There are a lot of free websites for printing coupons. Couponmom.com, afullcup.com, weusecoupons.com, and many others. Some store's websites (such as: foodlion) also have links that enable you to print coupons from them.
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I love these ideas and suggestions. I cut coupons from the local paper when my Father-in-law gives them to me, do you have other areas to find coupons? I need to save more money and you seem to know how and what to do to find them. Thanks for this great information!
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So I have a binder, but I never really seem to save a lot of money lol. When I started my binder I went alphabetically but found that it really didn't make sense that way, so how I do it now is by department and then by isle for grocery. In my area I basically only have a walmart so I price match and I know that store like the back of my hand so I know the isles well.
To get started I bought a regular zipper binder, it will fill up more, the more you clip.
Then I bought baseball card holders and tab dividers. mine are alphabetical but at the front i have a guide as to what letter is what department i.e. A: Pharmacy B: Cosmetics and so on
I go through my binder every Sunday to clear out expired ones, and put in new ones
I go to the krazy coupon lady website when I get a chance to see what deals they have found and any coupons i need to print. I go through all my ads on Sunday to see whats on sale, and do the best I can at saving.
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1. Find a local online blogger who does deals for your area. That is the easiest way to find the deals. I keep my coupons inserts mostly intact in date order. (They have dates on the spine on the outside in small print.)
2. Get people to save their coupons for you, friends, family, church members, etc.
3. Start or join a coupon swapping group online or in person. The best way to coupon is to find the deals and then make sure you can stock up a bit with extra coupons.
4. Know what food you want to provide for others... Look at what a typical food pantry provides... cereal, hamburger helper, macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables, pasta sauce, pasta, etc. Then try and find coupons and deals mainly on those items.
5. Lastly track your spending, so you don't get too hooked on getting a good deal to where you buy stuff you don't need. (Now buying stuff you don't need due to overage is less of a problem, especially if you have somewhere to donate it or someone to give it to.)
Have questions, let me know. I do local coupon matchups for Waukesha, WI so may be able to help. I am not an expert, but I do coupon regularly and deal hunt.
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Hi, I am new to the couponing that is going on in our world. I am starting to coupon because I want to help my church and local families who are struggeling to stay afloat. I really want to help get food and other supplies for them but not sure how. I have talk to my mother and my fiancee about doing this and they are very supportive about the idea. See last year one of the church members saw a teenage boy getting old food out of the dumpster at our church because he did not have any food to eat. I was very surprised by that and so we start a program during the summer to help feed children who would have went hungry other wise. The boy got food from the school during the school season through the free meal program but during summer and on break time he was on his own. I want to make sure that children like him have food during the summer. If anyone has any ideas to help me start that would be great. I don't get any high value coupons were I live and things that are on sale are items that don't always have coupons food. Any Ideas. Please
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