Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Are you still couponing? If so. . . read on!

Are you still couponing?  For those of you who may not know, that is how this blog and classes got started 7 years ago!! If you are interested in reading that story, you can read it here.

Here are 4 notes for those of you still couponing:

1. In today's (Wed, March 25) News and Observer, there is a Harris Teeter sales flyer and on the front page of that flyer there is one great coupon:  $15 off $75, good today thru Tues, March 31.

2. It's almost the end of the month and for many of us couponers that means it is time to pull the expired coupons.

For those of us who use the file method to organize coupon inserts, this often means taking an insert and flipping page by page looking at the expiration date on each coupon. Or getting our kids to do it :)

But no more!!

There is a resource on Southern Savers that tells you when a coupon insert has expired. What a time saver. Read below for the steps.

Go to Southern Savers.

Look at the upper right hand corner and click on the white button that says "Coupon Dafabase"

Choose your newspaper. Mine and you Raleigh gals is NC-The News and Observer (Raleigh)

Underneath the bar that you choose the newspaper in is another bar.  In this bar is where you are going to search. 

In this search bar, type the date of the insert. Use this format: 8/19  If there is a single digit date (not month, just date), then type in 8/05 and then type in 8/5, just to check both. Then click the little gold square with the magnifying class in it.

And then in the box below, all the current coupons that came out on 8/19 will appear.  If the box says no results found, then you know that the coupon inserts that came out on that date have no current coupons and can be thrown away, recycled, or sent to the military for their use.

If you see SS 8/19 but no RP 8/19, then you know to keep the 8/19 SS insert and pull the 8/19 RP. Just make sure you check all the pages. Under the box that list the coupons are these little green boxes that show how many pages you need to scroll thru.

Hope this saves you a little bit of time. I just went thru my whole crate of file folders. It is so much lighter now. 

But I already did all that for you so if you need to clean out your file box this month (March 2015). . here is what you need to keep:

10/12 RP and 12/7 SS. . .these 2 inserts have one coupon in them that is still good. However, they both expire 3/31.  And then you need to keep all inserts from Jan 4, 2015 thru this pass Sunday, March 22.  All other inserts you need to get rid of.

3. And most of you have noticed that I am not blogging as often as I used to. I want to write a blog post filling you in on the whys and all that I have learned, but the quick reason is teenagers. It's not bad; I just want to make sure I finish this parenting thing well. But I wanted to let you know, I have been quite regular on Facebook. So if you do not follow The Intentional Home on Facebook yet, you may want to. 


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