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Since starting this blog I have been contacted by readers many times with questions about couponing, Frugal Living, Walmart’s policies and procedures, and various other little things.  I figure if one person is wondering about it, there might be others so this will be an on-going feature to answer the most common questions that come up.  If you have a question, add “PastorAarn” on Skype or email me at groceryshopforfreeatthemart [at] gmail [dot] com.

How do you coupon like a man?

I have to admit, this one struck me as a little weird.  I my first instinct was to just leave it alone but maybe there are men out there that want to coupon but struggle with the stereotype that couponing is for women.  If that’s you, let me at least share where my couponing habits are different from my wife’s.

#1 I have a plan

Not that my wife doesn’t plan out her trips but when I go shopping, I’m there to work.  I know what I want, where it is, what coupons I need and I go get it.  I vividly remember my grandmother wandering up and down every aisle, looking for peelies or unadvertised deals. I’d shoot myself if I had to do that.

#2 I don’t meal plan

My wife has a meal plan of what meals she wants to cook and shops around that but not me.  I buy what the deals are and we eat that.  A few week ago we ate pork chops every night for 2 weeks.  We got tired of pork chops but boy we ate cheap.

#3 I act like I’ve done it before

Granted, I have actually done this before.  A lot.  But I’ve seen people hand their coupons over like they are half-expecting to be scolded for daring to use coupons.  Don’t do anything that makes anyone think you are unsure about what you are doing, if you look and act confident then the cashier assumes you know what you are doing.  I have been in many situations where something has gone a little off but the cashier just pushes it through because I look like I know what I’m doing.

Hope that helps!

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