February 10, 2010

Giveaway Winners: CouponMom.com's Book

Thanks to all who entered for a chance to win the Coupon Mom's new book, The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bill in Half.

So many of you are already self-proclaimed "varsity" couponers! I love hearing that because that means you're "making" more money for your family by keeping that money in your pockets by saving with coupons.

For those of you still learning how to shop strategically with coupons (and even the varsity shoppers), these were some of the hurdles you listed:

-> Stores lacking a printable, comprehensive, corporate coupon policy.
I agree - this can be maddening if the stores in your area are "coupon-resistant". Best bet? Contact customer service by email and request a policy or a link to a policy (if one exists), then print whatever you get back. Think paper trail, peeps.

-> Couponing vocabulary/acronyms.
It's easy for me to forget how couponing has it's own language of terms; I have a post in here somewhere with a glossary to help those of you still marching up the learning curve. Found it! (Can you say time to re-organize this site?!) Read my Couponing Terminology post and please feel free to ask questions in the comments!

-> Keeping coupons organized.
This is a biggie, too, and really, you gotta do what works for YOU. I'm a "file by insert" kind of girl, meaning I label all my inserts and then file them by week (oldest in the front, newest in the back) in an expandable file folder. When I make my lists (based on sales + matchups), I pull and clip the coupons I'll need. But some couponers clip all their coupons and then either file them in a box (peeps, I'd need a BIG box!!) or in a binder (filled with clear baseball card sleeves). You really have to try a couple systems and then stick with what works for you. The biggest tip I can give you is discipline -- make keeping your coupons organized a weekly habit no matter what system you pick.

Onto the winners of the book!

#23: Ellen C.

#36: Mary

Congrats! I'll contact you by email shortly to get your shipping information. Please be sure to check your spam/bulk folder just in case the filters kick my email to the curb!

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