPON INSERTS . Check HERE . Usually there are 2 inserts-1-Redplum and 1-SmartSource. On the Cover in marker write the date and file inserts.
When you check the blog posts here or other grocery saving sites you will notice posts like the one here:

Kellogg's Rice Krispies or Froot Loops $1.99
-$1.50 mfq (
04-05 RP)
-$.50 DBL

Final price: Free
Listed first you will see the item and it's sale price then after is says there is a $1.50 Manufacturer coupon with a "code" listed where to find the coupon. You go to your flyers dated April 5th and look for the Red Plum insert and find the Kelloggs Rice Krispies coupon and clip it -so much easier than clipping and organizing 100's of coupons.
You can file your inserts in an accordion file folder- the kind with 12 slots or a file box with hanging file folders or whatever works for you .Generally speaking keeping 12 weeks worth of flyers is all you need. I keep mine in a file box with hanging file folders that i got for $5 as i already had the hanging folders. I keep the sales flyers from the week in the back so i know where they are for easy reference. Before i go shopping i go to the blog to find out what is on sale and clip all the coupons i will need and put them in an envelope. Some people use binders. You will find something that works for you.

Searching on your own
You will notice that as wonderful as we bloggers are we are not perfect (gasp!) nor do we list every single item on sale. We each will list different things and that is why I add links to other bloggers for you to check out. But if you see something you need and want to check to see if there is a coupon out there, there are several resources out there. I usually check 2 or 3 because sometimes one is missed.
One of the resources i just found is Coupon Tom it is the easiest one to use.You don't have to register to use this one. However the plus of registering here is that it has a feature where you can "clip" the coupon if you have used it so it will not show up in your search next time you look for it. Go ahead and click on the link to check it out. The link will open to a search box. Just start typing the name of the coupon you are looking for and it will show a list of coupons and their locations if there are any. However, there have several times that a coupon hasn't been listed though-maybe 5 times so if i come up with 0 i always check another resource. Both of these listed you have to register for. The first is Coupon Mom After you register (free) there will be a link on the left for Coupon Database. Then you pick your area of the country or State if it is listed and do a search for what you are looking for. Another resource is A Full Cup. There you will find all kinds of money saving things including a coupon database. This coupon database can be added to by members. It lists printable coupons, little peelie coupons found on products. Blinkie coupons-the ones in the grocery stores with the little light that blinks, Catalina-the ones that print out at the stores with your purchase. There is a way to swap coupons with others and much more that i haven't figured out yet!

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