Posted by: thesavinghabit | September 30, 2010

Mastering the Basics I / Weekly deals 9/30-10/6

In saving money, as with anything, it is important to master the fundamentals. Professional sports teams spend a major portion of their time going over basic drills. The military, search and rescue, and emergency response teams go over the basics again and again until it becomes second nature to perform in a certain way.

While we would all agree that coupon shopping and saving money is not a life or death situation, it can be a huge help to your financial stability. So, for the next few weeks we’re going to go back to the basics.

Many people ask me how I organize my coupons. So, today we will focus a bit on that. There are many methods you can use. Some people use a 3-ring binder with inserts that are normally used for baseball cards. They use each pocket of the insert for each coupon. Some sort them alphabetically by brand (i.e. Kelloggs, General Mills), others by type of product (cereal, toothpaste). I find this to be a very time consuming process that just doesn’t work for me. I try to limit the time I spend organizing my coupons, but yet have them still be in a functional order. My preference is to sort by category. My categories include: Cereal/Breakfast items, canned goods, frozen goods, meat, miscellaneous food, miscellaneous nonfood, paper/plastic, hair care, oral care, pharmacy, misc. toiletries, and a few others. It took me some time to find a box to put them in that was the right size for me, but I finally found one at an office supply store for about $8 that has a nice lid that latches well and is the size I need. I know of others who have used regular envelopes in a shoebox. I use index cards for my dividers. If you have to you could even cut any cardstock paper to fit. At the end of each month I quickly go through my coupons and pull out the expired ones. This seems to be the quickest and easiest way for me to organize my coupons. And, ALWAYS take your entire coupon box with you to the store. It’s best to have a planned shopping list with the coordinating coupons already pulled and ready to go. However, you never know when you might find something you need on sale that you forgot to write on your list. If you have your coupon box with you, you can easily go through and look for coupons for that item as well. Also, try to clip your coupons as soon as possible so you always have them ready. Get the kids to help if they are big enough to cut the coupons without cutting off the date or the bar code! You’ll find that keeping coupons organized will help you to save even more money.

Now, on to the deals this week!

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 to IHeartPublix.com for their great tips on shopping at Publix!

For Publix “super deals” for 9/30-10/6 please click here.

For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups for 9/30-10/6, please click here.

For Publix ongoing sale list, please click here.

For Publix Advantage Buy Flyer sales, please click here.

Renita’s Favorite Money-Saving Sites

http://www.simplycvsshopping.com

 http://www.specials.publix.com

http://www.iheartpublix.com

http://www.iheartwags.com

http://www.iheartcvs.com

http://www.cvsdeals.gather.com

http://www.grocerydeals.gather.com

http://publixpennypincher.blogspot.com

http://www.southernsavers.com

http://freefrugality.blogspot.com

http://getadealdude.com

E-Book now available! I’m excited to tell you that my book is now available as an e-book! So, you can save money while you learn to save even more money by purchasing an e-book instead of a traditionally bound book! For more information, please click here.

Renita is a resident of Palm Beach County, and author of “Wow! You Saved How Much?” For more information, visit her website at http://wowyousavedhowmuch.com  “Copyright © Renita R. Perrone All rights reserved. Permission granted to reprint this article on your website without alteration (excluding the weekly deals) if you include this copyright statement and leave the hyperlinks live and in place.”  http://wowyousavedhowmuch.com

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