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How to save $$$$$ on groceries and other items!

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  • Couponing 101How To Thrive in Today’s Economy Presented by: Helen Maddox founder of The Lifeboat www.thelifeboat.info
  • My Story2002 – Year of Challenge2010 – Launch of The LifeboatThe Lifeboat – www.thelifeboat.info Couponing 101 Action Plans for Assistance Mortgage Assistance Info Prescription Assistance Info Deals & Updates – signup for emails
  • Extreme Couponing – Joyce’s Checkout
  • Shopping Strategies• Shop the sales (coupons or no coupons)• Shop different stores for weekly deals• Postpone buying items until they are on sale• Buy item on sale and match with a coupon***• Buy multiples when on sale and match with coupons***• Shop deals at all types of stores – grocery, drugstore, Big Box stores, dollar stores
  • Where Do I Find Coupons?Answer: Where don’t you find coupons!
  • Paper Coupons• Newspaper/Magazines• Peelies/Blinkies• Mail• Store coupons/circulars• Catalina – print when checking out
  • Digital Coupons•Internet – MFGR Website - Facebook•Setup special email address for Deals•Register all Store & Restaurant Shopper Cards•Load/Print Digital Coupons
  • Store Coupon Policies
  • To Get Started….• Purchase, Acquire, or Recycle• Storage box, plastic container, or bag• Coupon organizer• Scissors or paper cutter• Computer with Internet access• Printer• To Do• Store shopper cards – acquire and register on their websites• (Kroger, CVS, Walgreens, etc.)• Register on Shortcuts.com and cellfire.com
  • Organization is imperative• Index Card Box• Coupon Folder• Couponizer• Coupon Binder• Organize:• Alphabetically• Section of store – frozen, dairy, cans, staples
  • Organizer – sections needed• Categories – sections of the store• Section for drug store coupons/bonus bucks/store specific coupons Ex: CVS – Extra bucks coupon• Kroger - $2.00 off – Kroger coupon• Section for restaurant/entertainment coupons & receipts
  • Each Week:• Buy 2, 4, or 6 (doubles) paper on Sunday• Pull coupon booklets (Redplum, Smartsource, Grocery Store, P&G, etc)• Write the dates on front of each booklet• Store in a container – most current on top (Don’t cut unless you need item now)• Pull out sales circulars for stores.
  • Time to shop! - 3 steps Step 1 - Scan circulars• Kroger/Publix/Food Lion• CVS/Walgreens/RiteAide• Target/Kmart• SmartSource/Redplum Proctor&Gamble circulars – cut coupons for regular purchased items/what you need this week/rebates/special orders only
  • Step 2 – Tools of the Trade http://www.couponmom.com/ http://www.southernsavers.com http://thecouponclippers.com http://moneysavingqueen.com (The Power of Coupons – Sarah Roe) www.wholecouponinserts.com Purchase coupons
  • Lookup Deals Couponmomhttp://www.couponmom.com/ (register) Choose Grocery Deals by State shop: (ex: Georgia - Kroger) Southern Savers http://www.southernsavers.comChoose Store and find this weeks list Scroll through and check items you would like to purchase. Print list.
  • Example of Printouts • Southern Savers • Coupon MomS or SS = Smartsource RP = RedPlum BOGO – Buy One Get One
  • Step 3 – Load and Print Coupons• From your printable list:• Click on links and Print coupons• Load coupons to shopper card (Cellfire, Shortcuts, Kroger.com)• Optional: Print lists of coupons that have been loaded to your card.
  • Step 4 – Clip Coupons • Work on clear surface • Layout printouts at the base of the table • Starting with most current date – pull coupon book and cut out coupons for each list • Write number of coupons clipped by each item
  • Step 5 – Shopping here I come!Put coupons with list in organizer pocket or coupons in sections in organizer Grab your purse & keys you are ready to shop!
  • Deal at Publix*Buy when item is on sale • Rotel – 2 for $1.40 (.70/ea) • Mfg coupon .25 • Double = .50 • Total • .70 - .50 = .20
  • Bump it up a notch Stack coupons!With Manufacturer Coupon total is: .20 a can Stack Coupons Publix coupon = .75 off 3 (.25).20 - .25 = Rotel is Free and you get credit of .5 towards another item!
  • Buy One Get One Deals (Publix) Buy One Get One = 2 for $3.68 .50 coupons (double) = $1.00Use 1 Mfg coupon per package = 2 coupons = $2.00 $3.68 – 2.00 = $1.68 (for 2 pkgs of cookies) Bump it up a notch - Stack store coupon $1.68 – 2.00 (2 store coupons/1.00) = 2 Pkgs of Cookies for FREE+ .32 that you get as credit towards another item!
  • Example of a Sweet deal!Kroger – Sweet Baby Rays Barbeque Sauce – Sale price = $1.00 Purchase coupons on www.thecouponclippers.com Sweet Baby Rays Barbecue Sauce on ONE 28 oz Available: 534 Value: $1.00 Handling Fee: $0.12 Ex: purchase 6 Coupons =.72 cents Purchase Price – $1.00 – 1.00 (coupon) = Free Total Cost of 6 Bottles = .72 cents!!! ***Stock Up – then you can also share with others*** See if there is a limit on number you can purchase.
  • First-Timers Gameplan!• Buy 2 Papers each week• Choose a store, go to website(s), select a few items and print list• Cut/print/load coupons for those items• Go to store and buy only those items• See your savings!
  • As you shop - remember• Limit impulse buying• Plan meals based on sales• Shop for what is on sale – 12 week sale cycle (track regular purchased items)• Stock up on yearly sales cycle items: Jan – Diet Foods May – BBQ items Aug – Back to school items April/Nov/Dec – holiday dinner items
  • To create a stockpile• Purchase multiple items at least 50% off• As stockpile grows purchase items at 75% off or greater and shop multiple stores – before you know it you will have a stockpile and have SAVED MONEY!
  • • 30 day trial – Lifeboat (promo code)
  • Savings Tip #2 – Drugstore Deals! • Scan circulars • Find coupons for items that are offering extra bucks/register rewards • Purchase those items – store extra bucks/rewards for next weeks purchases • Following week – shop for items that are offering extra bucks • Purchase those items with coupons and last weeks extra bucks.
  • CVS Deal• Colgate Total or Sensitive Cost = $3.79• Your out of pocket Cost = $3.79• ECBs Back to you = $3.79• Total = FREE!
  • Bump that deal up a notchColgate Total or SensitiveCost = $3.79Use $1 couponYour out of pocket Cost = $2.79ECBs = $3.79Total = Free toothpaste + $1.00 moneymaker
  • CVS P&G DealSpend $30 get $10 Extra Bucks• (2) Tide Detergent 20-32 loads $5.94 (2 X $2.00 coupon = $4.00 off)• (2) Dawn Dish Soap 94¢ (2 X 1.00 coupon = 2.00 off)• (1) Charmin Bath Tissue 9 rolls $4.99 (1 X $1.00 coupon = $1. 00 off)• (1) Bounty Basic Towels 8 pk $5.99 (1 X $1.00 coupon = $1.00 off)• (6) Puffs Tissues $1 (3 X .50/2 = $1.50 off) • Total = $30.74 - $9.50 = $21.24 • Extra Care Bucks given at checkout = $10.00 • Net cost = $11.24 (.93 each!!!)
  • Baby Items• Diapers – Buy on sale – stack coupons• (Ex: Publix sale – MFG + Publix Coupon• CVS – Sale – use extra bucks• Check for high dollar coupons: Target, BabiesRUs, RiteAide, eBay• Visit diaper, formula, food brand websites – signup – call for coupons• **Smaller packages with coupons
  • Pet FoodPet stores – ask about stacking policy and if they accept MFG coupons & competitors couponsEx: Purina coupon+ PetStore Coupon (coupon circulars)+ Competitor Coupon = SAVINGS!Idea: Buy smaller bags + stack = Low cost
  • Kroger – One of Many….Total = $149.80 - Spent $62.31 – got $83.49 free groceries!
  • Another Trip….
  • Other options!• Farmers Market Baskets (food Co-ops)• Local Farmers Markets• Food Banks• Food Pantries
  • Spead the Love!• Donate to local food bank• Out of work friends and neighbors – bags of food are a blessing!• Donate to Missions• Outreach – Congregation can work together to fill a need for a family/community/ a nation!
  • Ways to Save onEveryday Purchases
  • Freebies – Discounts – Trade - Recyle • FreeSampleFreak.com • Thunderfap.com • Manufacturer – register on website and call requesting coupons • Swap.com – swap everything! • Craigslist • The Freecycle Network http://www.freecycle.org/ • Atlanta Parent – Childrens Consignment Sales
  • Deals – by City• Restaurant.com – up to 80% off• – Performances at Half price Register on sites to get daily deals
  • Deal on livingsocial
  • Hotel Deals - Four Points bySheraton Sebring Chateau Elan • Rack Rate = $200.00 • Average Rate = $125.00 Secret on Hotwire.com After 10PM rates drop for next day rental We booked for $78.00 (got 2 nights at that price)!
  • Bonus Round!!!Holiday Shopping Hints!
  • Holiday Shopping Strategies• Shop now for deals – Oct/clothes,Nov/Electronics,Dec/Appliances• Use to create a visual gift list• Use Price Compare Websites: Pricegrabber.com Amazon.com Ebay.com Nexttag.com• Big Ticket Items – look every week at circulars and signup and check sites like Decide.com & Dealnews.com to track and purchase at the best price.• Price Match Policy – check local stores on their holiday policy to include Black Friday• Layaway – check prices throughout holiday season and ask for price match
  • Online Shopping• Ebates.com – rebate on items purchased at hundreds of online retailers• www.Priceprotectr.com – monitors if a item goes on sale and sends an email (good for purchase as well as getting refund if store policy allows)• Check online prices – hold out for free shipping - freeshippingday.com• CouponCabin.com – discount/free shipping codes for online retailers
  • Smartphone Apps Shopsavvy or RedLaser Load app on Smartphone Scan UPC code Compare prices Other Great Apps KeyRing- load shopping cards Coupon Sherpa GeoQpons
  • Buy Gift Cards at a discountGive as gifts or use to buy gifts that are on sale
  • Purchase Discount VouchersShop on eBay – type store name + coupons ex: Kohl’s coupons
  • Sum it up! (break up into tasks)1. Buy double papers each Sunday – pull coupon books, date, & store2. Scan circulars – note sale items to purchase3. Check websites to match coupon to sale items4. Clip, print, load, and/or purchase coupons5. Organize in binder/pull expired coupons once a month for military families: Overseas Coupon Project6. Shop the sales (coupons or no coupons)7. Shop different stores8. Stock up – and Share when you can!
  • Tell your friends about The Lifeboat www.thelifeboat.info Coupon Classes Church/Schools/PTA/Teams/Clubs Fundraiser option: 50/50 split with organization Email - helenmaddox@comcast.net Phone: 770-882-5570Can hold class anywhere – share the love!