I was approached by the people at Storage.com as to whether I am interesting
in couponing and if I would like to learn some of the trade secrets when couponing.
This is going to be a two part series with Kenneth McCall sharing his perspective
and the second part will be my top 20 blogs for saving with coupons.
I hope you find both of these posts informative.
Feel free to leave a comment and tell some of your big secrets when saving money with coupons.
Riding the Coupon Current
How to Save Money without Drowning in Paper Promises
If you subscribe to the adage that time is money, then extreme couponers that spend hours upon hours collecting and clipping may be spilling more from their wallets than they are saving. However, with a basic knowledge of the system, you can register significant savings on your family's food bill without having to wade through an endless flow of penny-pinching papers.
Here, we offer some simple tips for staying afloat on the coupon current.
Understand the ebb and flow of grocery prices.
Most Southern markets price their items on a six-week cycle (in the North, it's usually 10 weeks), with the cost of a particular item fluctuating between highest and lowest during that period. To maximize savings, you want to purchase an item at its best, i.e. rock-bottom, price -- in the coupon world, this usually equates to 40% or more off the sticker price. And you want to buy enough of that item to last your family for six weeks, at which point it will go on sale again. The easiest way to know when an item is at its lowest price is to watch the store ads and e-newsletters. You might also want to create a personal price book (or spreadsheet), which is a list of standard prices on the things
you most commonly purchase; referencing this guide, you'll be able to quickly tell if the price on an item is a good one.
Anchor your savings with coupons.
Ride the wave of coupon carriers.
Get onboard with the store's policies.
Buoyed by these simple penny-wise points, you're sure to be riding high on the current of coupons streaming into our current economy!
Kenneth McCall builds creative and innovative tools for customer seeking self storage units. Kenneth is a managing partner at storage.com which provides storage units in Cincinnati and in many other locations across the country. In his spare time he likes to get outside, ideally with a boat and waterskis.