Welcome to MilitaryCouponMom.com! I have been couponing hmmm, before that was a commonly accepted word. Or more specifically since I was 16 and had to take over the grocery shopping after my parent’s divorce and my Dad was working a significant amount of overtime. Those lessons learned at a young age and constantly being away from home with being married to a military spouse have taught me one thing…taking the time to save and sort coupons combined with strategically planning out your grocery shopping can save a lot of money every week. The intention of this website is to help show you how I save between $100 and $300 per week by not only seeking out the best grocery prices, but taking advantage of all the coupon opportunities out there when I do a grocery shop.
Military Coupon Challenges
One of the first annoyances I experienced with moving overseas due to my spouse’s work was the lack of Sunday coupons available to use for our grocery shopping! Although a bit
frustrating, I soon learned that the military commissaries let you use coupons up to six months past their expiration date. Talk about a game changer. Of course, you have to know where to get the coupons for the base that you are located or how to sign-up to get them mailed to you! After hunting around a bit, it was fairly straightforward to determine where you could get coupons in my area from families who donate them. Although not the same location or organization on every overseas U.S. base, it is a common practice across commissaries of all services. Combine these military coupon sources (Operation Expired Coupon is one place that you can find out where to send donations if you are back state-side) with other traditional means, and you can easily save up to double or more that you do back in the States without having to spend a lot of money on special offers, newspapers, etc.
How Can You Get Started Saving Money as a Coupon Mom?
I have at least three close friends who never, ever paid attention to coupons until I showed them my one of my recent grocery store receipts where I had saved more than $300. I mean they would not even think about taking a coupon to the store because it was too much effort (or so they thought). For mom’s (dad’s, or singles) the best way to just get started using coupons for your shopping is to first make the decision that you are going to start! Then, determine how you are going to file your coupons after sorting. This step is critical to guard against spouses “cleaning up” your hours of work sorting coupons, a toddler using them as ‘confetti,’ or a teen spilling soda on your hard work while it sits on the dining room table! Then, for your first try just get the Sunday paper and go through the coupons for items that you already purchase or are suitable substitutes for things you use around the house. That’s it. There’s a lot more to it, but you don’t want to overextend yourself when you first get started with saving money using coupons!
As I have time around my 3 year old and soon to be newborn, I will continue with articles that help show you how to plan out your grocery shops, bulk item purchases, and effective use of coupons and special offers to save you and your family a significant amount of money throughout the year.