Monday, June 1, 2009

Couponing Outline

"Couponing" Class
My sister is teaching a class on "couponing" this month. She asked me to come and teach the first class on the basics of "couponing". Here are the outlines I prepared. I thought I'd share them with all of you.
Just click on the picture to see it full size.
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If you're interested check it out...

I'd like to know if you'd like to hear me go into more detail on my blog???
If you are leave a comment and let me know which part or parts you'd like to read more about!
((I didn't mention CVS or Walgreens because she's covering that in the next class.))
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If you're already a couponer and see something I'm missing...
let me know that too. I'll throw it into my outline!
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Thanks so much for previewing it for me!!! Wish me luck tonight...
At least this is something I can talk for hours about!

6 comments:

Steph said...

I have only been couponing for 5 months so I am always eager to read what more experienced couponers have to say! Could you give me more info on coupons for the troops? Thank you! And best wishes tonight!

PS - just my little 2 cents about the whole coupon thing. Make sure to encourage them to give it more than a one time trip to the store try. My friend gave up after only a couple of weeks. It took a couple of months for me to really get the hang of it and build up enough of a coupon supply that I could match things to the sales ads. I read some where to commit to the coupon lifestyle for 8 months before evaluating if it was worth it or not.

Megan said...

Thanks Steph. I usually tell others to try it for at least 3 mo. but 8 is even better. I'll make sure I mention that tonight, it is very important!

I will post info on sending to the troops soon!

Glad couponing is working for you so far!

Elizabeth said...

Looks good to me Megan. I admit I've gotten away from coupons over the years, because I started finding that it was often cheaper to just buy the generic brands. But it seems that with the coupons online and all that, it might be worth my while to start using more coupons again. I'm wondering...do you shop at Aldi's? I've found that just shopping at Aldi's for everything that I can get there, has reduced my grocery bills by a bit. Is there something I'm missing here, as it appears neither you nor Stephanie mention it much? I'd love to hear more, as I am working on getting life more organized again, all of these kinds of things are helpful to me.

Sarah said...

Elizabeth, I am sure Megan will do a good job of explaining this too... but, Aldi's is a decent place to shop when you can't find a certain item on sale w/ coupon, and you need it now! I shop Aldi's MAYBE once a month, I usually get trash bags, some canned veggies, etc. Not much though. Because I often spend MORE at Aldi's then I do at Kroger and Meijer!

You can do well at Aldi's but you can do even better shopping the sales at Meijer and Kroger along with your coupons. Like you can get cereal MUCH cheaper this way, dairy items, boxed items, etc... For example this week at Meijer, I can get Chex mix FREE with the sale and the coupon from the sunday paper. I am going to get Mrs. Dash seasoning super cheap, Bisquik cheap, etc. And these are things I could not get so cheap at Aldi's, thus saving more money.

Megan I know has done the same thing I have, we used to shop exclusively Wal-Mart and Aldi's. I used to spend about $200. And without having much in the cupboards week to week. Now I spend $70 (for everything, diapers and food, cleaning items and make-up) AND I have such a stockpile of items, I am always trying to figure out how to reorganize to make more room!

It is worth trying for a while! I used to do coupons at Walmart and dropped it because it was just easier to buy generics. But know knowing that I can get name brand for super cheap (if not FREE!), I do the little bit of work it takes to shop 2-4 store and use coupons!

Hope you give it a try!

Megan, I hope things went well for you tonight! Hope you had fun!

Becky said...

I would love to learn more about coupons! I have been really wanting to start using them, but have been really hesitant. Where can I use them? When/where/how do I know when places will double them? What do things like MM or MQ stand for? When the coupon says, "Limit one per customer," what exactly are they limiting? One coupon per transaction? One coupon per one of those items? I want to know it all, so I won't be so intimidated in starting the whole process!

Megan said...

great question Becky,

I will post Mon. answering several of your questions!

thanks for asking!

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