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Ann Haney: Stockpiling during the holidays

jfelkins • Nov 13, 2015 at 6:00 PM

With all the excitement of shopping and holiday baking, we can get so busy we often forget about the basic staples for everyday life. 

Many times this is when our stockpile can suffer. The cushion we have acquired can quickly diminish as we are caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. 

Manufacturer coupons are often more plentiful and can many times have a higher face value during the holidays than any other time during the year. This can mean some extra savings for stockpile building when you take advantage of them. 

Here are three tips for keeping up the stockpile during the holidays:

• Ad match for ease in one-stop shopping during the holidays to save time. Stores like Target and Walmart will do this. This can often save you a trip to the grocery store, however, be sure you use a higher value coupon if you have one since these stores do not double coupons.

• Use the drug stores’ reward programs to build the stockpile with items like toothpaste, deodorant, shampoos, etc… These items are often highly discounted with close to full or full rewards back for the total price paid. 

Let me give you an example. Crest vivid white toothpaste has a sale price of $2.50. Rewards back include $2.50 plus a $1-off coupon. That creates a profit of $1 on each item purchased. 

NOTE: Rain checks are not given on Rapid Refund items, however, a manager may write you a rain check for the advertised price. In the above case, this would be a great deal. In the end you would pay $1.50 for the toothpaste even without the rewards.

• Continue to purchase the weekly Sunday paper. Buy a minimum of two papers, however, do not purchase more than five. In most cases this is quite sufficient for even a large family. If you need an extra paper or forget to get them on Sunday, stop by the local newspaper office and pick up a copy Monday through Friday. Some newspaper offices have back issues you can stop by and purchase at any time during normal business hours for $1 each.

These tips will help you keep on top of the savings even during the busy Christmas season. Be consistent, determined and committed to your savings! A steadfast shopper can balance the busyness of the season when they remain committed to their goals. 

“And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing,” James 1:4.

Be sure and pick up next week’s Sunday paper for one Smart Source Insert to keep up with the great savings. Don’t forget to glance inside the Parade insert for a possible coupon every week. They often appear.

I will teach the program, “Couponing During the Holidays,” on Nov. 18 and Dec. 16 from noon until 1 p.m. at Greenhouse Ministries in Murfreesboro. 

Ann Haney is homeschool mother of 18-plus years to six children, including four entrepreneurs, ordained minister, CEO of Aaron Publishing, founder of Ann Haney Ministries and Living In Abundance, nationwide motivational speaker, coupon specialist, television host, empowerment coach and bestselling author of 18 published products, including her books, “Exploding Into Successful Entrepreneurship,” “Single Steps In A Married World” and “Changing Your Life Through Couponing Financial Empowerment Series.” Contact Ann at [email protected] to schedule a speaking engagement, individual coaching or view her website for more information at annhaney.com.

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