Top Five Things Couponing is NOT: First Two

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016

5 things couponing is NOT

Here are my tips of the week as featured on Good4Utah today. Today I went over the top two things couponing is not. Make sure to tune in next Thursday for the other three! And check back here every day for all the other great deals you can score.

Plus, make sure to enter to win a $300 espresso and cappuccino maker!

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There are so many myths out there about couponing. Hopefully this helps put some of those to rest. So here are my top five things couponing is not.

  1. Couponing does NOT cost a lot to get started! I get asked all the time how much money is needed to get started. The answer is a huge NONE! You can get started with zero out of pocket. Or, if you are ready to jump in with both feet you can subscribe to the newspaper. Which is crazy cheap right now.
    1. You can get the Deseret News and/or Salt Lake Tribune (Sunday only subscription) for an amazing price! How amazing? Right now it’s only $20 per year! That’s only 38¢ per issue!! If you’d like to subscribe just click this newspaper order form and fill out the info. It’s as easy as that.
  2. It does NOT need to be extreme couponing! This is not doomsday prep people. Buy what your family will use for three or four months and call it good. There is no need to stock up for the zombie apocalypse.


The #1 Coupon Mistake I See People Make

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016

Deals of the Week

Don’t forget to check out the list of match ups check out our Grocery Store Match ups list.

I get asked a lot how to make coupons work best for you and to get things for such great deals. Since learning how to use coupons I have cut my grocery budget by more than 60%. It’s so much easier than you think! So I’m going to tell you the #1 mistake I see beginning couponers make and how to fix it.

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The number one mistake I see is not using coupons on sale items! This is not going to help bring down your grocery budget overall. When you get a coupon for a product you love it’s really tempting to run to the store and put it to good use. But don’t do it!

Instead, wait to use your coupon until the item goes on sale. This is how you are going to make the most of your money and get the best deals! Let me show you an example.

Let’s say a box of cereal is regularly priced at $3.89. You get a coupon for $1/1. If you run to the store and use your coupon right away you drop the price to $2.89. Not bad, but you can do so much better! If you wait a few weeks, the cereal will likely go on sale. The price often drops to $1.50 or so with a sale. If you use your coupon now you will pay only 50 cents per box. HUGE difference!

Regular price = $3.89
Regular Price with coupon = $2.89
Sale Price = $1.50
Sale Price with coupon = 50 cents

Want even more coupon tips? Check out all of our coupons 101 posts! And feel free to ask any questions in the comments or shoot me an email to jacki@mamasonadime.com.

Plus, don’t forget you can now get the Deseret News and/or Salt Lake Tribune (Sunday only subscription) for only $20 per year! That’s only 38¢ per issue!!

If you’d like to subscribe just click this newspaper order form link and fill out the info. It’s as easy as that. If you have any questions feel free to email me at Jacki@MamasonaDime.com with Newspaper in the subject line and I will get back to you with more details.

I cannot change any of your current subscriptions, but I can add on to what you are getting now. You can get up to 4 papers at this awesome price!



Couponing: How Do You Get Started?

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016

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It’s been a while since I have done any basic posts on couponing. I think I sometimes forget that there are still so many newbies out there! It’s so much easier to use coupons than people think. I don’t spend much time during the week on them. I mean, with three kids, a blog, and a household to run I just don’t have hours on end to invest into coupons. Which means you don’t have to either!

Here are a few posts to help you get started.

And don’t forget that you can always ask questions! You can comment on this post or feel free to email me at jacki@mamasonadime.com.



Grocery Store Match Ups 101

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013

Without coming to a class it’s sometimes hard to figure out just how to navigate our Grocery Store Match Ups. So we are going to make it simple and easy step by step!

1. Click on our Grocery Store Match Ups link on the right hand side of our nav bar.

2. Choose your state and store from our drop down menu.

 

 

 

3. Click the start button in the top right corner (This will make the whole list gray)

 

 

4. Check out the columns to find your deals.

 

 

  • First column: stock up sale (4 & 5 stars are in red and are the best deals)
  • Second column: Sale items (What is on sale and what brand)
  • Third column: Sale Price (Who cares? You are a couponer!)
  • Fourth column: Where to find a coupon to make a great deal
  • Fifth column: Your bottom line price

 

5. Click the items you want to add to your list (this will make the items on your list white instead of gray)

 

 

 

 

6. Click the shrink button in the top right corner

 

 

7. You now have a list to print and take with you to the store.

 

 

 

 

8. Check the coupon column to find and cut out the coupons you need to take with you to the store.
If you aren’t sure what some of the abbreviations mean check out our coupon lingo post.

 

9. Start stocking up and keeping your grocery budget low!



Host a Coupons 101 Class in July or August!

Posted by on Jun 16, 2012

Schedule a coupon class now! You can earn rewards for hosting a class as well as learning how to save thousands of dollars every year! I just opened up new dates for July and August so that means I have dates available soon!

Shoot me an email to jacki@mamasonadime.com and let’s schedule a class!
  • Shop at only 1 grocery store – no running around town!
  • Buy all of your family’s groceries, household, and personal care items (including diapers) all for about $200 a month -while building massive food storage at the same time!
  • NO clipping and filing individual coupons! Very quick and easy! A HUGE way to save money!
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and have ease in meal planning!
  • Website does all the work and it’s totally FREE!


Repost: Why Multiple Newspaper Subscriptions?

Posted by on May 22, 2012

A while ago we asked you to send us your questions. We are now taking those questions and giving you some answers!

Have a question you want to ask the Mamas? Send us an email to contact@mamasonadime.com with Ask the Mamas in the subject line and your question could be answered in an upcoming post!

Q:This week’s question has been asked multiple times by multiple readers: “Why do I want to get more than one newspaper subscription?”

A:Really this question has a simple answer. When there is an awesome deal out there you want to get more than one! If I can get a toothbrush for free or super cheap I want to be able to get enough of that toothbrush to last my family for 3-4 months or until it goes on sale again.

If you have a family of four you are going to go through laundry detergent (or whatever the item may be) way faster than a family of 2. That’s why we recommend you get one newspaper subscription per person in your house. That way you are getting one coupon for each family member and you will never have to pay full price for anything again!

Plus, you will easily save the price of all four newspaper subscriptions in one month. I average $400 a month savings and I paid $200 for my four subscriptions. That means in one month I made $200 just by having those coupons. It’s pretty amazing when you look at it that way.

Want to subscribe? Check out the latest newspaper deals now! Then just send an email to jacki@mamasonadime.com with newspaper in the subject line and your name and phone number in the email. I will call you back quickly and take your order right over the phone! Or just fill out the online newspaper order form.



2012 Sunday Coupon Schedule

Posted by on May 16, 2012

Check out the Sunday coupon schedule for the rest of the year below. This way you will always know if you should expect coupons that week or not. And you can always check out the specific coupons you can expect on the Sunday Coupon Preview.

And don’t forget for those of you in Utah that you get your Red Plum inserts in the mail on Tuesdays.

May
20 — Smart Source & Redplum
27 — NO INSERTS (Memorial Day)

June
3 — Smart Source & Procter and Gamble & Redplum
10 — Smart Source & Redplum
17 — Smart Source & Redplum
24 — Smart Source & Redplum

July
1 — NO INSERTS (July 4th)
8 — Smart Source, Procter and Gamble & Redplum
15 — Smart Source (No Redplum)
22 — Smart Source & Redplum
29 — Smart Source & Redplum

August
5 — Smart Source & Redplum
12 — Smart Source & Redplum
19 — Smart Source & Redplum
26 — Smart Source & Redplum

September
2 — NO INSERTS (Labor Day)
9 — (2) Smart Source & Redplum
16 — Smart Source & Redplum
23 — Smart Source (No Redplum)
30 — Smart Source & Redplum

October
7 — (2) Smart Source, Procter and Gamble & Redplum
14 — Smart Source & Redplum
21 — Smart Source & Redplum
28 — Smart Source & Redplum

November
4 — Smart Source, Procter and Gamble & Redplum
11 — Smart Source & (2) Redplum
18 — Smart Source (No Redplum)
25 — NO INSERTS (Thanksgiving)

December
2 — Redplum & Smart Source & Procter and Gamble
9 — Redplum & Smart Source
16 — Smart Source (No Redplum)
23 — NO INSERTS (Christmas)
30 — NO INSERTS (New Years)



Ask the Mamas: Where are your Favorite Places to Find Coupons?

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012
I think the number one question I get asked by family and friends when talking about grocery shopping is “where are your favorite places to find coupons?”. Here are my top ten places to get coupons.

1. Sunday Newspaper
My absolute number one way to get coupons is the newspaper. This might be an obvious answer, but I know it’s sometimes overlooked. I recommend getting one newspaper subscription per person in your family. This will help you stock up when prices are low for the items your family will use. Check out all the newspaper deals available now.

2. Printable Coupons
The second best place for coupons is online. We try to tell you about the best coupons out there, but we can’t do it all. The top three places to look for a great printable coupon are:

3. Magazines
Before using coupons I never noticed them in my magazines. And now I notice them all the time. There are tons of coupons in magazines! All You is by far my favorite, but there are coupons in almost every magazine I subscribe to. Keep your eyes out while you are reading articles and then remember to cut them out.

4. Mobile coupons
Give a store your cell number and they will text you coupons. Lots of stores do this and it’s a great way to save on ink and space. A few to start with:

5. eCoupons
There are some great sites out there that will let you load eCoupons onto your store loyalty card. Smith’s/Kroger is the only option in Utah. These are manufacturer coupons so you can’t stack them with a paper coupon, but they often make for some great deals. Checkout these sites to get started today.

6. Store Website
Some stores have coupons right on their website! Pay attention to what the coupon says when you print it. Some are store coupons and some manufacturer. I love getting store coupons since they stack so wonderfully with manufacturer coupons for cheap and free stuff! My faves are:

7. In Stores
You would be amazed how many coupons you will find in the store while shopping if you just look around. If there is a coupon for something at the store I grab one or two. Even if it isn’t something I’m buying that day it could help me get a great deal in the future when that item is on sale.

8. Samples
You know all the awesome free samples we post about? The majority of the time you will get a coupon along with your free sample in the mail. Pull it out and save it for a sale.

9. On or With Your Receipt
We have talked about catalinas a fair amount on our site. (If you are not familiar with them they are coupons that print at the cash register and you get with your receipt.) These are often good coupons. Sometimes for just a dollar amount off your next purchase! Make sure to check it out before you throw it away. There are also coupons on the back or bottom of many receipts. It only takes a second to glance at your receipt and it could save you lots of money.

10. Facebook
It’s not just for friends anymore. Like your favorite brands on facebook and watch for coupons being offered. We try to post the best ones, but we hear about some of our best coupons from our readers who just happen to see them in their newsfeed.

These are my top ten ways to find coupons, but I’m sure there are more out there. What is your favorite way to find coupons?


eCoupons: What They Are and How to Get Them

Posted by on Jan 7, 2012

eCoupons are coupons that you load directly onto your store shoppers card. No clipping involved! When you scan your shoppers card at the store the eCoupon will automatically come off of your total bill.

Most commonly these coupons are used at Kroger (Smith’s in Utah). But they have them available at other stores as well.

Once you register your shoppers card with a site you just need to load the eCoupons onto your card. It only takes a few seconds and can often save A LOT of money! Check out the list below of our favorite eCoupon sites. If you know of another one be sure to let us know!

Kroger

Cellfire

P&G

Shortcuts



Register for the November 2 Coupons 101 Class

Posted by on Oct 14, 2011
It’s time for another coupons 101 class! If you haven’t come to a class yet now is the time! It’s open to anyone and everyone! Bring friends and learn how to save big. We are going to start doing these classes every month. So if you can’t make it to this one make sure to stay tuned for next month’s class!
  • Shop at only 1 grocery store – no running around town!
  • Buy all of your family’s groceries, household, and personal care items (including diapers) all for about $200 a month for a family of four – while building massive food storage at the same time! NO clipping and filing individual coupons! Very quick and easy! A HUGE way to save money!
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and have ease in meal planning!
  • FREE WEBSITE and FREE CLASS – there is no cost to attend and no cost to use the website!

Register for the November 2 Coupon Class!

When: Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 PM

Where: Heartfelt Boutique! (1323 W 7900 S Suite 103, West Jordan, UT)

If you have any question or want to host your own class feel free to email me at jacki@mamasonadime.com

You can also subscribe to the paper online now! I offer deals for Utah, Idaho, California, and Nevada.