This summer, I'll be teaching two community education courses at Waubonsee Community College: Public Speaking for Career Advancement and The Secrets of Savvy Shopping. Teaching a public speaking course is fine. I've done it before (for credit courses for four semesters) so I'm not worried. Teaching people how to get the deals is new to me, so I'll be bouncing a lot of my ideas and material off of my good readers.
Amanda's Five Fundamentals of Frugal Shopping (doesn't that sound snappy?)
1. Shop sales and use coupons to get the best deal.
2. Take advantage of all customer loyalty programs and rebates whenever possible.
3. Stockpiling: when something goes on sale, buy as many as you can reasonably afford, use and store.
4. Don't bother with brand or store loyalty. Buy the best deal and shop where the deals are.
5. Prepare for each shopping trip with a plan/list and stick to it!
In class, I'll cover the different rules of each area grocery/convenience store, when a warehouse club makes sense (it often doesn't), how to find and organize coupons for maximum efficiency, how to get many items for free or next to free at CVS and Walgreens, and how to tell if the deal is right for you.
Over the next few days, I'll focus on my coupon organization system...because that's where I'm having the most problems. My current system is featured above, and while it worked nicely for several months, it's no longer adequate. I'm working on one a little more Martha-worthy.
Join me as I sort this mess out.