This might be a lot to take in so I am going to break it all down as smoothly as possible. Again, if you are new to couponing or refreshing this is the basics and this is where couponing becomes a game!
****Your grocery store is on an 8 to 12 week sale cycle. So a specific item you may like might be on sale this week, but won’t be on sale for another 8 to 12 weeks again. The best way to figure out this system is to make a list of the things your family uses on a regular basis and mark the price down each week, which in turn you will be able to figure out when the price low will happen again. This is very helpful if you are loyal to only certain brands.
****Your coupons are on a 6 to 8 week cycle. So wait, just because you have a coupon don’t run to the store. Wait until there is a sale, and after awhile you will learn when the rock bottom prices are happening to make it even cheaper. If you really like an item make sure to check the printable coupons ^ as you can buy in multiples. Again they allow only two prints per coupon per computer!
****You have all these coupons and you are ready to organize your binder, or if you are like me you are clipping only the inserts when you need them. Even if you are using a binder I still highly recommend making a list before you go. I take my weekly ad, make my list, and I find the coupons I am going to use and match them up, I then put the coupons in an envelope and write my list on the outside. Using categories is a simple way of finding things. You must separate your binder into sections and I would use the same system for writing your list. My categories are the layout of my store so they are in order of start to finish. Mine looks like this but do whichever way you would like:
Condiments and Canned Goods
Pastas and Side Dishes
Snacks and Sodas
Juices and Meats
Cereals and Breakfast Items
Medicines and Hygiene
I hope some of this made sense to you, please let me know if you have other questions!