What a lot of new parent’s discover is that most of their money is being spent on diapers. Diapers can be expensive at times, and with the state of this economy right now makes keeping a budget even harder. But what can you do? Getting diapers are a necessity to your baby.
Next, I separate the coupons that I want to keep from ones I don’t. The coupons I’m keeping go right into the notebook, in order. I put the coupons that I won’t be using into an envelope. You can choose to swap or give away those coupons to friends or neighbors, or you can sell them on eBay.
Let’s start with coupons. How many places do you look for coupons? Is the Sunday paper the extent of your search? True, there are many coupons in those weekly flyers, and many papers print things such as “Save $106.87 with today’s coupons!” But are you beginning to find fewer and fewer coupons you can use?
First of all setup a system. Spend just a few minutes every week glancing through newspaper inserts and other places that are likely to have a lot of IM Deals. Cut out the coupons that you think you might use and put them in a shoebox or some other container. Once you’ve found all the coupons for the week, separate them out and group them by category. Next you want to mark all of these groups with their own id note card. You can be as specific or as general is you want in this labeling system.
Once you have found and printed off all the grocery coupons you will be using, organize them. Don’t wait until later when you are making your grocery list. Staying organized will allow you to know what kinds of coupons you have. It will also make it easier to locate and use them when you are making your trip to the grocery store. Place them in an accordion style coupon organize that lets you label each section. Make sure to have a miscellaneous area for coupons that do not fit any of the labels.
I recommend that you establish a routine. Each Sunday, after church, I head for the store to pick up my Sunday paper. Since I only get Sunday’s paper, it is more economical for me to pick one up, rather than have it delivered.
You might be surprised how easy this can be. You see, retailer know that it is much less expensive to maintain a loyal customer than it is to gain one from scratch. So when a retailer sees the opportunity to gain a loyal customer… they will rarely pass on the opportunity.
As an added benefit, you are doing your job in helping the environment. By only printing the coupons you want, you save thousands of trees from being needlessly cut down. Saving money and saving the environment at the same time; what could be better?