Inspired by the popular reality extreme couponing shows, many families have decided to start clipping the coupons in their Sunday newspapers and give couponing a try. Using coupons is a great way to save your family a significant amount of money buying products you normally use in your home. Many manufacturers of natural foods and products have jumped on the bandwagon offering manufacturer’s coupons for their products as well. Running a green home on a budget becomes a little easier if you are a smart savvy coupon shopper.
Sources for coupons include the Sunday newspapers like Newsday. A subscription for home delivery running from Wednesday-Sunday will cost approximately $12.00 a month and you can save at least that much in clipped coupons your first week of the month. Supermarket sale circulars appear in Newsday on Wednesday and Thursday editions although you can see some sale circulars on Sunday as well. If the newspaper will not be read daily in your home, consider getting just the Sunday newspaper for approximately $4.00 a month.
Other sources for coupons include websites like www.coupons.com, www.coupondivas.com, www.couponmom.com, www.redplum.com, and www.couponclipper.com. Manufactures like Seventh Generation, Stonyfield Organics, and Method often feature coupons on their own websites as well. By scanning and clipping your coupons weekly, you will get a feel for which companies commonly offer manufacturer’s coupons regularly. Keep your coupons organized and handy when you go out to shop. Many people say they don’t use coupons often because they forget to bring them with them to the store or clip them but never use them. Many coupon pros will use a binder with dividing tabs or a coupon file pouch with divider tabs to keep themselves organized.
Know your local store’s rules and policies about coupons. Stores like Stop & Shop, Waldbaum’s, and Pathmark will double coupons up to and including $0.99. King Kullen will double up to $1.00 coupons but there is a limit of (5) $1.00 coupons per order. Many King Kullen stores have a Wild by Nature aisle inside the store (they are owned by the same company) and will carry a larger selection of natural products than many traditional supermarkets. Stores like Target, CVS, Wild by Nature, BJ’s, Fairway, Walmart, IGA, and Whole Foods will accept manufacturer’s coupons but will not double them. Check your store’s circulars for sales and match your coupons up with the sale items you intend to buy. www.coupondivas.com or www.couponmom.com are two sites which will also help you match coupon deals with store sales.
There are stores like CVS, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Toys R Us that are great sources for natural products who offer their own store coupons such as 20% off one item. One little known fact is that Bed, Bath & Beyond, The Christmas Tree Store, Harmon, and Buy Buy Baby are all owned by the same company and will all accept current BB&B 20% off coupons for most items excluding diapers. Buy Buy Baby is one source for a lot of natural baby care and personal care items like Seventh Generation and California Baby at good prices. Buy Buy Baby and Bed, Bath & Beyond also accept manufacturer’s coupons. Other sources of natural products at great prices occasionally with free shipping too is www.Amazon.com , www.iherb.com, www.soap.com, and its sister company www.diapers.com. You may find better prices at these websites even without using manufacturer’s coupons.
Whole Foods, Wild by Nature, and Trader Joe’s are companies selling a wide variety of natural foods who offer their own store brands of popular items and also offer in-store coupon booklets from time to time. Be sure to ask for a sale circular or coupon booklet when you enter the store to check for bargains.
As you can see, being a savvy coupon shopper does not mean relying only on a diet of processed junk foods. You can find deals and coupons on natural foods and green products as well if you know where to look.