Couponing 101

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Welcome to the wacky but wonderful word of couponing!
I will tell you upfront that the way I shop and the deals I post will in NO WAY be anything like you saw on "that show". I just dont work that way. And to be completely honest, that is just not reality!

Where should you begin?
First thing you need to do is be patient!  The more you read, and shop the easier it will be to understand it all!
You will need coupons! There are many ways you can obtain coupons every day/ every week. Check this link to see the variety of choices you have! Coupon Resources
When buying your local newspapers for the inserts, I generally like to buy them in even numbers and one for each member of the family. Buying in even numbers will benefit you at times like BOGO (buy one get one free) sales at certain stores.

Learn your stores! Most store now a days have a loyalty card or a club card. Be sure to take advantage of that and sign up for one. Most of the savings you get will be when you pair a club card sale with a coupon. Know the stores coupon policy as well. Print that out and keep it with you when you shop. Or in your binder or coupon folder. This is updated on occasion, and I will do my best to let you know when they are updated.

Organize your coupons! There is no right or wrong way to do this. You will have to try out a few different methods to see what  best fits the way you are and the way you shop.
Some people like to keep their coupon inserts whole until they need them. And they organize them by date in a file cabinet.
Personally I prefer a coupon binder. I purchased mine at staples and it is a double 3 ring binder made by case-it. I use baseball card holders to keep the coupons in. There are 9 slots per page. And I organize them in alphabetical order. You may choose to put them by category or insert date. How ever you choose to do it, is up to you. What ever works best!

Don't over buy! Almost everything that is on sale will be on sale again! As a general rule and something I was taught when I first started shopping this way, Buy what you and your family will use for a 12 week period. The sales run in cycles and the same type of items will most likely be on sale 12 weeks after you found the first great batch of freebie toothpaste!  If you miss out on a certain sale, be patient it will come  around again!


If you have any questions at all please don't hesitate to ask here, or send in an E-mail. I will help in any way I can! bluebagbargains@gmail.com