It is done! I can now proudly present season 1 of my upcoming blog series: The Poor Man’s Guide to Coupons – season 1
It will be a beginners guide to using coupons as a person with limited means and not like all the middle class people you see on YouTube! The first season will be dedicated to the basic principals of couponing. I can also announce that there WILL a second season with even more basics and busting a couple of the most common myths about Couponing and extreme Couponing.
I can also give you an “Episode Guide” or a “Chapter List” of this season.
Episode Guide / Chapter List
- What are coupons (and rebates) and why should you be using them?
- Different types of rebates, coupons and deductions and how to combine them
- The store’s own rebate-, loyalty-, and club card. Why you SHOULD use them!
- Where do I get coupons?
- How to read coupons to avoid doing it wrong
- The shops’ sell cycles and own rebates in combination with your coupons.
- Different store chains = different coupon policies. Learn to read them and memorize the most important parts.
- Store your coupons correctly and keep them up to date
- Couponers Anonymous
- Practical tips before, during and after a haul!
The first episode will be out in March!
What you serve at your Christmas dinner depends on where you live, as well as when you celebrate it – on the 24th or the 25th of December. You might nog even celebrate Christmas, you might have Chanukka or some other holiday. But there will be food and it can often cost a lot of money to buy. How many of us doesn’t curse at the expenses of food during regular weeks? Imagine the costs during a major holiday. If you want to save, like I do, or can’t really afford the food – but still want to give your family a nice meal – then planning, coupons and the weekly ad will take you a long way. I’m going to give some general tips and then post some links to coupon sites.
I’m using Christmas as an example since I celebrate it, but the tips and tricks can be applied to any holiday.
- Like when you’re buying the holiday gifts, planning is everything. If you haven’t planned anything then you’re going to end up overspending, miscalculating dishes for the amount of people present, multiple and unnecessary trips to the shops.
- Start planning any dinners/lunches where your extended family will attend at least 3-4 weeks in advance. Plan what dishes you will be serving, what the ingredients are and how much you need to make of each dish.
- Remember to plan for the side dishes, condiments, snacks, sweets and drinks! It’s easy to remember mustard when you sit there at the dinner table and want some.
- Lists are everything! Make lists of what you need to buy and group the ingredients after what type of food they are, for example:
- Baking goods
- When you make the lists, make sure to separate them buy shop chain as well! Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Walmart, ICA, COOP, you name it!
- Will anyone be staying be staying with you, other than your closest family (spouse and children)? They need food too!
- Will it be a buffet, formal dinner or a regular meal? Each have their own advantage, but I’d recommend some type of buffet.
- If you choose to have a buffet, first decide on what dishes you’re going to be serving or assign a dish to each guest (if you’re having them). If guests are bringing some of the dishes, you all save on food!
- Shops usually start marketing their Christmas food at least 6 weeks before Christmas. Take advantage of this and start buying what you know you need. Some things we always have at Christmas, every single year, so why not buy them now and tick them off your list?
- Always check the weekly ads in the shops closest to you! More often or not they have one or two Christmas foods on sale every week leading up to Christmas, make sure you buy them and always buy the full allowance. For example: you have a baked ham on your Christmas table and one week your shop allows you to buy 2 good sized hams for 10€. It’s one purchase per household. Buy those two hams, even if you know that you’ll only eat one. You can cook the other one too and have dinners and lunches for a rather long time after, if you freeze it.
- Remember that manufacturers often put out a lot of coupons for their products during the holidays, since they want you to buy their products. Take a few coupons and save them. You should of course use some of them for the items that you need at the moment, if it gives you a good price, but after Christmas the shops often drops their prices to make room for new products. That means that you can score some incredible deals, and even freebies or money makers, if you took a couple of extra coupons when there were some.
- If your shop allows overage – use it to buy the things that you can’t get coupons for
- READ YOUR WEEKLY ADS LIKE IT’S THE BIBLE, PEOPLE!
- Take a couple of hours to surf around for coupons and discounts and print as many coupons as you’re allowed.
- Your shops usually have some kind of loyalty card. Make sure to sign up for that. That way you get instore coupons, deals and rebates. The instore coupons can be combined with a manufacturer’s coupon and make a product free, close to free or a money maker.
Coupons.com (US): https://www.coupons.com/
Grocery Coupon Network (US): https://www.grocerycouponnetwork.com/
Be frugal (US): http://www.befrugal.com/printable/restaurant/
Retail me not (US): https://www.retailmenot.com/coupons/fastfood
Coupon Mama (UK): https://couponmamauk.co.uk/
Money Saving Experts (UK): http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/supermarket-coupons
Extreme Couponing (UK): http://www.extremecouponing.co.uk/
Extreme Couponing & Deals (UK): https://excoupuk.com/
Super Savvy me (UK): https://www.supersavvyme.co.uk/offers/coupon
Hot UK deals (UK): http://www.hotukdeals.com/groceries
Hip2Save (US): http://hip2save.com/
Southern Savers (US): http://www.southernsavers.com/
I went to the shop today and got the best deals of this week! I was supposed to get ecological yogurt as well, but they were out and won’t have any until tomorrow, so I’m going back then. I also bought the wrong brand of soda, I accidentally bought the one that wasn’t on sale – so I need to change that as well.
Not everything I bought is in the picture, but almost. This week I got:
- 2 bags of spaghetti for 10kr/bag (1kg/bag) (1€/bag)
- 2 packs of chicken nugget from Max. These are DELICIOUS, buy them if you can – they are terrific! They only cost 35kr/box (3.50€/box)
- 2 toothbrushes, 2 for 15kr (1.50€/2)
- 1kg ecological carrots 10kr (1€)
- Soda 5kr/bottle (50 cents/bottle)
- 2 loaves of bread 10kr/loaf (1€/loaf)
This will last me a while, along with the other food I bought last week.
This is a recipe that was very cheap this week, since all the ingredients were on sale. I love this sausage recipe, it’s also cheap and you get a lot of food from just one large sausage. I got 7 portions off of one. All of the ingredients cost about 2,50€ and with 7 portions, 1 portion is about 35.7 cents! If you add some of the pasta I got on sale too, then 1 portion is about 50 cents. That’s 3.50€ for all 7 portions – a true bargain!
1 falukorv (large sausage)
2.5 dcl cream (one cup)
75 gr grated cheese
1-2 teaspoons soy sauce
Salt & pepper
1. Take the skin of the sausage if it has one that’s removable.
2. Make incisions in the sausage like the picture above shows.
3. Put mustard and tomato purée in the incisions.
4. Salt and pepper the sausage. Then put it in a deep oven safe glassware.
5. In a separate bowl, mix the cream with salt, pepper, the soy sauce, mustard and tomato purée until well mixed.
6. Pour the cream mix in the deep glassware.
7. Put the grated cheese over the sausage.
8. Bake the sausage in a preheated oven (225 Celsius) for about 25-30 minutes.
9. Serve with pasta or mashed potatoes.
ENJOY this cheap meal!
I’ve started making a list of topics that I’ll be writing about and I’ve gotten quite a few down so far – so I thought that I would share them with you. Of course there’ll be more posts than the ideas, but it’s a start.
- Saving when you shower
- Dumpster diving
- “Stealing” soap from hotels
- Cheap food that is about to expire in the store
- Eating out cheap
- Saving water while on the loo
- How to eat cheaply but still eat good and getting all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
- Vitamin pills
If you have a specific topic that you’d like me to write about, then write me a comment and I’ll see what I can do.
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I just thought I’d write something really quick before going of to work.
I created this blog almost two months ago and then forgot about it up until a few days ago, when I decided to start it again – seriously. I’ve been setting up an Instagram account, a Twitter account and a Youtube channel, and I’m planning my next few blog posts so bear with me.
I’d also like to point out that English is my second language, so if there’re any grammar errors, spelling errors etc. – that’s why, but please let me know and I’ll correct them. I won’t be offended if you tell me in a nice way.
My goal is to get a nice camera and start recording videos as well of my weekly shopping, but for Instagram I’m just going to use my iPhone.
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Thanks for today and I’ll be back later this week with a proper blog post.