Archive for the ‘Back to the Basics’ Category


Coupon Handbook Series Post 2

July 17, 2009

Coupon Sources:

  • Newspaper Inserts: This is the best source.  Don’t forget to ask friends and family members for their unused coupon inserts!
  • Internet Printables: Found on coupon websites, blogs, manufacturer sites, etc.
  • In stores: Check for coupon inserts by customer service desks, sales flyers or pharmacy counters.
  • Tearpads: Found near products in the aisles.  Grab a few coupons for a future sale if it isn’t on sale now!
  • Coupon Exchanges: Trade coupons with friends or find a coupon exchange online.

About the newspaper subscription…

Yes!  You DO need a newspaper subscription (or two!)  It’s cheap, and it’s totally worth it!  Here’s the kicker… not all newspaper coupon inserts are created equal!  If you are in the Chicagoland area, get the Chicago Tribune.  It has the best and the most coupons BY FAR!  A Three-day subscription can be just 50 cents a week with the proper coupon code!  For some reason, just the Sunday paper costs more.  Plus, I got a $25 gift certificate just for registering my subscription online!

If there is a fabulous coupon in the paper, or several coupons that you know you’ll use, go ahead and buy a few more copies of the paper that week.  It’s a small investment for a big return.

To get the Sunday Tribune for 50 cents per week, enter the coupon code 09JE at checkout


A Little Series

July 15, 2009

Based on a few suggestions/requests, I’m going to run a series of posts from my handbook.  Back to the basics!

How should I organize my coupons?

There are a few different options for organizing coupons, and ultimately, the decision is up to you to decide what works best for you.  I will give an overview of some of the more popular systems:

  • Coupon File: This is just a small coupon organizer that can be purchased at any grocery store/WalMart/Target type store for about $3.  There are several sections to divide coupons into after you’ve clipped them.
  • Insert File: Some people prefer not to clip all the coupons as they arrive, but rather write the date on the front of the inserts with a marker and store them as a complete insert in a file box.  Most websites that match a sale to a coupon will tell which insert the coupon was in, so you can then go clip the coupon you intend to use.
  • Here’s how I do it: I don’t like to file the inserts, because I find that I might find a hidden sale or clearance and then not have the coupon with me.  I use a coupon filer that I keep in my purse.  I keep high value coupons and things we use regularly in there.  However, I tend to have way more coupons than will fit in there, so I have a photo box that has many zipper bags to organize the coupons that I will only use if I have planned the deal in advance, such as most toiletries, household, medicines, etc.  Try to be as specific as possible so it’s easier to find them when you need them!