I've always lived by the (1) set of coupon inserts per person in your family philosophy, but recently, I read that you should acquire coupon inserts in multiples of two. Then, you will have the right combination of coupons to take advantage of a Buy One Get One sale.
You don't always have to buy every paper yourself. Here is how I get my inserts each Sunday. We have three in our family - my husband, teenage son, and myself.
- Early Sunday Edition - I buy a paper on Saturday to write the Post-Dispatch Coupon Preview. I also like to look at the Sunday ads early.
- Paper Subscription - Reading the paper has always been part of my life - shower, brush teeth, read the paper.
- Neighbor - My neighbor doesn't coupon, so she give me her inserts. I make sure I pass on a few freebies her way.
- Spend RR or ECBs - I'm going to try and get in the habit of buying my fourth paper with my "earnings" form the drugstores.
I've been able to grow a nice stockpile, keep my family feed and cleaned, the dog feed, and the house cleaned, with a $50 weekly budget and 3-6 sets of coupon inserts a week. As a bonus, I'm never tempted to clear shelves of something my family doesn't eat, because I don't have that many coupons.
Your turn. I would love to hear from readers how many inserts they are looking to acquire each weekend, where they get them, and how many in their families. Or, any other tips about how you acquire inserts.