**First, my apologies to any of you who tried to join the “Live Chat” with me on Gather last week. The host of the chat was very ill and unable to be online. I will let you know when it gets rescheduled.**

I know I have talked about this information before, but I do believe it’s often helpful to go back and review the “basics.” So, for this week I’ve compiled a “beginner’s guide to couponing.”

In today’s economy, saving money wherever possible has become an essential for many people.  Grocery prices continue to rise and yet incomes are not.  However, good prices are available if you take a few minutes each week to plan your shopping. In fact, I routinely save 40-50% on groceries each month by using the simple methods outlined below.

In my experience, there are two main things you can do to really stretch your grocery budget.

1)      Stock up on non-perishable items when they are on sale so you never have to pay full price for them.  Sales are usually on an 8-12 week cycle, so purchase enough to get you through 12 weeks if possible so you are not paying full price in between sales

2)      Save coupons and look for printable coupons to add to the sale prices to provide you an even bigger discount.

There are many more tips that help but focusing on those two is a great start.

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Before we start, here is a list of acronyms commonly used:

BOGO – Buy one, get one free

SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)

RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)

Many people ask me where I find coupons. There are many sources that I will list below:

-The Sunday Newspaper. Almost every week, aside from a holiday weekend, there will be coupon inserts in the paper.

-Many manufacturers will have printable coupons on their websites.  If they don’t, email them and ask them for coupons. Many times they will send you a nice batch of coupons in the mail!

-Look for “blinkies” in stores – these are the coupons that are in a dispenser on the store shelves next to the products

-Look in magazines. Walmart’s All You Magazine is a great one for coupons - http://www.allyou.com/

-Many mid-week papers have coupon inserts as well. Locally the “Forum” and “Jewish Journal” both have coupons that come out on Wednesday.

-Publix has several magazines that usually have coupons in them. I suggest subscribing to them (they are free) as the store copies don’t always have the coupons.

Publix Greenwise - http://publix.com/wellness/greenwise/feature/Home.do

Publix FamilyStyle - http://publix.com/clubs/familystyle/Home.do

Publix Wine Guide - http://publix.com/clubs/wine/Home.do (They often have coupons for cheese or other items are commonly paired with wine).

In addition, if you qualify, sign up for the following:

Publix Baby Club - http://publix.com/clubs/baby/Home.do

Publix Preschool Pals - http://publix.com/preschool/NonMemberHome.do

Many stores will have extra coupon booklets that come out through the year. Always check their sales flyer areas to see if they have any available.

Product Demonstrations:  If you see someone demonstrating/sampling a product you use, ask if you can take a few coupons, when coupons are offered.  Since I am a product demonstrator, I know that we are usually given far more coupons than we need.

All You Magazine August Coupon List – Bargain Briana has been kind enough to provide a list of coupons that will be in Walmart’s All You Magazine for August.  You can check it out here to see if you want to stop by and pick up a copy. I believe it retails for $2.49 per issue if you buy it at Walmart, but you can get a subscription for $1.66 per issue here.  However, I will tell you that sometimes the subscription version has less coupons than the newsstand version.

Walmart Deals – Iheartthemart.com has put up the best deals from Walmart this week. You can find those here. Also, Walmart has started offering double coupons as a “pilot program” in certain areas. IHeartTheMart has more information on that here. There is also a link on there to sign a petition asking Walmart to continue this program company-wide.

For local calendar events:

For Delray Beach, click here.

For Boynton Beach, click here.

For Boca Raton, click here.

 

Now, on to the deals this week!

Know the Lingo BOGO – Buy one, get one free SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

Whole Foods:  Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.

Publix Greenwise:  Click here for their weekly ads.

Many thanks to IHeartPublix for their great tips on shopping at Publix!

For Publix “super deals” for 8/18/11-8/24/11, please click here. http://www.iheartpublix.com/index.php/2010/09/super-deals-starting-99-98-for-some/

For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups 8/18/11-8/24/11, please click here.

For Publix ongoing sale list, please click here.

For Publix Advantage Buy Flyer sales, please click here.

Renita's Favorite Money-Saving Sites

http://www.simplycvsshopping.com/

http://www.specials.publix.com

http://www.iheartpublix.com

http://www.iheartwags.com

http://www.iheartcvs.com

http://www.cvsdeals.gather.com

http://publixpennypincher.blogspot.com

http://www.southernsavers.com

http://frugalityisfree.com

http://getadealdude.com

http://claimsqueen.com/

http://www.thesimpledollar.com

http://www.iheartthemart.com

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Renita is a resident of Palm BeachCounty, and author of “Wow! You Saved How Much?” For more information, visit her website athttp://wowyousavedhowmuch.com.

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