don't sweat the small stuff.
back in the saddle again.

cheap tricks.

I am a novice when it comes to couponing but I think it's safe to say that I am hooked! There is something so satisfying about buying so much for so little money. I wish I had more time to devote to this new hobby of mine, but alas I have to work to make money to save it. Now for some tips...

I first did my research online. My cousin sent over some sites that helped her with her couponing. These are the ones I like:


Krazy Coupon Lady

Freebies 4 Mom

Now where can I find coupons?

1. Your Sunday paper. Your Sunday newspaper has your local grocery store ads, pharmacy ads, other ads. I use these to compare prices. You will also find coupon inserts from Smart Source, Red Plum, and P&G (Procter & Gamble). Remember that if there is an upcoming holiday, there are no coupons. My local Sunday paper costs $2.50, but I can buy it from the Dollar Tree for $1.00. This past weekend, I bought 2 papers. Score! :)

2. Lots of coupons here. You can print twice from every computer.


4. Red Plum.

Once you've collected and cut your coupons, it's time to organize. In the past, I have cut and organized coupons using envelopes but this time, I used a binder method. Because a binder means I am serious this time. :)

This is how I organize my coupons:

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I just used a spare 3 ring binder, plastic dividers, and baseball card inserts. I bought all these things at WalMart so starting was relatively inexpensive. I labeled each tab according to the way the grocery store is organized. I prefer to see all the coupons organized this way because I can easily flip through every section to find what I need. I left the binder at home while I shopped but I didn't like that very much. I forbid my husband from buying frozen vegetables because I left the coupon at home. From now on, I am taking this puppy with me.

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Happy couponing, my friends. Hope all the money you save goes to scrapbooking supplies! :)