**First, my apologies to
any of you who tried to join the “Live Chat” with me on Gather last week. The
host of the chat was very ill and unable to be online. I will let you know when
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I know I have talked
about this information before, but I do believe it’s often helpful to go back
and review the “basics.” So, for this week I’ve
compiled a “beginner’s guide to couponing.”
In today’s economy,
saving money wherever possible has become an essential for many people. Grocery
prices continue to rise and yet incomes are not. However, good prices are
available if you take a few minutes each week to plan your shopping. In fact, I
routinely save 40-50% on groceries each month by
using the simple methods outlined below.
In my experience, there
are two main things you can do to really stretch your grocery budget.
1) Stock up on
non-perishable items when they are on sale so you never have to pay full price
for them. Sales are usually on an 8-12 week cycle, so purchase enough to get
you through 12 weeks if possible so you are not paying full price in between
2) Save coupons and look
for printable coupons to add to the sale prices to provide you an even bigger
There are many more tips
that help but focusing on those two is a great start.
Before we start, here is
a list of acronyms commonly used:
BOGO – Buy one, get one
SS – Smart Source
(coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
RP – Red Plum (coupon
inserts in Sunday’s papers)
Many people ask me where
I find coupons. There are many sources that I will list below:
-The Sunday Newspaper.
Almost every week, aside from a holiday weekend, there will be coupon inserts
in the paper.
-Many manufacturers will
have printable coupons on their websites. If they don’t, email them and ask
them for coupons. Many times they will send you a nice batch of coupons in the
-Look for “blinkies” in
stores – these are the coupons that are in a dispenser on the store shelves
next to the products
-Look in magazines.
Walmart’s All You Magazine is a great one for coupons – http://www.allyou.com/
-Many mid-week papers
have coupon inserts as well. Locally the “Forum” and “Jewish Journal” both have
coupons that come out on Wednesday.
-Publix has several
magazines that usually have coupons in them. I suggest subscribing to them
(they are free) as the store copies don’t always have the coupons.
Publix Greenwise – http://publix.com/wellness/greenwise/feature/Home.do
Publix FamilyStyle – http://publix.com/clubs/familystyle/Home.do
Publix Wine Guide – http://publix.com/clubs/wine/Home.do
(They often have coupons for cheese or other items are commonly paired with
In addition, if you
qualify, sign up for the following:
Publix Baby Club – http://publix.com/clubs/baby/Home.do
Publix Preschool Pals – http://publix.com/preschool/NonMemberHome.do
Many stores will have
extra coupon booklets that come out through the year. Always check their sales
flyer areas to see if they have any available.
If you see someone demonstrating/sampling a product you use, ask if you can
take a few coupons, when coupons are offered. Since I am a product
demonstrator, I know that we are usually given far more coupons than we need.
All You Magazine August
Coupon List – Bargain Briana has been kind enough to
provide a list of coupons that will be in Walmart’s All You Magazine for
August. You can check it out here
to see if you want to stop by and pick up a copy. I believe it retails for
$2.49 per issue if you buy it at Walmart, but you can get a subscription for
$1.66 per issue here.
However, I will tell you that sometimes the subscription version has less
coupons than the newsstand version.
Walmart Deals – Iheartthemart.com
has put up the best deals from Walmart this week. You can find those here.
Also, Walmart has started offering double coupons as a “pilot program” in
certain areas. IHeartTheMart has more information on that here.
There is also a link on there to sign a petition asking Walmart to continue
this program company-wide.
For local calendar
For Delray Beach, click here.
For Boynton Beach, click
For Boca Raton, click here.
Now, on to the deals
Know the Lingo
BOGO – Buy one, get one free
SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores
Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off
Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles
All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription
Whole Foods: Click here for their coupons. If
you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.
Publix Greenwise: Click here
for their weekly ads.
Many thanks toIHeartPublix
for their great tips on shopping at Publix!
For Publix “super deals”
for 8/18/11-8/24/11, please click here.
For Publix full sale
list with coupon match-ups 8/18/11-8/24/11, please click here.
For Publix ongoing sale
list, please click here.
For Publix Advantage Buy
Flyer sales, please click here.
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Renita is a resident of
Palm Beach County, and author of “Wow! You Saved How Much?” For more
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