The Lazy Couponer: How to Save $25,000 Per Year in Just 45 Minutes Per Week with No Stockpiling, No Item Tracking, and No Sales Chasing!
“Have you ever received a standing ovation at the cash register? I have.”—Jamie Chase
If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the world of coupons—and guilty that you can’t seem to nail the “system” to save money—kick back with Jamie Chase, couponing teacher and savvy shopper whom Brian Williams of NBC’s Nightly News dubbed “the Master.”
The system is simple: there’s no chasing all over town on a single shopping trip; no stockpiling of items you don’t need; no weekly tracking of item prices, driving you to buy what you don’t need simply because there’s a sale.
Chase instructs readers on where to find coupons, how to use them, where to get the most bang for your buck, and how to start thinking like a couponer every time you make a purchase. Sound too easy? With a little practice, you’ll see the savings rolling in while you live your life—stress-free and thousands of dollars per year richer!
should be sorted into food and non-food groups before sending. ONE SHALL STAND, ONE SHALL FALL Sisters Heather and Janet were competitive about couponing and shopped at most of the same stores. Having both taken my class, they set out each week to beat each other in overall savings. Before Halloween, their favorite store’s price-scan machines printed out one-day coupons good for $5.00 off Halloween decorations or costumes. Two days after Halloween, when all holiday products had dropped in price
Nectars® (both Dr. Pepper Snapple brands). That would bring your out-of-pocket costs down to $12.00. That’s $12.00 before you receive the $10.00 in CAT Qs, good for anything you purchase next time at the store! You bought $25.00 worth of items for $2.00! Now do you see why I love Catalinas? When CAT Qs are not general dollar-off OYNOs, the coupons can be restrictively for your purchase of select items like meat, seafood, poultry, or health-care items, as shown here. Other times, OYNOs are for
grocery store tabs. How does that work? Let’s say you live in Pennsylvania and you want to know what CATs Giant Eagle® grocery is offering this week. You can go to A Thrifty Mom (www.athriftymom.com) to check her list. Simply go to the grocery tab and click on the Giant Eagle button. Then you’ll be linked to the week’s deals and any current CATs, along with matching coupons. The information will be listed among other sale information like this: $3 OYNO WYB 6 Pillsbury® Products Below: Golden
Aquafina® 2 dozen Eggland’s Best® Natural eggs 2 gallons Garelick Farms® Natural skim milk 3 Chobani® Greek yogurt (4) Robert’s Pirate’s Booty Newman’s® Organic Herb spaghetti sauce 14.5 oz College Inn® low-sodium broth 12 pk Sargento® Colby Jack cheese sticks (2) 64 oz Tropicana® Pure Premium® Low Acid orange juice Slow-cooked chicken soup (3) Lay’s® chips 1lb unsalted butter (2) M&M’s® Lifesavers® Gummies pouch (2) 12 pk Coke Zero® (2) 20 oz Coke Zero 12 pk Diet Sprite®
rebates I ever bother to take advantage of. The first is the one where you mail a receipt to Proctor & Gamble showing $25.00 worth of purchased products, and they’ll mail you “A Year of Savings” coupon booklet. The other is Rite Aid®’s SCR program. Every month, Rite Aid® releases an SCR circular, called the Rebate Directory, outlining each of the month’s many rebates and defines the time period in which the products must be purchased. Sometimes you must buy the items on a single day, most times