Taking the Sting Out of Grocery Shopping

Keeping Coupons Handy

"I bought a 4" x 6" index card box and blank filing guides from the office supply store. I file coupons by their approximate location in the store I shop at most often, and also keep a small calculator and pen in the box. I have lots of categories, which is a pain when filing but makes it easier when I'm trying to locate a coupon. I am able to save $10 to $15 weekly and sometimes more. I keep a smaller accordion file in my purse to keep coupons for items such as diapers, baby wipes, stores in the mall, cosmetics, etc. That way when I'm running errands at the drug or discount store I have them with me."
-iVillage member

Using Expired Coupons
"Most major grocery store chains will accept expired coupons up to one year old. I went to buy something at a Midwest grocery store with a coupon, and as I was handing it over I realized it was expired by six months. I went to take it back, but the cashier informed me that they take them for up to a year because it takes the store that long to organize and get their refund from the manufacture. Now I don't hesitate to ask the store anymore."
-iVillage member

Sharing the Coupon Wealth
"Our local libraries have baskets for coupons, where you can add your extra coupons and take out ones you need. We also started share baskets in PTA rooms throughout the area. Even some of our doctors' offices are doing them now for baby products."
-iVillager

 

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