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I'm Daisy Teh and TheItMom.com is my website! I love to write about travel, new fashion trends, tech/gadgets, family-fun, and saving money (especially on Amazon and couponing!). We are a FREE resource to saving you time and money!

Daisy is a winner of Top 25 Couponing Moms - 2013

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

Couponing is about process and organization. Not all couponing methods are alike. You will know if your system or method is effective when you are able to quickly access your coupons in a short amount of time AND you are able to save at least 60% or more when you first start. Couponing takes a little bit of time, but the results and savings can be life-changing for you and your family so be patient! Here are a few step-by-step tips to get you started, but be sure to check out my complete step-by-step guide for couponing newbies: http://www.theitmom.com/couponing-newbies/

Step 1: Create a Coupon Binder (a zippered cloth binder with handles work best), add clear sports card pocket holders, along with binder tabs you can customize and label. There are several Coupon Binder Kits available that are ready to go if you would rather purchase them.

Step 2: Label each section of your binder tabs based on the grocery section aisles of the most common grocery store you purchase your groceries.

Step 3: Purchase 2-3 copies of the Sunday newspaper to begin collecting coupons. I suggest purchasing a newspaper subscription to receive better cost savings. Be patient and expect to collect about 4-5 weeks worth of coupons and keeping them organized before you’ll start seeing true results. It may seem expensive at first, but trust me, over a short period of time you’ll see dramatic savings.

Step 4: If you are new to couponing, I recommend that you DO NOT cut out every coupon from the Sunday newspaper – instead, save each coupon booklet and file them by coupon insert type (SmartSource or RedPlum) and date in file folders in an organized filing system with labels for easy access. You’ll find the dates on the binding corners of each coupon book. Staying organized is critical in Couponing success when you first start.

Step 5: Print out high-value coupons from my coupons sites each week (don’t forget that you can print twice). These coupons can be cut and folded into the clear business card or sports card pocket holders and appropriately filed within the tabs you labeled with your grocery aisles. *Note: Printing takes up a lot of ink and paper, so only print the high-value and/or coupon matchups you’ll be using for the current sales.

Step 6: Instead of going through every store’s weekly advertisement and matching coupons to sales yourself – use Coupon Matchup Sites or go to TheItMom.com every Sunday morning to get the list of best weekly deals (which is a completely free and we made super easy for couponing newbies). You can even sign up for our daily newsletter so you can be notified of new deals, sales and coupon match-ups here: http://bit.ly/eSubscribeTheItMom

Step 7: Locate the deals you’d like to buy from the Coupon Matchup Sites with your available coupons.

How much do you save yearly using coupons?

Each week we spend approximately $250 (retail) in food for a family of six that costs us an average of $35 after coupons. We save over $2,500 each year in grocery expenses from couponing. And that's just for groceries! You learn to become more frugal with your overall expenses and find ways to cut costs, negotiate, and save in all of your spending (clothes, make-up, large ticket items, electronics, electricity and phone bills, etc). The savings really does add up, and I know the discounts are real, because I've paid retail price before.

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

There are a variety of resources for finding coupons, but definitely check Coupons.com and SmartSource.com for printable coupons. Otherwise, TheItMom.com and all my wonderful deal blogging pals post new coupons as they come daily too.

What's one of the worst messes your child has made? Please share a link to a photo if you have one.

Daisy Teh

My 3 and 4 year old toddlers decided to pile their toys up into a mountain and attempt to jump over the mountain. The mountain was two feet higher than the children's height and the whole living room took 2-hours to clean up.
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