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  • Then, in 2006, I started researching how to cut our grocery costs online and I haven’t looked back. I’m not going to lie to you – it does take time and effort. Once you get it all figured out and get a system that works for you in place, you can cut your grocery bill in half or more AND save time. With meal planning, lists, stockpiling items when they are their lowest price, you will find shopping to be a much more rewarding experience.
  • Grocery class.v2.0

    1. 1. Extreme Couponing in the Real World<br />BargainBriana.com<br />bargainbriana@gmail.com<br />Facebook.com/bargainbriana<br />
    2. 2. How Much Do YOU Spend? <br />According to the USDA, the average US family of four spends $771/month on a modest month. This means choosing store brand products and sticking to a list. More liberal spending plan, they are spending $994/month. If the family includes teenagers, the price goes up to $1,100 +<br />How much do you spend? Do you even know? <br />
    3. 3. $$$ Grocery Savings $$$<br />Grocery Store is the one store we have to shop at.<br />There is no magic number. Whatever works for YOUR family!<br />For every hour clipping coupons, shopping, unpacking = at LEAST $25/hour of savings.<br />Buy the best quality products at the lowest prices!<br />Save where you can, so you can spend where you want!<br />
    4. 4. Top Reasons People Don’t Use Coupons<br />Too much time<br />Remembering to use coupons<br />Juggling coupons at grocery store<br />No coupons for products I use<br />Coupons aren’t worth the time<br />Embarrassed to use coupons<br />Private brands are less expensive without the work<br />
    5. 5. Grocery Budget<br />Set a Monthly Budget for grocery<br />Budget will be different for every family<br />Doesn’t work, try a different amount<br />The longer you coupon the less your budget due to stockpiling<br />If you are saving money that you weren’t before, it IS working for you.<br />Cash Envelope System<br />
    6. 6. Use Coupons With Purpose<br />Don’t just use a coupon because you have one.<br />Combine with a store sale, store coupon, rebates, or other promotions to maximize savings.<br />Stockpile your most used items at the rock bottom price.<br />
    7. 7. Stockpiling<br />Why Stockpile? <br />Have needed items on hand<br />Will spend less buying it when at lowest price<br />Less trips to grocery store<br />When to Stockpile?<br />Sale cycles every 12 weeks<br />Holiday/Seasonal Sales<br />Spreadsheet/Grocery Price book<br />Instead of making a list each week with what we want – we shop the sale each make and build our menu based on what is in our pantry!<br />
    8. 8. What to Stockpile? <br />Items you use on regular basis<br />Ingredients for recipes in your main rotation<br />Item you will need in future<br />Seasonal/Holiday Items<br />Convenience items to have on hand for easy meals<br />Cleaning Supplies/Toiletries/Paper Products<br />Items you can donate<br />
    9. 9. Stockpiling Example<br />Shopper A: Buys a box of cereal at $4 a box each week for $24 total.<br />Shopper B: Buys 6 boxes of cereal at the rock bottom price of $1.25 and pays only $7.50.<br />Shopper B saved $16.50 by stocking up! <br />
    10. 10. My Stock up Prices<br />FREE ITEMS<br />Band Aids<br />Cough Drops<br />Deodorant<br />Shampoo/Conditioner<br />Toothpaste<br />Toothbrush<br />Razors<br />Milk - $1.99<br />Eggs - $0.88<br />Shredded Cheese - $1.50<br />Sour Cream – <$0.50<br />Cereal - $1.25 - $1.50<br />Cereal Bars - $1<br />Oatmeal – <$0.50<br />Bread - <$0.99<br />Dish Liquid - $0.25<br />Pasta/Sauce - $1<br />
    11. 11. Coupon Basics<br />Couponing Terms & Abbreviations<br />Where to Find Coupons<br />Coupon Fine Print<br />Types of Coupons<br />Store Policies<br />Organization<br />Before you shop, these are the things you need to know! <br />
    12. 12. B1G1 w/$1/1 q (3-1SS) & $1/2 IVC, earn RR, submit MIR (YMMV)<br />Confused? <br />
    13. 13. Common Coupon Terms<br />$X/X – Dollars or cents off when you buy X items<br />$XX/$XX – Dollars off when you spend X dollars<br />B1G1 = Buy 1, Get 1<br />ECB = Extra Care Bucks (CVS)<br />SS = Smart Source Insert<br />RP = Red Plum Insert<br />GM = General Mills<br />IP = Internet Printable<br />RR = Register Rewards<br />MIR = Mail in Rebate<br />FAR = FREE after Rebate<br />CAT = Catalina<br />OOP = Out of Pocket<br />WYB = When You Buy<br />YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary<br />Find a complete terms list: http://bargainbriana.com/15-days-of-couponing-day-2-the-language-of-couponers-translated/<br />
    14. 14. Where to Find Coupons? <br />Sunday Newspapers<br />Kokomo Tribune (less coupons but includes Red Plum Inserts), Indianapolis Star (Larger selection – No Red Plum Inserts)<br />Internet Printables<br />Coupons.com<br />CouponNetwork.com<br />RedPlum.com<br />SmartSource.com<br />Magazines (All You!)<br />In/On Packages<br />In Free Samples<br />Blinkies/Tearpads<br />In Store Brochures<br />Doctor’s/Dentist Offices<br />Recycle Bins<br />Fairs, Festivals, Conventions<br />Facebook<br />Twitter<br />Search for coupons in the Bargain Briana Coupon Database: http://bargainbriana.com/coupon-database/<br />
    15. 15. Coupon Database<br />http://bargainbriana.com/coupon-database<br />
    16. 16. Sunday Insert Coupons<br />SS = Smart Source<br />P&G = P&G Insert<br />
    17. 17. Coupon Fine Print<br />One Coupon per Purchase/per Item Purchase<br />If you buy one bottle of shampoo, you can use one manufacturer’s coupon for that bottle. If you have additional coupons, you have to buy another item to be able to use that coupon. You are not allowed to use two manufacturer’s coupon per item.<br />Example – $1/1 Coupon – Must buy 1 item. $1/2 Coupon – Must buy 2 items, $1/3 Coupon – Must buy 3 items, etc. <br />One Coupon per Customer/Family<br />This is rare but you will see this often on high value coupons. <br />One Coupon per Transaction<br />You are only allowed one coupon for this item for each transaction. This is to try to limit how many you purchase in a transaction. So, just make a few transactions whether in one trip or multiple trips to get around this.<br />Do Not Double<br />Language on a coupon that does not allow doubling. However, if the coupon starts with a 5 will double regardless (if the store allows doubles). If the coupon starts with a 9, it will not double.<br />Other Coupon Language/Exclusions<br />Valid only in certain states, stores, etc. <br />
    18. 18. Coupon Stacking<br />Manufacturer’s Coupon<br />Store Coupon<br />
    19. 19. FAQ: B1G1 Free Coupon <br />Can you combine a B1G1 Free Coupon with a $1/1 coupon? <br />When you are using a B1G1 Free coupon you have to buy X to get X Free – two items. In my opinion, this means you have to buy two items for this coupon to work. Therefore, you can not stack a coupon on top of a B1G1 Free coupon. <br />I<br />
    20. 20. FAQ: Do I have to buy X items if the sale is X/$X <br />My oldest son and I get into an argument every shopping trip about this particular point. If the ad states the price is 3/$4 so you have to buy 3 items? <br />In most instances, you do not. The price is really $1.33 each. You will still get this price by just buying one item. (Unless the ad specifies you have to buy 3 to get the price!)<br />
    21. 21. eCoupons <br />Cellfire<br />Kroger eCoupons<br />Meijer mPerks<br />Saving Star<br />Shortcuts<br />Upromise – Not take off your bill but “deposited” into your Upromise account<br />Most cannot be stacked with paper coupons<br />Limited to how many coupons you can use<br />Convenience<br />
    22. 22. eCoupon Comparison<br />
    23. 23. Upromise <br />eCoupons <br />Activate each month<br />Link to Store Loyalty Cards<br />Earn money on selected purchases<br />More ways to save! <br />
    24. 24. Coupon Disorganization<br />Not organized!<br />
    25. 25. Coupon Organization<br />Filer Method<br />File each week’s insert in an accordion file<br />Only clip coupons when needed<br />http://bargainbriana.com/couponizer<br />
    26. 26. Couponizer<br />I now use the filer method and supplement with the Couponizer.<br />
    27. 27. Couponizer<br />Use in conjunction with the filing method<br />Great for “loose” coupons such as printable, home mailers, etc.<br />Easy to transport<br />Durable<br />Fits in medium size purse<br />
    28. 28. My Coupon Keeper <br />
    29. 29. Other Organization Methods <br />Binder Method<br />File Box<br />Other ? <br />What works for YOU?<br />
    30. 30. Store Policies<br />Know the coupon and policies of the stores you are shopping<br />Keep copy of the official coupon policy with you while shopping<br />Coupon Policies can change often so look for updates<br />
    31. 31. Drug Store Game<br />Drug Stores such as CVS and Walgreens offer rich customer loyalty programs. <br />Stack coupons with Register Rewards/Extra Bucks to maximize your coupon<br />“Roll” Register Rewards and Extra Bucks to minimize your out of pocket costs<br />Stack with Store coupons<br />
    32. 32. Drug Store Comparison<br />CVS (BB Preferred)<br />Sunday – Saturday Ad<br />Extra Care Bucks with loyalty card<br />Limits on ECBs Rewards<br />Clip Free Coupons<br />Stacking Allowed<br />Coupon Center<br />Tip: Keep scanning card until it tells you no more coupons!<br />CRT = Customer Receipt Tape Coupons<br />Saving Star<br />CVS Advisor/Surveys for ECBs<br />CVS Green Tag: $1 every 4th Visit! <br />Walgreens<br />Sunday – Saturday Ad<br />Register Rewards <br />Register Rewards are limited per transaction<br />Stacking Allowed<br />Weekly Ad Coupons<br />IVC = Instant Value Coupons<br />AARP Discount Card<br />If you use 10 coupons at Walgreens, must have 10 items to use all coupons. Use cheap filler items to get to your number.<br />
    33. 33. “Roll Extra Bucks” <br />Transaction #1<br />Buy (5) Honest Tea @ $1<br />Use (5) $1/1 Printable Coupons from Recyclebank<br />http://bargainbriana.com/recyclebank<br />Pay $0 out of pocket<br />Earn $2 Extra Bucks to use on next purchase!<br />Transaction #2<br />Buy (1) Refresh Tampons @ $6.79<br />Use $1/1 Printable Coupon<br />Use $2 Extra Bucks from Transaction #1<br />Spend $3.79 out of pocket<br />Earn $6.79 Extra Bucks to use on next purchase!<br />
    34. 34. Grocery Store Comparison<br />Kroger<br />Thurs – Weds Ad<br />Loyalty Card<br />Doubles up to $0.50<br />Limits two identical coupons for doubling<br />Accepts Printable<br />No Free Printable Product Coupons<br />eCoupons: Kroger, Cellfire, SavingStar<br />Fuel Rewards<br />Meijer <br />Sunday – Saturday Ad (Kokomo area)<br />Thurs – Weds Ad (Indy)<br />No loyalty card required<br />Doubles up to $0.50<br />Limits two identical coupons for doubling<br />Accepts Printables<br />Stacking Allowed<br />Meijer Mealbox Coupons<br />mPerks<br />
    35. 35. Super Store Comparison<br />Walmart<br />Ads are sporadic<br />Price Matching (limits)<br />No Doubling (Some Test Markets)<br />Accepts Printable Coupons<br />Accepts Competitor Coupons<br />Accepts Catalinas<br />Walmart Coupon Policy: http://walmartstores.com/download/4730.pdf<br />Target<br />Sunday – Saturday Ad<br />No doubling<br />Stacking Allowed<br />Accepts Printables<br />Target Printable Coupons<br />Target Mobile Coupons<br />Buy X, Get GC promotions<br />Official Target Coupon Policy: http://bargainbriana.com/updated-target-coupon-policy<br />
    36. 36. How to Read A Coupon Match Up <br />
    37. 37. Print Your List<br />Select Your Items<br />Click “Add to My Coupon List”<br />Click Print Icon to Print List<br />Disable Pop Up if needed<br />
    38. 38. Print the List: <br />
    39. 39. Put it all Together<br />To Begin: Focus on 1-2 Stores<br />Save Inserts on Sunday<br />Go to BargainBriana.com<br />Grocery lists for Aldi, CVS, Kmart, Kroger, Marsh, Meijer, Target, Walgreens, Walmart, and more! <br />Print List<br />Clip & Print Coupons<br />Go Shopping<br />Save $$$$$<br />
    40. 40. Courteous Couponing<br />Do unto others<br />Do no clear shelves<br />Coupon Ethically<br />Use coupons as intended<br />Keep calm<br />HAVE FUN! <br />
    41. 41. Meal Planning Resources<br />Use Stockpile & Plan Your Meals Accordingly! <br />5dollardinners.com<br />Onceamonthmom.com<br />crockpot365.blogspot.com<br />
    42. 42. Special Offers<br />All You Magazine – 24 Issues for $30<br />http://bargainbriana.com/all-you-magazine-deal/<br />Couponizer - $19.95<br />http://bargainbriana.com/couponizer<br />Daily Email Newsletter + Updated 10 Days of Coupon Series Emailed<br />http://bargainbriana.com/about/subscribe-by-email<br />Grocery Class<br />http://bargainbriana.com/grocery-class/ Password: Cicero<br />
    43. 43. Bargain Briana on the Go! <br />Download the new Bargain Briana App for Android or Apple Products (coming soon) for instant access to blog posts, the coupon database, giveaways, free eBooks, and more!<br />Use the QR Reader on your smart phone or download the app via this link: <br />http://bargainbriana.com/bargain-briana-mobile-app<br />

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