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Savings Made Sweet By Heather Brickell

Seven Steps to Sweet Success

To be an effective couponer and a savvy shopper, there are several important steps that you should follow. I have put together what I like to call Seven Steps to Sweet Success that will prepare even the newest of couponers for successful shopping trips!

1. Sunday Newspapers

Purchase at least 2 newspapers on Sunday. This will give you 2 like coupons if there is a Buy One Get One Free Sale at your store. The Tampa Tribune is only $1 on Sundays. That $1 that you spend will be worth hundreds of dollars in coupons each week.

2. Systems for Organization

Have a system of organization for all of your coupons. Once you start collecting coupons on a weekly basis, you will see just how many coupons that you can accumulate. Find a system that works best for you and go for it!

3. Set a goal for yourself

Start small with one store. Learn the store’s coupon policy and how to effectively use coupons there. Each week plan on saving just a few more dollars than you did the week before. Before you know it, you will become a savings a pro!

4. Stack coupons to maximize your savings

Many stores like Target and Publix have their own store coupons that you can stack with a manufacturer’s coupon to double your savings! The general rule of thumb for stacking is one manufacturer’s coupon and one store coupon per item purchased. Stacking is probably one of the easiest ways to start building a stockpile as

you are able to get items for Free or very inexpensive. Stacking is my secret weapon in couponing!

5. Start shopping the sales!

Scour the weekly ads and check out sneak peeks to your favorite stores. Did you know that many stores will post the next week’s ad as much as a week early? This is one of the best ways for you to get your coupons and shopping list together so that you have a plan of action.

6. Stockpile

Once you start couponing and searching for bargains, you will quickly see how easy it is to get items for Free and very inexpensive. If your favorite brand of pasta is on sale and you are able to get it for Free or very inexpensive with coupons, purchase as many boxes as possible and add them to your stockpile. A great stockpile is made when you gradually add items each week. Add specific items to your stockpile to last until the next sales cycle which is typically around 6 weeks.

7. Share

Once you start adding items to your stockpile, you will quickly realize that not only do you have enough items for you and your family to last for several months, but you will also be able to donate items to those in need and share with your family and friends!

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