Friday, October 21, 2011

SUYL-Couponing Tips

This week at Kelly's Korner her SUYL topic is Couponing. I LOVE to coupon!! When my husband and I decided to start trying to expand our family we knew I was going to stay home. That was going to be a blow to our income but we felt it was best for us. I started to look for ways to save money and couponing was one of them. I actually felt silly that I had never used coupons before...how much money could we have saved?? I now coupon weekly and here are a few of my tips!


  1. Find the cheapest paper in town, our Dollar Store carries the paper for .75 on Sunday compared to the large grocery store for 1.50. Buy multiple papers if the coupons are good for you
  2. Follow a couponing site. I follow Bargains To Bounty, it is a local Michigan woman so all of the sales apply directly to my local area.
  3. Plan ahead, a lot of stores put out their ad days before it starts, if there is going to be a good sale make your plan and get there early.
  4. Have a good organization system, it is easy to give up if it is disorganized.
  5. Try to use coupons during sales
  6. Look for stores in your area that doubles the coupons. Be careful though, some of the stores that double higher charge more for their products
  7. Join a coupon club, trade coupons with local families in your area.
  8. Sign up for www.coupons.com to print special offers
  9. Pay attention to expiration dates, most stores do not accept them after they expire
  10. Please don't be a shelf cleaner. Don't take all of the products left on the shelf, leave some for other people.
  11. Extreme Couponing on TLC is not realistic. Those stores make exceptions for the show, one woman is even being investigated for coupon fraud due to some of her activity on that show. 
  12. Please just be honest with couponing and help others. You don't want to deal with karma




For those of you who do not live in Michigan and are unable to use Bargains To Bounty as your saving site, check for your state HERE. It is a list of all the local coupon gurus for your area! I love couponing, feel free to contact me if you ever need help or have questions!

14 comments:

Jess said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You daughter is ADORABLE! I love couponing too and am the slightest bit obsessed. I'm a new follower:
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Kalyn Ernest said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you!! She is quite the little monster, don't let the looks fool ya! I love to coupon, or buy bulk. I just bought 40#s of chicken, it will arrive next week...now just to decide where to store it???

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm an avid couponer too and never started until I went on maternity leave. Couldn't believe the bargains I was missing out on!

Kalyn Ernest said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Katie-The cost of formula is outrageous! With the help of coupons, and sales, I actually didn't have to pay for formula until Eliza was 8 months old. Now that the coupons are expired and the prices have gone up I can't wait until she can drink milk!

Sharmaine said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

just came across your site!

beautiful baby girl!! :)

i have to say, i'm super bad at coupons!! but i do love arts and crafts. looking forward to see some inspiration on your site! love to ghost feet.. we may try it!

Kalyn Ernest said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks Sharmaine!! I do lots of crafts on here so I hope you enjoy them!

~*Nicole*~ said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

So glad I found your blog!! I am totally addicted now!! Your crafts are amazing and your daughter is beautiful!!

Kalyn Ernest said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks Nicole!! Glad to have you here!

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I coupon too..... I wish I could do it on a little bit larger of a scale but that's okay. It is amazing what you can save when you put the time into it. I am stopping by from the blog hop and am your newest follower! Would love for you to stop by mine when you get a chance. :)

www.ashley-mommyaworkinprogress.blogspot.com

the simple essentials said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

These are really great tips. I want to be disciplined enough to follow them all, but I think I am going to be realistic and start with about 4 of them.

Kalyn Ernest said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Start small, start with just one store, then add them on. Look for a coupon website for your local area, there are a lot of them out there. They practically do the work for you! If you ever have questions I would be happy to help.

Genia said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Newest follower via GFC, hope you'll take the time to follow back.

http://momoftwo2011.blogspot.com

I am a newbie to couponing too, and have actually started at Target since they take manufature + target coupons = SAVINGS! Also by using the Target Branded tote bags gives you .05 on each bag you use! PLUS getting the Target Debit Card gives you 5% off each time you use your card.

The Catholic Couponer said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

So true about the show! I read that one lady that was on a few weeks ago on the show the store "doubled" coupons but in real life they don't double (supposedly no one in that area does) I love to watch it but know I'll never be able to pull off what they do.

Found you from Kellys SUYL :)

thefreedeal said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am very new to couponing. Therefore, I needed to learn how to start couponing under real world conditions. It was a very helpful blog with lots of great tips. Great for anyone starting couponing!

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