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Ashley - posted on 09/18/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I would love to start clipping coupons and I would also love to plan our families meals each week. What is the best way to find coupons without having to go to a million different sites? I live in a small town and the only places to shop are safeway, grocery outlet, and walmart. I was also wondering whats the best way to start meal planning and what to make? Should I wait until I have the coupons to plan our dinners around them?

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Heather - posted on 10/15/2010

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I too don't have a lot of time to put into cipping coupons, but I've found that most f the big site (coupons.com, couponsuzy.com, redplum.com etc) all run the same coupons at the same time, so don't bother with all of them. Also, I go to the website for my local supermarket that I always shop at and print coupons fo things I usually buy. I put the whole pages of things into different folders marked w/ the kind of coupon it is (big y supermarket, manufacturers, baby items, etc) and the day I go shopping I raid the folder, plan the meals I want, and take the pages with me.
If you have even less time, plan you meals around the meat sales, because that's what's teh most expensive. I will go to a different store than usual just to get cheap meat to put in the freezer.

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Angela - posted on 10/13/2010

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I don't necessarily plan my meals around the sale circulars, but I do tend to wait and buy meat when it's on sale, then freeze it. That definitely saves a bunch of money. My mother saves all her newspaper coupons for me, so I get those weekly, as well as some of the sites that were listed in Holly's post.

Heather - posted on 10/08/2010

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I plan my meals around the sale circulars for the grocery stores and what meat or other good meal bases are on sale ie: taco fixings, chili stuff, roast and such

Chelsea - posted on 10/05/2010

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I just started doing the coupon thing and am really still learning the ins and outs. But prior to doing coupons I still found myself saving a lot of money by planning my meals. I made a calendar and would fill it out weekly. Then from that list I would make a grocery list with everything I needed. I saved so much money from just that alone!! I went to the store, got what I needed, and left. With very little side shopping, it worked wonders! I can only imagine what kind of money I will be saving when I start using the coupons!!

Jackie - posted on 10/02/2010

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When I do get the time to plan our meals ahead of time I plan them around my coupons. Im also in a small town where we have a save-a-lot, walmart, and country mart. Country mart is expensive even with coupons so I dont shop there. However our newspaper puts weekly ads in for both the stores and I also use that to plan our meals. Looking for whats on sale helps alot.

Holly - posted on 10/02/2010

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I started clipping coupons right after my son was born (1/19/09) and have found lots of websites to either print coupons and even load to store loyalty cards. It's helped me save lots of money!! Thought maybe you might like to check some of these sites out....
www.coupons.com
Each coupon can be printed 2x
http://coupons2.smartsource.com
http://www.redplum.com
http://www.allyou.com/index.html
http://www.eversave.com/Welcome.jsp
http://www.eatbetteramerica.com/
https://www.pillsbury.com/
http://coupons.target.com
http://www.kroger.com
Sites to load coupons to your Kroger or other loyalty cards
http://www.cellfire.com/
http://shortcuts.com/
www.upromise.com
**college fund
http://www.pgeverydaysolutions.com
http://www.kroger.com

Dawn - posted on 09/22/2010

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Somebody told me about http://www.foodonthetable.com/ which helps you find sales at your local grocery stores and plan your meals. I wouldn't wait to have coupons to plan your meals. The purpose of coupons from a business perspective is to get you to buy the product and hope you like it so you keep buying it. I only use coupons for the things I would buy anyway. Plan your dinners based on what you know your family will eat. It wouldn't do much good to save money on the ingredients if they're not going to eat what you prepare.

Sylvi-jane - posted on 09/22/2010

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get a lot of magnets to start off look in magazines even some newspapers have coopons cut them out put them on you freezer or fridge door use the one that run out first and so on.
tesco and sainsbury's give you vouchers if you have there cards same as some other stores.
sainsburys also do recipy cards most meals cost less than a £5 it you shop around other stores look whats on recipy but bye at cheepest place for same item.
use value own item, the shops own value item cost cheeper than expensive item

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