Thursday, May 04, 2006

Can't be bothered by coupons? Think again!

OK, so this has been a month and a half without childsupport, and things are a little tight here! I'm down...but I'm definately NOT OUT! What is one of the tricks to my survival?? It's a little lifestyle that my sweet, little mother taught me: CLIPPING COUPONS! There was a time not too long ago where I thought "HECK NO!!! I don't have time for that garbage." Then I calculated how much I could save in a year, and I figured how much time it would take me to work for that money, and I realized that I couldn't afford to not cut coupons!
Regular coupon users can save as much as $5,000 a year if you know some basic tricks. Here is the first trick that I will teach you to help y'all have an extra $5,000 in your bank account next year! Ready to go to Cancun, all expenses paid thanks to your frugality? That's what I THOUGHT!!!
Alanita's trick #1: Read the Fine Print
Coupon values are determined by their wording, not by the item pictured. Look for words like "any variety" and limiting terms like "applies to 1.4 ounces size and larger." If the size or variety is not specified, then the coupon works for any size or variety. The coupon needs to state specific varieties/sizes or exclude specific varieties in order to limit its use.
Last week I bought $81.24 worth of groceries for $29.51. That's a savings that will help a single mom, a middle class family, and a smart shopper SURVIVE!
Any Questions for the coupon queen? I will write you a letter with my response. Have a great day!!!


At 1:15 PM, Blogger Richard said...

I also use coupons and store sales, but only if it makes sense – there is no point in buying products because I Can get them cheaper if (1) it is not cheaper than my regular brand, (2) I never use the product anyway.

My favourite is to go to the store near closing time (depends on the store, some you have to go just after they open), because they mark down by 50% meats are “expiring” the next day. Of course, you have to be sensible, buying only good quality meat / healthy looking meat – no point in being penny wise and pound foolish (by poisoning yourself).

I think coupons in the States allow you to save more than in Canada.

Also buying in bulk helps. It is better to buy a 20lb bag of rice for $6 than a 2lb bag of rice for $2.

At 5:55 PM, Blogger Doctor Marco said...

I think it is wise to save and I agree with Richard in buying only when it makes sense.

At 1:31 AM, Blogger The Intolerant One said...

You should meet my wife. She is the coupon Queen :)

At 12:14 PM, Blogger Alanita said...

Wow....I didn't think that 3 guys would respond to my post! Amazing. Well, we all agree with Richard--not buying products that we would NEVER use....I mean, I don't have a use for geriatric, enema vitamins. You know?!?!?!

I wish they would discount the meat at closing time here in OHIO. I could freeze the stuff. That's pretty nice!

We also have a store called ALDI's. It's disxcount canned goods, and generic items. I'm so glad that there's an ALDI's in the new hometown where me and my sweetie are moving!

At 4:40 AM, Blogger Coffee fairy said...

gosh! I didn't know that much could be saved in coupons! Although in Dublin I did make use of discount coupons I get from the back of the grocery receipt for buy one take one big mac (because I find that McDonald's was expensive there)=P.
Then in Houston there was this membership card they gave out for free (Randall's grocery) and everything is discounted when you have it so I saved like 10-15% on my purchases.

I wish I have more patience though to collect and bring coupons when I shop as it is I believe what hinders people from using coupons.

By the way, I've added your blog in my blog links. =)

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