Lets Talk Shop, Shall We ~ Couponing That Is

My husband Tim always says the 11th Commandment is “thou shall not pay retail!” I’m not proud to say but I guess I started getting into couponing when the economy took a hit. But in doing so I’ve been able to pay the monthly boat loan payment, which thankfully ends soon. I’m a lone wolf and hate malls so I like to shop online all the time. Below are some of my favorite pet coupons and couponing sites.

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PetCareRX Coupons 1-800-PetMeds Petco Coupons
WalMart Pet Coupons Pet360 Coupons PetSmart Coupons
Pet Food Direct Coupons Dog.com Coupons CherryBrook Coupons
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Here are some tips for newbies and some of the places I look for coupons:
• Local Newspapers
• Magazines- particularly women’s periodicals
• When you hit the grocery store- look for coupon flyers
• My Favorite – Online
• Junk mail- we all hate it but if you can get something from it before pitching, I mean recycling all the   better
• Manufacturer websites – for printables
• Consumer reports

Different Strokes for Different Folks:
• Clipping out all coupons and sharing with co-workers the ones you won’t use
• Clipping only the coupons that you intend to use so you aren’t tempted to buy something you won’t use just because it’s on sale
• “As-needed” basis

Stay Organized:
• Develop a filing system. Find a system that works for you
• Organize coupons by grocery category–dairy, frozen foods, deli, etc.
• By aisle,
• By expiration, etc.
• Use a container or binder to hold your coupons
• Try to file coupons the same day you get them.
• Purge – it feels soooo good

Maximize Your Savings:
• You never know when a deals going to pop up so keep your coupons with you
• Match coupons to sales at big box stores
• Learn your stores coupon policies
• Buy in bulk with staples (i.e. TP, toothpaste, laundry detergent)
• Be a clever couponer and get creative

Online Resources:
• Ebates.com is awesome and you get paid to shop
• Retailmenot.com – rocks
• Amazon Prime – you can’t beat the free next day shipping
• Survivingthestores.com – has a little bit of everything

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Offline Resources:
• Close outs
• Business moving
• Clearance sales
• After the holidays prices get slashed to make room for new inventory. I found that out when we moved to Madison in January and had to furnish an entire apartment.

Online/Offline Resources:
• Some cities have online grocery shopping and delivery, I’m familiar with Peapod. I find it’s a great way to stay on track and not impulse purchase. You don’t have to go out in extreme weather conditions and your husband doesn’t come home with only condiments.

• Free Meal Planner
• Household Notebook

Couponing is a win, win. It’s not terribly time consuming once you have a routine. So grab a glass of wine and a scissor and get snippin’. Woof!

Bow Wow BlogAbout Sue Chody:
My husband (Tim) of 19 years, our smart-as-a-whip mini Labradoodle named Bella (a.k.a. Boo), and I live in the town of Lake Geneva WI and when our work schedule allows, Naples Fl. We are presently on a two year assignment in Madison WI., or as I like to refer to it as an “adventure.”