Eating Healthy and Couponing – Is it possible?

Can you eat healthy and still use coupons?

The answer is yes, of course, and here is how I do it:

1. Instead of cutting every coupon from the circulars or printing online, I only keep the ones that I will actually use including personal and household items.

2. I also contact my favorite companies so they include me on their mailing list.  They will occasionally mail you coupons.

3. Organize your coupons in a way that works for you.  I use a little portable picture album with an elastic closure that I found on clearance at Target.  Each sleeve is labeled and it is small enough for me to keep in my purse.

4. Next, I check out the sales at my local stores to see if I can match up the sales with the coupons I have on hand.

Also remember you can stack store coupons on top of manufacturer’s coupons for maximum savings.  If I see that toothpaste is on sale but I don’t necessarily need it I may go ahead and get it.  It depends on the final price after the sale and coupons.

I could use one of the coupon sites that do matchups but I’ve found that the prices vary based on your location so I just look at the circulars online.  This also helps me get the best price on meat and produce since they don’t often have coupons.

I don’t like to go to six different stores to save a few bucks so I just stick with my favorite stores.

5. The next step I do is my meal planning for the week. Meal planning is actually quite helpful for saving money. Before I started meal planning I would buy what I thought I needed and often overbuy.

6. Finally, I make a list of things – food, personal, and household items – to buy from each store.  Then I put the coupons and the list inside of an envelope for each store.  Since I was looking at the circular online I may need to clip a store coupon when I get to the store so if I do I just make a note on my list.

Couponing really doesn’t take that long if you are prepared.  I’m by no means an extreme couponer especially since I don’t buy a lot of processed foods but I do try to stock up my pantry, household, and personal items.

Saving is sexy so I plan on sharing great deals I find with you.  Hopefully you can use those savings to buy something for yourself like a nice relaxing pedicure.  You deserve it.

Do you coupon?  If so, do you have any tips to add?

About the Author: Rita is a wife, mom of two young boys, clean eating advocate, and fitness fanatic. You can follow her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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