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Five easy steps to start couponing

By Tara McAlister
Tara McAlister
Tara McAlister is MomsCharlotte.com's Deal Diva, giving you loads of easy tips to save money.
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Don’t clip every coupon. Just clip or print coupons for items you normally buy.

Recently I introduced couponing to a friend. She was hesitant to start because she assumed couponing meant time and hassle. Not so! Here are five small steps to get into couponing using just an hour a week:

Clip: Typically it takes about 10 minutes to clip coupons or print them from such websites as Coupon.com or SmartSource.com. Don’t clip every coupon. Just clip or print coupons for items you normally buy.

Scan: Scan the grocery inserts looking for sales and identify items where you have a corresponding coupon. Search for proteins for your weekly menu.

Plan: Spend the next 20 minutes planning your weekly menu around what’s on sale.

List: Make a list (I use an envelope) and categorize what you need to buy according to the area of the store. Organize your coupons accordingly.

Save: I promise that within a few weeks, the amount of time it takes to clip, scan, plan and list will decrease, along with your grocery bill.

Email: thedealdiva@bellsouth.net
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