Clair's Freebies

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A place for freebies, coupons and other helpful tips for you to save money! On our page you'll find ad matchups and a listing of when is a good time to stock the stockpile! One of our favorite posts is our Instant Win Game listing!

Clair is a winner of Top 25 Couponing Moms - 2013

What advice would you give to a mom who wants to start couponing?

Take it one step at a time. When I first learned I only clipped coupons that I was going to use for sure. And then I started looking at learning the ins and outs of Rite Aid (closest to my house.) Learned Rite Aid well and moved onto learning my best grocery store (Tops Friendly Markets is closest to me and they double up to $.99 coupons). Moved onto CVS and finally Walgreens.

It's not all about saving as much as you can in ONE trip to get everything you need for the next 6 months. Understanding how much you use of products and keeping track is a great place to start. Figure sales come around every 3 months so you basically need to know how many you use during those months and can plan to have them on hand (like cereal...we go through about 6 boxes in 3 months...) So when a great sale comes up on Lucky Charms and we have 2 boxes left, I will pick up our 6 and know that I'm good for the next 4 months!

Best thing to start doing now, make sure you are getting coupons every week! Buy a newspaper subscription so you won't forget. Ask your friends/family to save you coupons. And start finding some blogs that do ad matchups because we'll help to give you the deals!

How much do you save yearly using coupons?

Easily $10,000 if not more. I don't keep track but I don't go nuts buying a ton of stuff that we aren't going to use either. Having a small family doesn't allow me to have a ton of people to share products with :)

What is the best resource you've found for finding coupons?

Newspapers are the best place to get coupons. The internet also has coupons that you can print off and often request by mail. Sometimes asking the company online will get you a coupon. We do a listing each week to give you an idea who might be some nice companies to ask! Also if you aren't on the run shopping, take your time in the stores and check out the aisles because they will put coupons on some of the shelves. (We always encourage our readers to take what you are going to use. Taking all of the coupons you find isn't being a great couponer...and more often than not those are the coupons you find all over ebay! Also taking a coupon off from a product isn't ok unless you purchase the product!)