Savings Tip #3 – Coupons and Stockpiles

by admin on June 29, 2010 · 4 comments

in Summer Savings Blitz

Savings Tips #3

Surely you did not think I would get too far into this series without discussing my passion and love – COUPONS and STOCKPILES.

It was the discovery of coupons and the knowledge of a stockpile that forever changed my mindset about the bulk of our family’s shopping.  Note, I say the BULK of my shopping.  Of course I hit the store sometimes without a plan and (EEEKK!) sometimes without a coupon. 

Learning to coupon and building a stockpile to sustain your family are huge in saving on your family’s everyday needs. 

“BUT THERE ARE NEVER COUPONS FOR WHAT WE EAT”
Seriously?  Do you bathe?  Do you clean?  Do you have a pet or dine out?  Don’t give the excuse that there are never coupons for things you eat.  While coupons for certain things may be limited in their availability, you will always find ways to save.  Even if you never shop for one single food item, you can save HUGE on your household cleaners, personal care items and such. 

“OUR MONEY IS NOT TIGHT SO WE DON’T NEED TO COUPON”
Don’t tell me that money is not tight, therefore coupons are not necessary for your family.  (I heard this once from a friend).  You say that, I say nothing – but I will certainly chuckle as I leave the grocery saving HUGE over your total.  Saying that your money is not tight, therefore coupons are not needed it craziness to me.  Why would you EVER pay more for an item than you have to?  Is a little work not worth the huge savings? 

If you were looking to purchase a new car tomorrow night and I told you that if you went to XYZ.com to print a coupon and save $2000, wouldn’t you do it?  Sure you would!

I am now telling you where to go for the deals and even laying out how get the deals.  Why would you not?  Is it because that $2000 is not immediate?  Use coupons wisely and regularly and you will save MORE than that $2000 in a year!

“I DON’T NEED TOOTHPASTE THIS WEEK”
Guess what?  I don’t either, but something tells me that it makes sense to get it now while it’s FREE than to wait 2 weeks and pay $3 a tube.  Not only will I get it now at the cost of NOTHING, but I will get enough to sustain our family for a year so I don’t ever have to pay $3 for one single tube.  My entire year of toothpaste will cost less than your ONE tube. 

USE COUPONS
Using coupons can bring about huge savings.  Do you really think there would be so many frugal blogs if this was not true?  Do you think the nightly news would do story after story of coupons and those that use them if this was not true?  I did not put this post at the #3 spot to teach you coupons, but to encourage you to break your thinking that coupons are for the financially strapped, for those that eat junk, and for those that simply have a current need.  Remember, tip #1 was to change your mindset!!!

BUILD A STOCKPILE
By stockpiling, you are building up a reserve for your family.  You will now be shopping at the price you wish to pay – not what the retailers want you to pay.  You WILL buy that toothpaste when it’s free and you will quickly “get it”.  Not only will you save money, but you will also find that it’s super convenient to be able to head to your stockpile when you run out of something.  No more running to the store for a simple need. 

Below you will find some tips from past posts that might offer help if you are new to this adventure!  Always feel free to search in the sidebar for other tips and tricks to coupons.  Also visit the STORES page to get a 101 on each store. 

  1. ABBREVIATIONS USED
  2. A FEW COUPONS “ODDS AND ENDS”
  3. BRANDS
  4. COUPON SITES
  5. UPROMISE COUPON PROGRAM        
  6. COUPON CLIPPERS
  7. DOOR STORE ADS
  8. EDUCATION
  9. GIVE IT TIME
  10. NEWSPAPERS
  11. ORGANIZATION
  12. PAY ATTENTION
  13. “PLAYING” THOSE COUPONS
  14. SIZE MATTERS
  15. STOCKPILES
  16. IT WORKED, SO IT MUST BE OK…

I hope you find helpful tips included here and throughout the site.  Please feel free to leave comments anytime you have a question! 

Have you run into someone fitting one of the above profiles?  Are you that person?  Tell us about it!!!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Debra @ A Frugal Friend June 30, 2010 at 12:18 am

Amen, Sister! 🙂

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2 Melissa Glahn June 30, 2010 at 9:23 am

Love the information you give to us everyweek it has been really helpful. Thank you for all of your work!

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3 Danielle Miller June 30, 2010 at 1:00 pm

OMG. My sister in law is crazy like this. It’s my brother and sister in law, so I’m willing to give them freebies from my own stock pile. I’ll ask her if she wants some deodorant and toothpaste and stuff and she’s like “no, I’ve got some right now.” Hello. The offer aint open forever. My brother will take the freebies from me, but he won’t take a coupon and go use it himself. He had his car in the shop for a while. I told him I had a coupon for $20 off any service of $100 or more AT THE SAME SHOP HIS CAR WAS ALREADY AT. He said no thanks. $20 off wasn’t enough to make a dent in the total. I don’t get it. And my mom. I give her stuff all the time. Because she’s my mom. Plus, she gives me her two sets of coupon inserts each week. But I try to tell her to let me know when she needs something and I’ll pick it up. She insists that she can get it cheaper at the dollar store. Not. But she won’t listen. She was even complaining to me once that she needed new glasses but they were going to cost $150. I tried to point out to her that my prescription glasses that I’m currently wearing and she compliments me on all the time, cost me $10 and change for the frames AND lenses at eyebuydirect. Nope. She won’t listen. Makes me want to smack some sense into them all!

And I’ve heard some people complain about couponers. They say it isn’t normal to have a grocery store in your basement. LOL. But they say it in a way that implies we’re crazy, not in a way that’s in awe or complimentary. But you know, we gotta have those people who are going to into Walgreens without a coupon and have no idea what a register reward is. If everyone used coupons like us crazy couponers, then the stores wouldn’t be able to keep up the deals that they give us.

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4 Martha July 6, 2010 at 6:20 am

Thanks for introducing me to the world of couponing Becky! It has saved my family so much money over the past couple of years and allowed me to be able to contribute to others at little or no cost. Baskets of supplies have often been some of the most appreciated gifts given to others.

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