Clipping Savings

New to the art of clipping coupons? Better has tips to get you organized.

If you are one of the many shoppers who has recently discovered the cost savings of coupon clipping, you know how hard it is to stay on top of it. It seems you never have the right coupon at the checkout stand when you need it. Well, today, Nicolle is going to help you get organized. Well this is how I read the Sunday paper sitting here in my favorite chair. Currently, I'm just catching up on current events but today we're actually looking for the coupon. How do you organize your coupons? Well, we called in an expert to find out how we can turn this into cash. You're not going to start organizing your coupons in the store, you're gonna start in your kitchen and hopefully you're gonna have a professional help you. I can show up on Sunday mornings and help you clip coupons. How I wish that was true. Now, you have some pretty sophisticated systems that you say, really, it's basic, you know, in the beginning. Well, I think it's the more simple you keep it, the more likely you are to use the coupons. I think there is 4 steps. There's the planning, there's the plucking of the coupon, there's the purchasing, and then that's all based on your personality. So, really, you need to start with your personality and determine the steps based on that. So, if you, in the past, you know, cut them all out, but never actually purchased anything with them, that's the part of your personality that likes to do that at home. Right, right. If you like doing that, then the next natural step for you is to plan your meals first. Then, do the plucking of the coupon. So, plan then pluck. Right. So, a simple meal planning technique that works for you, if you've got one, keep going with it. If not, this is the easiest one I've ever done. Just simply, Monday through Sunday and have post-it notes of your favorite meal. One of our favorite, at least my husband, is cold pork. So, I'm just gonna stick that on Monday, I know if I make that, it's good for 2 or 3 days. Yeah, I love that. So, I'm covered, yeah, exactly. So, we can go with mac and cheese on Thursday, that will last us for a couple days, and then we'll go with spaghetti then we have Saturday and Sunday covered, you know, get out that grocery shopping list and jot down the things that you need. So you can do this in 5 to 10 minutes, then you can get into the coupons and say, okay, do I have a coupon for anything to do with mac and cheese, or any of the pasta item. Create a finder and have your different categories. So, I just print, you know, canned good, but you can have 4 of your different categories of most often used sections in the grocery store. These are pages for baseball cards. Oh. So, you can slide the coupon in here and you can see it. So then from there, we don't wanna take this whole thing like you were saying, so what do we take, I mean how do we make-- Here's what you take with you. Here's what you take with you. Take your shopping list and then the coupons that you plucked, put them there in a little envelope or, you know, and one of these little mini photo albums. Yeah, so they're decorative, too, so you got-- Right. Right. So you go ahead and plan your meals for the week, you pluck out the coupon, and then you're off to the stores to purchase, and this great system designed by Krysta will really help us get top dollar where we need it most at the bank. Exactly. Not here on the kitchen table. For Better, I'm Nicolle Camarata, with Krysta. We'll see you in the stores. Some really good tips. And if you're embarrassed to use coupons, get over it. A recent study shows coupon use is up. In fact, redeeming coupons that are offered online is up 140%. Another tip, don't buy something you wouldn't normally buy just because you have a coupon. Thanks for watching For more stories like the one you just saw, catch the television program Better every weekday. Check your local TV listings to see if Better airs in your city.