By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget
I had stepped back from the weekly “sales and deals” chatter that many frugal bloggers are known for because the content was extremely time-sensitive and time-consuming, while not resulting in a lot of page views here on Monroe on a Budget. My readers were more interested in overall discussions such as how to coupon.
That being said, if you are a couponer or savvy shopper, or looking for a high-impact occasion in which to apply those techniques, this is a week when you really want to sit down with the Sunday paper ads and coupon books and take the time to plan your purchases.
Even just a little bit of planning can save you a BUNCH of money on routine supermarket and drugstore purchases.
First, this is the week before the Super Bowl, which traditionally means promotions like crazy aimed at party hosts. You’ll also do well to think ahead to the Daytona 500 parties or any other late winter / early spring social events that are on your calendar.
Second, there are deals that coincide with this week’s issue of the Proctor and Gamble BrandSaver coupon book even while the previous P&G coupons are still in date. That gives you even more choices for sale matchups.
Here’s what you need to do:
- If you don’t have home delivery, go buy a Sunday newspaper. Here are the Monroe News’ newsstand locations. Consider getting two or three different papers depending on what cities where you are likely to shop. Those coupon books in addition to the sales fliers will be the key to saving money this week. Just remember to inspect a single copy sales paper for the coupon books; or ask the clerk to make sure the newspaper has the coupons.
- Before you go shopping, inspect the offers in MORE THAN ONE sales flier! I thought I knew what stores I was likely to shop at this week, and then I saw what else was going on. I have all the sales fliers that got my attention set aside for another look through, which I will do after my coupon box is updated.
- Use the Price Book method to compare prices. (I explained pricebooking a few months back and have started to use this concept.) Most of the sales fliers this week have actual pricing and sizes listed; and for additional reference points you can look at the receipts of your most recent purchases.
- This week’s offers include a Kmart double up to $2 coupon promotion this week. While the rules on the Kmart double coupon specials are quite strict, the best way to make good use of it is have as many high value coupons as possible clipped and sorted into your coupon box or coupon binder.
- Do not shop at any supermarket or drugstore this week until you have the coupons filed, clipped, sorted, downloaded or whatever you do to have them ready to give to the checkout clerk. There are four coupon books in my home delivery edition of The Monroe News and that’s very good when most weeks we would see two or at most three books.
- Have a shopping list with the deals you want to follow up on, but be prepared to make alternative decisions on the spot.
- Be strategic about stockup purchases. One multi-package of paper towels might last me six months, which is certainly well into the summer promotion cycle. As a result, I don’t take up the space on my shelf with five packages! Even during the promotions, I buy only what is a reasonable amount for my family for the coming weeks.