Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Couponing in Arizona Made Easy

How to Make A Coupon File Box

I get asked all the time, how I do my couponing. I was going to type up how I organize my coupons, but then I found another money saving blogger, Southeast Texas Deal Seeker, who already had posted how to do it on her blog with pictures. Click here to see how she does it.

I do the exact same thing but I use a larger file box. Every Sunday I place the coupons in a file folder and record the Sunday they came and which inserts were included. I place all my printable ones from the Internet in files with the source listed, so I know where to find them as well.

PG- Proctor and Gamble
SS- Smart Source
RP- Red Plum

I also use this Pinching Your Pennies link to know when to toss the old inserts that have expired. The link is for Arizona couponers only.

Each week I post the grocery deals for each grocery store. Look in the right column under the follow me on twitter button under Labels. I list the deals for 6 grocery stores. They are listed as "Grocery: ..." I list the Sunday Paper date and the insert for the coupon needed.

Coupon Basics for Tucson

Safeway, Bashas, and Frys double coupons taking up to $1 off everyday!! Translation: If you have a coupon for .25, they take off an additional .25. If you use a .65 coupon, they take off an additional .35. The only exception is if the coupon or printable coupon states DO NOT DOUBLE.  Check the ad for current coupon promotions.  Right now every coupon under $1 is worth $1 at Fry's.

Pair coupons with sales items to get amazing deals.

Pinching Your Pennies is a free website that lists weekly deals with coupons. Click on the current list. I love that they give the deals STAR ratings. You know that 4 or 5 stars is a great deal.

If you live outside Arizona, click here to see the deals listed by other States!

Click here for information on organizing and couponing in Arizona. 

Want to Increase Your Couponing Savings even more?

If you are wanting to seriously coupon, there are websites that charge to see a more intense list of coupons matched with what is on sale. Couponsense is the most used here in Arizona. They have a more comprehensive list for the serious couponer. They teach you how to combine online loadable coupons with manufacturer coupons to get even better deals. Right now they have a promotion for those who want to try it. $4 for the first month and $15 each month after. You can cancel at any time.  

I think I save at least $15 extra each week using Couponsense than I did using Pinching Your Pennies.
I also saved so much time using Couponsense.  Before I was copying and pasting each individual deal I wanted to use from Pinching Your Pennies to make my list.  Then, I'd go by each deal and cut out the individual coupons.  Couponsense cut at least 2-3 hours off my couponing last week.  You click on the deals you want to use, it generates you a shopping list per store and a coupon cutting list that tells you that from this specific Sunday insert, you need these coupons for your deals.  I'm LOVING this.

If you choose to try Couponsense, use the promo code:  enjoy the savings

Select Referred by friend and enter Stephanie Ashcraft.  It should show Andrea VanHorn as your instructor.  She lives here in Arizona and is one of the top 10 couponers in their company.

Newspaper Subscriptions 

AZ Daily Star- $4.30 per month for Sunday paper. www.azstarnet.com
AZ Republic- Multiple Sunday Papers available. More expensive. More coupons.https://subscribe.azcentral.com/circpromos/promopages/pinchingyourpennies.php
AZ Republic- $1 per week for 1 Sunday paperhttps://subscribe.azcentral.com/circpromos/promopages/2010_deal_blogger.php

Printable Coupon Sources


There are so many ways to get coupons. 

Lately I realized that I am using more printable coupons than coupons from the Sunday paper. You can get printable coupons from so many sources for pretty much everything you need for your family. FYI-Most of these websites reset their coupons and add coupons at the beginning of each month. Some even reset coupons on the 15th so you can print them again.

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