So in my last blog I talked about the wonderful use of the clearance rack. Today’s blog will focus on COUPONS but before I start I would like to ask you a few questions.
What are your shopping habits?
Do you make a list and stick with it (and by this I mean do you write down things when using the last of it) or do you get in the grocery store and the list goes right out the window?
Do you get in the stores and throw things in the cart no matter the cost?
Are you a brand shopper or does the store brand work for you?
Do you shop with your kids: I know that based on circumstance this may not be possible however if you can then by all means leave them home however, just make sure there home to carry the bags in and put it away. And just remember parents the little ones are not to little to carry the bread of something light, LOL! My motto: “You wanna eat then carry a bag”
So, i’m sure your wondering Shawne, what does this have to do with me and what are you talking about so here it goes. This it my little secret….so sssh…listen close and don’t tell anyone.
The first thing I do is make my list.
The second is to look at the sales paper to see what is being offered that week. I have another ? Do you comparison shop or do you just go to one store and your done? If the stores are fairly close check out all the sales so that you are maximizing your dollar.
Thirdly can anyone guess….USE COUPONS. Now i’ve heard the stories I don’t have time for that but here is my response….MAKE TIME!! Once we understand the power of coupons you will become amazed at how much money you can save and here’s just another tip. Take the money your saving no matter how small and put it in a jar and see what you have 6 months later…you might be surprised. Now, there are several places to find coupons such as your local sunday paper and there are tons of online coupon sites. I will share a few at the end. Another way to start your love affair with coupons is to make it a family thing. Get the kiddies involved believe me no matter how small you are starting to teach them another valuable life lesson.
So now that you have your arsenal of things in place your ready to hit the stores so now what do you do? Can anyone guess…come on I know u know the answer….HIT THE CLEARANCE SECTION FIRST……DING DING DING!!! you are correct. Remember this…the clearance section is your friend.
Next find all those super deals you found while browsing the paper and finally here it comes USE ALL THOSE WONDERFUL COUPONS.
So i’m going to breakdown for you the power of an item being on sale and the use of the coupon. So, let’s say your favorite box of cereal usually cost $3.49 and you buy 2 totatling $6.98 but this week it’s on sale for 2 for $5 but you also have a coupon for a $1 off 2 boxes. You just paid $4 for 2 boxes instead of $6.98. Does this make sense?
I hope what I shared here is helpful. Just remember this these life lessons not only relate in life but in business as wells. As parents we become very organized in getting kids up for school, cooking breakfast, making lunches, picking up from school and shuffling off to activities. With all this skills we are on the right road to having a successful business.
To your success,
Shawne “Helping Others Succeed” Perryman
P.S. Coupon sites: