Saturday, December 27, 2008

Extra! Extra!

Just a head's up for anyone endeavoring to begin this hobby of couponing-tomorrow's Sunday paper is reportedly the biggest one of the year for coupons. I've been told that you will want 5 of them, so buy one, check it out, and then buy the appropriate amount of papers. *Before you buy a billion papers, go through one to see the total value of coupons-Remember, I'm new at this and am only reporting what I've heard about this Sunday's paper.*
Also, this site-the Grocery Game is an awesome resource! Using an extensive database, they track a 12-week cycle of coupons and prices. Each week, they post lists of all of the stores in your area and their sales and correlating coupons. It is a very comprehensive list that tells you what items are on sale, for what price, what coupon to use with it, the final price, and a percentage of sales. They are color coded so that you know how good the price is. If it is green, it is FREE. If it is blue, it is considered a 'rock-bottom' price and you should stock up now. Black means that it is a good price, but buy it only if you need it now. This is immensely helpful because it does all the work for you. Your grocery lists are made up itemizing your coupons and prices per store. It even tells you where to find each coupon. Couldn't be easier. It is a subscription service, but they offer a 4-week trial for only $1 total. With the trial, you can select every store they offer in your area. (I selected 7!) They are very clear about when you need to cancel or modify your subscription to avoid being charged again once the 4-week trial is over. This is totally worth it! Even if you don't subscribe beyond the trial, it is worth getting a feel for the process and identifying the best prices in your area. In short, if you want to coupon, do this almost-free trial to learn the ropes. If you find it worth it, subscribe to one or more stores beyond that. There are other sites (see my sidebar) who do similar services for free, but I haven't found anything as comprehensive or clearly laid out as this one.
If you sign up, be sure to use my email as a referral! Jessietaylortanner@yahoo.com.
Happy clipping!

9 comments:

Jill said...

Thanks for the heads-up, I better write myself a note so I will remember to go buy a Sunday paper.

Hannah said...

I signed up per your recommend earlier and it is pretty awesome. It looks like there aren't nearly the savings you get without the doubling etc, but at the same time, a lot of savings. I am sure I will have lots of questions :)

lelly said...

i wish i was organized enough to take advantage of coupons and in store promos.

we only have Lowe's Foods here. well, that and a dirty-ish Food Lion. so, Lowe's it is, for me.

(hey... maybe you could just give me the Lowe's Foods lowdown?!?) although, we have a brand new Harris Teeter not too far away...

michelle said...

Huh. Maybe I will actually buy a paper tomorrow?

FrugalThis said...

are you sure its this Sunday? I bought by Weekend Paper and it's just the P&G coupons. I was told NEXT Sunday would be there would be 5 coupon inserts

katie said...

I just checked my Sundays paper and I only have one insert as well. I love coupons ever since I lived in Oregon, it is different here.

I believe it is next Sunday that is the big paper. I think it is almost time for Albertsons to do another quaker sale.

Susan said...

I really don't think I can do this.....but it makes me think all of the time that I should be sending you any coupons that I see!

Should I alert Rita?!!

paws said...

Thanks for the tip! I'm excited to give couponing a try, so I'll check out that website dealy. Or is it a dealy website?

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