Basics

In general, most stores will allow the use of 1 manufacturer coupon and 1 store coupon, especially Publix, Walgreens, CVS and Target.  Often this is referred to as stacking coupons and often how you find the best deals and FREE stuff.

5 Steps to Getting Started

1. Start saving the Sunday inserts and buy multiple copies of the paper to get more coupons.  By having more than one coupon for a product, you can take advantage of many BOGO deals.  Having multiple coupons also allows you to stock up when the items are at the lowest price point, saving money.  Most items go on sale every 6-12 weeks, some more frequently, some less frequently.  Buy enough to get you through 2 months to start.

2. Plan ahead.  Browse this site and others to check out the match-ups.  Pull/clip your coupons in advance and work from a list.  It will make life MUCH easier once you are in the store.

3. Start off small.  At first it is overwhelming to try and get all the deals.  This will take time and experience.  You will learn what cashiers are better with coupons, what stores are easier to work with and how you handle handing over coupons to the cashiers.  I would NOT recommed just handing them a big stack, you will almost always lose out on some coupons (they get stuck together, machine doesn’t ring it, etc).

4. Start saving what you can.  When I first started, I was happy to save 20-30% (or anything for that matter).  Yes, you see our site and others routinely saving upwards of 70%, but also remember we have been doing this for a while.  We have LARGE stockpiles to work from at home and often do not need to buy groceries, we only buy what is on sale that we need to stock up on.

5. Have Fun.  The thing I enjoy most about couponing is that it is a hobby for me.  Yes it started as a way to save money on groceries, but soon my competitive spirt took over and now I enjoy the “hunt.”  I love being able to bring you items that you can get for free or really cheap!

If you have questions, send me an email southfloridasavings @ gmail .com (remove the spaces).

FAQ

  1. Where do you find the coupons? Many places, but first and foremost the Sunday paper.  I would recommend you purchase one Sunday paper for each person in your house and round the number to an even number (better for BOGO sales).  You can also print coupons online from manufacturers, stores and coupon sites. Finally, look for coupons wherever you go. Coupons are placed in displays in stores, store kiosks, next to products, on products or in the weekly flyer.
  2. The coupons are not for things I buy, How can they help me? The best way to start out is to use the coupons for the things you are already buying.  If you do not see coupons you can use in the paper, you may be able to find them online or at an in-store display.  Do not be discouraged, believe me there is almost a coupon for everything out there (even produce and meat).
  3. Do you cut all the coupons? No, I only cut coupons using the following rules: 1. Items I normally buy. 2. Items I would buy if they were cheap or free. 2. Items that my extended family or friends use. 3. Items that I donate.
  4. How do You Organize the Coupons? I use a three ring binder and base-ball card sleeves.  I also know people that use expanding dividers.  Use whatever you think would make finding the coupons easy.
  5. I have no time for this…it must take hours, right? You can coupon and still achieve a significant savings with a minimum time commitment.  The trick is simply to buy things when they are on sale, with a coupon and stock up.  Even if you just coupon for personal hygiene products, I KNOW you will save a small fortune.  Plus once you catch the hang of it, it will get much easier.
Coupon Terminology

oop – out of pocket

BOGO – Buy One, Get One Free

Blinkie’s – coupon’s in the stores- usually a red box with red flashing lights

q – coupon

manu – manufacturer coupon

ECB – extra care bucks – CVS’s reward program (click here to sign-up)

RR – Register Rewards – Walgreens reward program

FSM – Family Style Magazine (publix- click here to register)

$1/2 (and similiar) First number is the dollar amount you save, the second is the number of items you are required to buy on the coupon.

Peelie – Coupon found on a prodcut

RP – RedPlum Coupon Insert

SS – SmartSouce Coupon Insert

PG – Proctor Gamble Coupon Insert

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