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02/04/2011

Coupon 101

I have to say I’m a convert.

I love a deal.  In fact, I’ll admit I find it hard to pay full price for just about anything. I always wait for the sale, use a 20% off coupon at the department store, 40% off Internet coupons for the craft store, but for some reason I never really was sold on the grocery store coupons. Why do I need to buy two jars of pickles to save a dollar? I want only one. Or most times, even with the coupon, the store brand is still cheaper.

To me, it always seemed like a lot of work, with very little pay off.

Boy was I WRONG!

Jen Carl, the local mom behind the blog “Lehigh Valley Momma” opened my eyes to a whole new world. There are some serious savings to be had out there, if you know where to look. The best part? Her method takes only an hour or two of your time!

Jen was sweet enough to spend her Monday (the day before the big ice storm) sharing her knowledge with me at the Giant in Allentown. Girlfriend walks the walk! Let me tell ya! When it was all said and done, she had a cart full of goodies:  snacks, meat, fruit, cheese, coffee, plus lots of organic products totaling more than $120. But what did she pay? Just over $50 , a savings of more than 50%!! Crazy!! (watch the story here)

Her biggest tip: use the Internet! Let others, like her, do the work for you! Dozens of coupon bloggers out there comb the Sunday grocery store circulars and make a list of “match-ups,” couponer lingo for how to “match-up” a coupon to a sale. That’s the key to scoring big deals and free (yes free) items!

Jen’s a super healthy mom, really into buying organic, which, as many of you know, can be super expensive. She, however, can show you how to shop organic on a budget. She has links to coupons for organic products, plus she has tips on when it pays to “go organic” and when it pays to pass it over. It’s all on her blog, along with an intro on how to start couponing. (a must read for anyone who’s ready to start saving!)

Check her out at www.lehighvalleymomma.com. She made a believer out of me.

other great coupon links:

For the Mommas  ** Weis, Giant deals, and more!
Living Rich with Coupons  ** ShopRite, Stop and Shop, and more!
Couponing to Disney ** Drugstores and other grocery stores!
Totally Target (all Target, all the time)
Organic Deals (Organics)
Saving Naturally (Organics)

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I had never heard of Lehigh Valley Momma before but I was very glad to see you reference For the Mommas. Shannon is the BEST! She makes couponing so easy! Thanks for this great feature!

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