Thursday, February 11, 2010

Adding to the budget with coupons

I had a wonderful interview with Sara Steigerwald & Lisa Steigerwald about the value of saving with coupons.

Tell us about "couponing" and how it works.

Couponing is clipping coupons from newspapers, Internet, and store promotions – then waiting until a good sale comes around to best utilize the coupon. For instance – P&G put out 75¢ Crest Gel coupons in December – this week Giant Eagle ran a sale for Crest Gel 3/$5 – the 75¢ coupon doubles to $1.50 – making the toothpaste 17¢. If that’s not good enough – if you buy $10 worth (before coupons) – so you would need 6 – you get a $3 catalina (register tape for a money amount on your next order). So, you pay $1.02 and get $3 OYNO (on your next order). This ends today, but is a great example of having a great coupon and maximizing it with a sale.

Is this only for stay-home moms who have time to sift through, and cut out ads?

Couponing is not only for the stay-at-home moms. Although, I am on a child-care leave from teaching – I can coupon, raise a young family, and teach full-time. My sister-in-law, Lisa, who does this with me – works full-time. Organization is key to making couponing work with your lifestyle.

If someone has never taken the time to do coupons, discounts, etc. Where do we start?
Louisville Christian Church is offering a workshop this Saturday, February 13th. My sister-in-law, Lisa and I (Sara) will cover how to get started – where to get coupons – and how to organize. We will also talk about stores and policies. Participants will have a game plan to go out and execute right away.
Louisville Christian Church
1800 S Chapel.
Louisville, OH
330-875-4155
8:30 am – coffee and a muffin; workshop 9-11am
Men and Women welcome, no childcare available
Coupon binders will be for sale – at cost!

How much money (on average) do you save with your method?

Having two children in diapers – I went from spending $145-175 monthly to spending $35-45 – still getting name-brand diapers. It’s just knowing how to maximize the sale with the coupons. An example at Walgreens right now for Huggies – Huggies are $8.99 subtract a $2 Internet or newspaper coupon, subtract a $1 Walgreens coupon makes them $5.99 – but then you get a $3 Register Reward (register tape for a money amount on your next order). So you can justify that you are getting your diapers for $2.99.

Groceries have been slashed by 70 to 80 percent. I usually pick my milk up at Walgreens or Rite Aid – MUCH cheaper. I also match up coupons with the sales. Starting tomorrow at Giant Eagle Post cereal is $2. Go to PostNatural.com and get a $2 coupon – FREE! Yogurt packs are on sale - Yoplait Trix Yogurt – Must buy 4 for the $1.50 price
35¢/1= 80¢ pack
75¢/2 = 50¢ pack
Notice at Giant Eagle that the coupon doubles. This makes for some great deals!

What is the best bargain you've ever scored?

Any time I score free – I am happy! However, I was pretty pleased with getting my daughter a Leapster at Christmas time that I am holding onto until her birthday in March. Target allows you to use a Target coupon WITH a manufacturer coupon (as does Rite Aid and Walgreens). Target will also price match. The original price was $49.99 – ToyRUs had it advertised as $39.99. I used a $10 Leapster manufacturer coupon and a $10 Target manufacturer coupon – in the end I paid $19.99. Not bad!

What is best though is not paying for everyday items. Having your coupons, knowing what you have (organization) and utilizing them with clearance and/or sales allows for you to score free items or items pennies on the dollar -
Toothpaste Deodorant Soap Toothbrushes Lotion Lip care Cold care Baby wipes
Canned food/soups Razors Make-up Tissues

Couponing has not only allowed me to provide more for my family with less – it has also allowed me to help many of our friends and family affected by the economy – our church – and I have even adopted my own soldier.

We will be launching our site soon (2/15) – Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring.com - couponing blog, coupon binders for sale, workshops and classes. We would love to be on sometime – feel free to contact us!

Sara Steigerwald & Lisa Steigerwald
sistersshoppingonashoestring@gmail.com

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