Hi there and welcome to my very first post in The Money Journal.
As mentioned in my Couponing to Be Debt Free in Hawaii blog post, I’d like to introduce you to Dana who is a fellow couponer. I follow Dana on Instagram and when I saw that she posted a haul pic one day, I just knew she was into couponing. I connected with Dana and had asked her if she would be willing to share her story on my blog on her experience with couponing.
I had asked her several questions related to couponing and read along to see what her responses are.
Hi Dana, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a stay at home mom with 3 children. Two boys and one girl. My sons are 9, 3 years old and my daughter is 12 months. I also homeschool my oldest son. I used to be a teacher at a childcare center before meeting my husband of 7 years. I am also hard of hearing and use a hearing aid. I am fluent in American Sign Language.
What state are you currently living in?
I live in New Jersey.
How did you get started with couponing?
I started couponing when the show Extreme Couponing aired. I wanted to build a good stockpile for my family.
How often do you coupon?
I used to only coupon at CVS weekly but now I started at Stop and Shop more often. My family includes my husband, myself and three children. Our food budget increased so we needed more groceries and Couponing helps keep it low price. I’m usually Couponing every week. I follow the deals online and plan my trip. I try to limit it to once a week.
Do you print coupons from coupons.com or do you just use the Sunday inserts?
No I don’t print coupons and never buy the paper. I order my inserts from a coupon fairy. I save money that way.
Best times to coupon.
Best time to coupon is when the sale starts or the first two days. Depending on what the sale item is, you best go early. There may be other couponers out there who are ready to catch the deals. As always if the item is out of stock, you should ask for a raincheck.
How do you stay organized with all of your coupons?
I stay organized by not clipping the coupons when I get my inserts. Couponing can be time consuming so best to only clip the coupon you will use when it’s on sale. Having a coupon binder is fine for beginners but after a while try to get the hang of just file and date your insert by the week it is from and leave it alone. Couponing should be fun and enjoyable to see how much money you can save!
Do cashiers ever give you a hard time when you use coupons?
Cashiers at the store that I frequently go to do not give me a hard time. Most of them have seen me and know that I use coupons. It’s important for when you coupon to have a good attitude and always remain friendly with the cashiers.
How much coupons do you use at a time when you do a deal?
I use as many coupons I can do or have available to get the best deal possible. You never want to misuse the coupon because It can be a fraud to use it illegally. It’s important to be educated on how to use the coupon. Some people like to have coupon buddies for support and/ or to tag along when shopping.
Any advice to share with others who want to get started?
I would tell new couponers to start with one store. It can be time consuming to coupon at multiple stores. It take time to build a stockpile. Do not worry about chasing all the deals. It will come around again.
Any recommendations on who to follow to learn more about couponing?
I recommend to follow Living Rich with Coupons Facebook page or website. It gives you the weekly deals and breakdowns of how the deals work.
Share one of the best hauls you did and what was the breakdown.
My best shopping trip was when I just started couponing few years ago. The deal was mustard priced at $1.00. I had coupons for .50/1 and I didn’t know that t would double to make it $1.00/1. I was so excited I got so many mustards for free! My family thought I was crazy for bringing home so many bottles of mustard. When it’s free you don’t sleep on that deal. You better run!!
I couldn’t say it better myself. When you see a good deal you better run!
Thank you Dana for sharing your experience with us!
Go on Instagram and give a shout out to Dana for being my first guest on The Money Journal.
Follow Dana at @mom2_3mk.
Do you want to share your story? Head on over to The Money Journal.
If you want to get started with couponing and learn how else you can save money, head on over to my Couponing to Be Debt Free in Hawaii blog post.
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