Monday Tips for Bust Moms: Coupons
by Jennifer Worthington Lower
In trying to save money, I have decided that I need to take advantage of coupons. The reason that I haven’t in the past is that I have found coupons cumbersome and inconvenient. I have tried and failed numerous times when starting this initiative because I would either take a spur – of – the – moment shopping trip with no preparation time, or I would walk out of the house without them.
I started really getting into it a few weeks ago and I thought I would share what has been working for me so far. First, I have to have prep time and a plan. It doesn’t always go over well with the rest of the family. One day as I was making my list, I was asked “Are your righting a novel, or what?” I happened to be rewriting the list according to department – jeez!
I take a look around the kitchen and pantry to see where we stand. Then I sit down and make out the list and then remake it according to the store’s layout. Then I organize coupons that I collect throughout the week from the paper and online. Everything goes into an envelope and into my purse with the store card with it. I always go to the store either Saturday or Sunday morning because getting there during the week is pushing it as far as time. I also like to get there before other people to avoid crowds and picked over merchandise.
Next, I buy according to what is on sale and what I may have found a coupon for. I am loyal to some brands. For example, I prefer a certain brand of diaper over the others. Luckily the diaper companies are really good at getting you coupons for their products, especially if you have an account with them. But, an example of changing it up according to sales and coupons would be my choice of milk. We buy two separate types because my son is lactose intolerant. We prefer organic or hormone free and luckily our store has their own organic brand, so that is what we buy for the family. l can’t always find an organic lactose free milk, so I will use coupons or go by sale price at that point.
The last thing that has really made this easier on me is having a master list on hand. I keep one on my smart phone and recently I have found an app for the store that I most frequent. It keeps my lists as I label them and the app organizes them for me according to department (YAY for my family! No more novels). It is also handy when I want to know if my store carries a new product that I am interested in. I just do a search according to “my store.”
This is the first time that I have been able to stick to this routine and I am telling myself there is no going back. I think that I will be successful this time and I am knocking on wood, as not to jinx myself. Wish me luck!