Stockpiling has changed! After the TLC Extreme Couponing Show aired it REALLY affected us in terms of couponing and stockpiling. Once our local stores announced that they would no longer be doubling we tried to stay positive but the truth is that we can no longer stockpile in large quantities or save like we used too. I personally quit using the binder method of organizing my coupons at the end of 2013 and have started using the My Coupon Keeper. Because I am ordering all of my coupons now due to the increase in paper prices I find this method to work well for me. In addition I am using digital coupons and apps more so this is a major change.
How to save money without double coupons
What is the same? Coupons are still the same as cash. You save when you use them. You save by watching the sales cycle and matching coupons with the sales ad.
I personally shop at a variety of stores in order to save. This is the same as when I first started stockpiling. Here are some strategies for each store:
- How to get the most out of your Sam’s Club membership
- 5 Ways to increase your savings at Target
- How to save money at Kroger
- How to shop at Aldi and save BIG
- How to save money at CVS
- How to save money at Walgreen's
- How to save money at Rite-Aid
- How to shop at Whole Foods without spending your Whole Paycheck
- 7 Ways to save money without using coupons
So, what you can do to save now that double coupons have stopped? The biggest tip I can give to anyone looking to save from their family budget is to start Menu Planning and Freezer Cooking.
Start purchasing Manager’s Specials and freezing food that you find on sale. Another major way to save is to Stop Paying for Convenience. Stop purchasing bagged salad, cut fruit and shredded cheese. You will save money from your budget by prepping your own foods. Start cooking from scratch. Not only is it better for your body you will save money.
Be sure to use Rewards Clubs when you shop and when you are Stockpiling For the Holidays. You can reduce the bottom line by using the reward clubs at each store and when dining out. Simply ask at the customer service desk or the manager if they offer one.
Remember, a penny saved is a penny earned. It may not be as "easy" as it once was to save but with dedication you can still save from your family's budget.