My coupon insert stack for March, 2012 was huge. Why? I was at my mother’s house in Middle Tennessee and her local paper puts the Sunday coupon inserts in the following Wednesday paper. The Wednesday paper only costs 50 cents so I would buy four of them each week (I was there nearly three weeks!). Plus, mom doesn’t use coupons so I would get her inserts also and my boss was saving all the inserts from my West Texas newspaper.
So you would think that I went to town saving money with all those coupon inserts. WRONG!!! Here’s why!!!
- Most of the coupons in those inserts were for items that the Frugal Hubby and I don’t use.
- The sales on a lot of the items that we did use came in my West Texas town when I was at my mom’s house and the sales in my mom’s town never matched the coupons. It doesn’t do a lot of good when you can’t match the coupons to the sales.
- By the time I got back to my West Texas town, several of the coupons were expired or nearly expired.
A valuable couponing lesson was learned — always, always, always look at the coupon previews for the coupon inserts. You can find the coupon insert previews here at Sunday Coupon Preview. Most weeks there are coupons that I will never use in the coupon inserts but there are also some coupons that I will use. It’s rare that an insert will have absolutely no coupons that I can use but it’s happened. In the last two weeks, there have been more coupons that I couldn’t use and fewer coupons that I would use. The small savings just did not justify buying the newspaper (it would have if they had been featured again in the Wednesday paper).
The Frugal Housewife tip of the week: Always look at the coupon preview for the Sunday paper. Calculate how many coupons that you will actually use and how much savings you will get from them. If the savings is greater than the amount of money that you will pay for the papers, then go for it!!! Purchase multiples and create your stockpiles! If (and this does happen occasionally) there are no coupons that you will use in the coupon inserts — Don’t buy that week’s paper!!!
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