Overheard In A Coupon Class: Week 5


Welcome to my new 2012 Series “Overheard in a Coupon Class“. Each week post about a commonly asked question, joke or funny story from my coupon classes. And I have TONS of material!

What about big box stores?

People ask me all the time what I think about Sam’s Club, Costco and BJs.  I think if you have a large family they are a great asset.  But they aren’t necessary and they don’t always give you the best deals.

One of my best blogging buddies has 7 kids and they do not use big box stores.  They have learned to shop the drug stores and grocery stores and stock up.

Between Zaycon Foods, shopping properly and meal planning I don’t think that the big stores are that useful.  I am not going to say they are never good for anyone but for the vast majority of people probably don’t need to pay an extra fee every year just to shop.

However if you still decide to shop, did you know that BJ’s accepts manufacturer’s coupons?  And they will allow you to coupon stack with their store coupons as well.  This can lead to some big savings.

So if you want a big box store, I recommend BJ’s.

So what do you think?  Do the big box stores save you money?

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Overheard In A Coupon Class Week 4


Welcome to my new 2012 Series “Overheard in a Coupon Class“. Each week post about a commonly asked question, joke or funny story from my coupon classes. And I have TONS of material!

What’s a couponing e-mail address?  I see you mention it on your site all the time. 

One of the biggest challenges of couponing is trying to keep your couponing information all in one place.  One way you can keep all your couponing stuff seperate from all your personal stuff is by creating a new e-mail address.  This way when you sign up for newsletters and samples all that information goes to one place.

Whichever type of e-mail you already use (aol, yahoo, gmail) just build yourself a new e-mail.  You could do something simple like couponinglaura@whatever so that you never confuse it with your regular e-mail.

By keeping everything in two different places you can keep your life and your couponing seperate!

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Overheard In A Coupon Class Week 3


Welcome to my new 2012 Series “Overheard in a Coupon Class“.  Each week post about a commonly asked question, joke or funny story from my coupon classes.  And I have TONS of material!

What tool do you use the most when you prepare to shop?

My Coupon Database.  I can type in my whole grocery list and find any coupons for the items I want to purchase.

Because I organize my coupons by insert and not by categories (it’s MUCH less time consuming) the database is a vital tool in me being able to prepare for my trips.  The database allows me to just type in the item I want and the location of the coupons just pops up.

A few minutes with my shopping list and a pair or scissors and I have everything I need for a successful shopping trip!

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Overheard in a Coupon Class Week 2


Welcome to my new 2012 Series “Overhead in a Coupon Class“.  Each week post about a commonly asked question, joke or funny story from my coupon classes.  And I have TONS of material!

How many stores do you go to every week?  Don’t couponing people run all over the place?

I usually go to two grocery stores.  I do one big couponing trip to one of our local stores that doubles coupons.  Then when my bananas go bad or I run out of milk I run into the store nearest my house.

As far as the drug stores go I usually just go to one every week- whoever has the best deals.  If there are good deals at two I will probably stop by both.

In total I probably spend about an hour in the stores during the week.

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Overheard in a Coupon Class Week 1


Welcome to my new 2012 Series “Overhead in a Coupon Class“.  Each week post about a commonly asked question, joke or funny story from my coupon classes.  And I have TONS of material!

One of the most common questions I get asked in class is “How many newspapers do you buy on Sunday and where you do you get them?

I get one paper delivered to my house- that is a MUST as you get better coupons in the paper than you do when you buy them.  On Thursday I always read my own post where I talk about how many inserts will be in the paper and see what is in them.

If I decide to grab additional papers I head to my local Dollar Store- they carry the paper for $1!  I ALWAYS double check to make sure the coupons are enclosed.

If I only want to get one extra paper sometimes I will stop at a gas station and grab the paper from the nearest big city (in my case Washington DC).  It usually has higher value coupons (although some of them may be products we don’t have here).  This gives me a bit of variety for my shopping trips.

I hope this answers a question you might have had!  Stay tuned for another great question next Friday!

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New 2012 Series: Overheard In A Coupon Class


In addition to my two new series (52 Books in 52 Weeks and De-Stress Yourself) I wanted to do one more series.

So every Friday in 2012 I will do a post about a commonly asked question, joke or funny story from my coupon classes.  In the last two years I have taught over 300 of them so I have LOTS of material!

All attendees will stay anonymous but there are so many valuable questions asked I want to be sure you guys can find out some of that great information as well!

Here’s to a year of funny and helpful stories!

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