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Since we covered the basics of saving money on groceries (i.e. learning sale cycles) now it’s time to add in the coupons. To start you have to get the Sunday paper. A few personal notes/thoughts on newspaper coupons:
- Newspapers only guarantee inserts to subscribers. Always check your newspaper for coupons before buying at grocery store or paper box. It doesn’t mean someone stole them, it could be that there just weren’t enough inserts sent from the publishers that week (inserts are not printed locally).
- You DON’T need a ton of papers! I know you are going to watch the lovely “tv show” and see people with closets of coupons. We need enough of a product to last 6 weeks, for most families that is only 1-2 of each item (watch the sale cycle video for more information). It will come on sale again and you will get another coupon, I promise.
- Because every insert is different, there will be many days that I tell you about a coupon in your match ups and you just don’t have it. The grocery deals on Southern Savers list any coupon released in the south east. While it can be frustrating to not have a coupon, remember that if it’s listed someone did get it! You can hop online and order it from a coupon clipping service or ebay if you really want it. Or trade with someone on our coupon traders board.
- One more thing… it is illegal to get in a dumpster in most states of the south. Just because you saw it on TV doesn’t mean you can do it.
Regional Variations – Get a list of every coupon in your areas paper each week.
Remember though – coupons are just icing on the cake. If you have a bad week or no time at all you are still saving a ton of money to buy the sale price and stock up on it. Don’t worry about the coupons, just grab the sales and add coupons back in when you can.
Watch more videos to learn couponing on the Southern Savers Youtube Channel.