Couponing..


I thought I would share just a little on how I organize my 'coupons'.. and coupon.

Why do I use coupons?
Basically, I enjoy saving money for my family when I can...
on the things we would be buying anyway.
(Things we need and use.. I enjoy a good deal.. but, I don't get a good deal for the sake of getting a good deal)

When I started using coupons.. I actually use to carry a big binder with all my coupons extremely organized.. into many specific categories. However, after a few months.. I realized it took way too much of my time! Live & Learn!
So I stopped that.. :0)

You have to find what works for you.
I just found it was taking too much of my time to keep it organized and up to date.. so I found another way.

I use a small organizer that my mom actually gave me.. I think it was intended for photo's.. but it works great for me.

I use general categories.. such as: Dairy, Household, Snacks, Frozen.. etc.




It has a closure and fits great in my handbag..
so if I see something that I may have a coupon for.. I have them available to look through and only
takes a minute to check.











I like to have it on hand for those 'just in case' deals.. :0)

I actually plan my shopping trips in advance with the Store sale ads, and
I use my planner for this. (which also is small enough to fit in my handbag)

I check out the sales, figure out a menu for the week, see what coupons I have available or what 'deals' are mentioned on the couponing websites that I check out, and then I get my list and coupons together based on all of the above. :0)

My list goes in the back of my planner, and the coupons go right beside my list in a little transparent folder.

(There are a lot of good couponing sites online that will show you the best deals, and for the stores you shop at)





That is basically how I coupon.
That is what works for me, and while it does take some time to match up deals with coupons and so on..
It makes it all worth it when I see that total dropping lower and lower at the end of a transaction.
Yep, gotta love that.. :0)












Sweet & Salty Snack (easy!)




Super Simple n Crunchy Snack.. (sweet & salty)
(I think this is usually called Puppy Chow.)
Well, here is my version of "Puppy Chow"..
I just call it a simple snack. :0)
Ingredients:
8 cups Corn Chex Cereal (or a generic brand of it)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy)
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Pretzels
Melt butter, peanut butter, vanilla, and choc. chips in microwave safe bowl for approx 45 seconds.. until smooth/creamy. (microwave time may vary)
Pour over Cereal and mix thoroughly until it is well coated.


Place coated cereal mixture into a large zip lock baggie with powdered sugar, and shake it around til it is all coated with the sugar.
Then I divide it up into snack size portions (small zip lock bags) and throw in some pretzels as well.
I placed some in the fridge in our "lunchbox drawer" and the extras into the freezer..



Fast, Crunchy, Salty, and Sweet snack!