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Couponing Motto: Be Prepared!

Ever wonder how those extreme couponers on TV do it? How do they consistently save 75 or 85 percent on their grocery bill? It’s all about timing. It’s all about having the right coupon at the right time. It’s all about being prepared.

We can pretty much tell what’s on sale across the country just by looking at the orders that come into The Happy Couponer Coupon Clipping Service. We can also tell who was a Girl Scout or Boy Scout because they order large numbers of coupons for items that aren’t on sale – yet. That’s what’s known as “Being Prepared.”

How to Better Utilize Our Clipping Service

We’ve found some of our best bargains just by cruising the store looking for unadvertised specials on products we use every day. For example, a couple of months ago our local Kroger had just one variety of Barilla pasta sauce marked down to 75 cents because it was being discontinued. Because we’re always prepared, we just happened to have a coupon for 25 cents off, which doubles at our store, so we got 20 jars for 25 cents each.

But we were prepared. We had already clipped the coupon because we knew it was an item we use all the time. How prepared are you?

We can always count on getting a lot of orders on Monday and Wednesday – the days most stores put out there new ads. Our couponers check their new ads first and then order coupons to match the ad items, and then it becomes a timing thing, waiting for the mail to arrive, hoping it gets there before the sale ends.

But what if you planned ahead?

Smart shoppers know about sales cycles and they plan ahead. For example, Barilla Pasta Sauce goes on sale about every three months. In fact, everything in the store goes on sale every 3 to 4 months. Generally, when you see a coupon pop up in the insert you know that item will be on sale sometime in the near future. If your family likes Barilla Pasta Sauce you should order multiples of that coupon now so you’re ready when the sale hits.

But it’s even more important to order coupons for your staple items in advance so you can take advantage of those unadvertised specials you’ll trip over. We found those Barilla pasta sauces on a Thursday and they were already almost gone. If we’d had to wait for the coupons to arrive in the mail we never would have got such a great price because they would have been gone.

But what about the cost?

Those 20 coupons for Barilla Pasta Sauce would have cost a total of $1.60 if you’d ordered them from our clipping service and you would have saved $10 on your purchase. Obviously, you wouldn’t want to stockpile every coupon that’s printed every week, but stocking up on a few that you know you’re going to use is definitely worth the investment, and it beats the heck out of buying 10 or 20 Sunday papers every week “just in case”.

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