Friday, June 21, 2013

My Daughter Teaches A Coupon Lesson

True story.  I made a chore chart for my kids.  I thought I’d teach them responsibility this summer.  Each chore has a corresponding reward for a job well done.  $2 or $3 for tougher jobs.  My 7 year old thought this was wonderful for the first few weeks of summer.  She’d earn enough money to buy a small toy she had been eyeballing each Friday on pay day.  This past week, she said, “I’m not going to be doing all these jobs anymore, “  I was surprised to hear this.  She went on, “I’ve decided I’ll do a few, then just get a coupon off the internet so I don’t have to work so hard.”  

I have taught my children a lesson!  Why pay $10 for a toy if you can use a coupon and only pay $5?  Especially if couponing is that easy?  This seems like a good topic to discuss at our club meetings this week too.  Many coupon users will clip from the newspaper, and shop the sales, but do not see the big coupon picture.  There are thousands of coupons at your finger tips.  You can save more of your money, and get the things you want buy finding the right coupons and using them every time.  

Follow these steps:
1. Identify what you want to buy.  What is the one thing you’ve been wanting, but have been reluctant to purchase?  Search for that coupon specifically online.
2. Search for a free coupon off printable sites.  Use the Coupon Database to find it faster.  If there is no lisitng, check the company website.  The coupons may be “off” for that brand at this particular time, and maybe coming up again soon. Send them an email to ask.
3. Join their home mailer program to get the coupon by mail.  Just a simple sign up form is usually available online.  If not, send a nice email requesting a mailed coupon. 
4. Utilize coupon services.  The clippers will get you what you need.  If you’re buying coupons, take a look at the items you need long term.  Like trash bags, or peanut butter.  Stock up when you know you’ll save money.
5. Now take a look at the things you regularly buy, and pay full price to get.  Yes, even the best coupon users have something they love and do not have a coupon to get.  Request one!  Look for a rebate that would include this item, or ask your club members if they have any tips on buying that item.
6. Always look for long term food deals.  Items with a longer shelf life can fill in a meal in a pinch.  Canned fruit, frozen rolls, or even boxed side dishes can help you to feed the family for less.
7. Finally, forget the groceries!  Take a look at all the things you plan to buy.  Can you get a coupon to help with that purchase?  A new garden sprinkler, tennis shoes, or a toy?  All money saved helps.  Think outside the grocery store this week and apply a child’s logic to your shopping. 

For additions Print N Save Coupons:

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