Coupons, Coupons, Coupons

I have noticed just how much those little pieces of paper save you.

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I know what you are thinking, no one wants to sit around clipping coupons that are never use when you can buy the store brand for less. I get it! I’ve been there! But lately, I have noticed just how much those little pieces of paper save you.  When I started using “The Grocery Game”, I began to add up the savings, and you can actually save hundreds or thousands; when you know when to use your coupons.  Paired with the right sale, you can get free items and stock up!  I’ve even started joining on-line newsletters for local restaurants for their coupons. I joined marble slab creamery, I got a BO-GO coupon just for signing up, they ask for my birthday and my son’s birthday to send coupons on our birthday. I also got coupons for dollars off on ice cream cakes for his pre school graduation. As an idea on the savings, I save anywhere from $20 – $40 a week between all the freebies and grocery savings. That is over a thousand dollars a year.

Perhaps you just don’t have the time to clip all those coupons, or maybe you’d just rather pay the extra for the convenience of not having to sort through them all.  There are services available that will clip coupons and send them to you for a very minimal fee. You can also go to on-line auction sites, such as eBay, and buy 100 + lots of coupons, usually only a few dollars and well worth the bidding.  You can also get frequent buyer cards from local eateries, vehicle maintenance places, and other places for free items after so many purchases. You can also ask frequented places if they will give you a discount, most of the time, as a loyal customer they will. 

Maybe this is all too much for you or you’d rather not clip them for yourself. You could also use it as an option for extra money. Consider clipping the coupons and auctioning off the lots on ebay or coupon trading sites. I only recommend this if you have lots of time, because it is going to take a lot of coupons to make a decent amount of money for this service.

One of the best things about it is now you can print coupons on line, or save them directly to grocery store discount cards. No longer do you have to take hours and hours clipping coupons. I usually take about three minutes every couple of days and check my bookmarked coupon sites, check the ones I want and print them right off. I organize them before I go to the store at a later date. Some good sites are PG&E saver, and Smart Source. You can go directly to a link like thegrocerygame.com and print them there, or try coupon dad.  No matter what sites you use, it is a good idea to use a few so you have a good selection. Remember, the next time you go to spend money, check to see if you have a coupon for it. Take the savings and put it in a savings account, use it at the end of the year for a nice weekend getaway and take the week off from coupon clipping.

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