New Feature on Money Saving Homeschool Mom

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Image Map New

The image above can be found on the right side of the page, scrolling down a bit. Clicking on individual words or icons within the image takes you directly to those posts!

For example, are you looking for free stuff? Click on “Free Stuff” and all of the freebie posts will be brought up! How about just free music? Click on the word “music” in the image! All of the free music posts will be listed for you without searching for them!

Looking for coupons? Click on the icons to be taken to them!

Or do you want to learn how to be a couponing pro? Click “Couponing 101″ to get started!

Coupon Lingo: Understanding the Coupon Language!

Coupons

Learning how to coupon effectively can be like learning a whole new language! Here are some abbreviations you may come across while couponing:

$/$$ – Spend $$ and get $ off. Ex: $5/$20 means $5 off your $20 purchase
B1G1 – Buy one get one free
BOGO – Buy one get one free
CRT – Coupon that is printed on receipt
DND – Do not double
ECB – Extra Care Bucks, which are earned at CVS
ETS – Excludes trial size
EXP – Expires
FAR – Free after rebate
GC – Gift card
GM – General Mills coupon insert from Sunday paper
IP – Internet printable coupon
MC – Manufacturer coupon
MFR – Manufacturer
MIR – Mail in rebate
MM – Moneymaker, making a profit after coupons & sale
MQ – Manufacturer coupon
OOP – Out of pocket, or how much you pay out of pocket
OYNO – On your next order, or purchase
P&G – Proctor & Gamble coupon insert from Sunday paper
Q – Coupon
RP – RedPlum coupon insert from Sunday paper
RR – Register Rewards, which are earned at Walgreens
SS – SmartSource coupon insert from Sunday paper
TQ – Target coupon
WYB – When you buy
YMMV – Your mileage may vary; deal may or may not work at your store

Have you come across any abbreviations you are not familiar with?

Organizing Your Coupons

There are a few different ways to organize your coupons. The most important thing to remember in organizing your coupons is to find the best way that works for you! Otherwise, you may as well not organize them at all.

How to Organize Your Coupons

Insert Method
Using the insert method, you file the whole insert in a large accordion style notebook, or letter-size file box, using file folders, labeling the tabs with the date the insert was released.

The insert method is probably the easiest and quickest way to file your coupons if you depend on couponing websites to find the best deals for you. For example, (RP 11/1/09) tells you to find a coupon that was released in the Redplum insert on 11/1/09.

This way, you keep your Sunday coupon inserts intact, and only cut the coupons you need, when you need them.

Binder Method
Using the binder method, you organize your coupons into a zippered binder using the clear plastic pages used to store baseball cards.

You file your coupons into the baseball card holders; this way you can flip through all of your coupons quickly and easily to see what you have.

Most binders also contain pockets, which are great for storing your calculator, scissors, pen, and scratch paper.

Box Method
With the box method, you file your coupons into a small box, a recipe box works best, using dividers to organizing your coupons by category.

If you plan on diving heavily into the world of couponing, I would not recommend this method as you quickly outgrow the box, although you could graduate to a small toolbox if you particularly fond of this method.

Accordion Method
The accordion method is similar to the box method, only using a small accordion file to sort your coupons by category.

This method is great for beginner coupons that don’t have many coupons, as you will quickly outgrow the space and need to move to something bigger.

You will need to find which categories work best for you. Here are some examples of categories for organizing your coupons:

Some people will have to use different methods until they find the one that is right for them; I had to. Regardless of your method, make sure you use quality materials!

Which method seems easiest for you?