Couponing Class Outline

Begin by passing out 3X5 cards for questions

I. A. Introduction

1. Name

2. Married 15 years lots of shopping experience

3. Have 3 kids ages 7, 11, and almost 13 home school

B. How I got started Couponing

1. 30% drop in income

2. Rising everything else

3. Found ad for Money Saving Mom

C. Don’t be like me

1. Couponing may not be for everyone

2. Good Stewardship is

3. Keep an open mind and look for what you can do

D. What’s to gain?

1. Have everyone write down their current weekly spending on all food, cleaning, diapers, toiletries, etc..

2. Then multiply the number of people in your household by 14

3. Subtract from the number above to see how much you can save

II. Getting Started: The Stockpile Principle

A. The basic idea

1. Buy at the lowest price

2. Work with what you have

B. Stockpile prices without coupons

1. Markdowns in meat, dairy, produce, and bakery

2. Clearance Shelf

3. Loss Leaders Check the Quick List

4. Low prices at stores that you might choose to visit infrequently (Sam’s, Aldi, TJ’s)

C.  Be sure to take advantage of Aldi and Angel Food if you don’t have much time to shop

III. Couponing

Couponers have the largest advantage because we can consistently get the lowest prices

A. Walk through a week of couponing

1. Sunday –Buy 2 papers or get them friends and recycling

2. Organize the coupons using one of the methods below.

a. file folders

b. binder

c. envelopes

B. Menu plan being sure to use what you have on hand. Nothing fancy-- A scrap of paper

Maybe a running plan

C.. Then make a list of the things you need to have to complete your menu and any other needs you have. The best places to do this kind of shopping are Aldi and Walmart. White board list.

D. Time for matchups. I will only go over Publix and Kroger because they are the best options for saving money. Once you learn how to work them, you will be able to shop anywhere.

1. Abbreviations list

2. Source for Kroger matches

a. Grocery Gathering

b. Frugal in Franklin

3. Sources for Publix matches

a. Southern Savers

b. Fiddledeedee

D.  Show how to cut and paste and prepare a grocery list

E.  Repeat the process- using more stockpile each time

IV. Drugstores

A. Walgreens


Rite Aid

B. All have programs worth learning. Many free items if you just take the time to learn them.

C. Give some examples, using the gift basket

IV. Time for Questions