When a family member or friend is moving into a new home, a couponer can provide gift baskets from their stockpile. While assisting the new homeowner in the building up the pantry, it is best to determine which categories you want to concentration on first.

Try providing smaller themed gift baskets. One package could be an Italian night with noodles, sauce and spices. Another could be a beauty basket with shampoos, conditioners, lotions and makeup.

One more basket could be household items and cleaning supplies ranging from laundry detergent to furniture polish.

Just a side note — just because you can purchase products that are inexpensive and almost free, you do not have to give your entire stockpile away. Look at the true value of the items.

If you have a family member or friends in need, the best thing you can do is to teach them to coupon in order to build a pantry full of products for themselves and their family.

When teaching the new homeowner your couponing skills, it is best to provide them with coupons and the sale ad for the week. Take them to the store and show them the easiest transaction. New couponers are usually nervous when they checkout.

Take a few extra moments to explain the different types of coupons and the value of matching sales with coupons.

Teach the new homeowner that if they coupon, even if it is starting small, the process can provide extra savings and the opportunity to use the savings somewhere else in their new home.

Remember, as you save money with couponing, make sure you take advantage of your savings with the 52-week money saving plan. This is the 10th week of the year.

You should place $10 into your savings program. This would leave a new savings balance of $55 toward your year-end goal of $1,378.

Walgreens

Colgate Toothpaste $6/2, use two coupons from Smart Source 02-25 $2, Final Price: $2. Then receive bonus points, 4,000 equals $4, plus everyday points 10 cents Money maker $2.10 on rewards card. You can use points to pay and still get points on the deal.

Boost Nutritional Drinks $8.99, buy one get one 50 percent, buy four packages $26.98, two coupons from Red Plum 01-07 $7/2, Final Price: $3.25 each. Then receive bonus points, 4,000 equals $4, plus you can use points to pay and still get points on the deal.

Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers 18-36 package $18/2, use two coupons from Smart Source 02-25 $2, Final Price: $7 each.

Angel Soft Bath Tissue 9 rolls $3.49, store coupon 50 cents, Red Plum 03-04 50 cents, Final Price: $2.49.

Tidy Cats Litter $9.99, Smart Source 03-04 $2, Final Price: $7.99.

CVS

Colgate Max $3.49, Smart Source 02-25 $2, Final Price: $1.49, then receive $2 Extrabuck.

Food City

Fantastic Friday Event Sale includes Pick 5 for $14.99 Mix or Match on specially marked meat items.

Nabisco Snack Crackers event price $1.79, Smart Source 02-11 75 cents/2, Final Price: $1.42 each.

Hormel Chili event price 99 cents, Smart Source 03-04 75 cents/2, Final Price: 62 cents each.

ALDI

Weekly Sale Selected Produce Mix or Match saving buy five In single transaction for $10.

Strawberries 99 cents package

Red grapes 99 cents pound

Large avocados 69 cents each

Cantaloupe 99 cents each

California mandarins 3-pound bag $2.69

Food Lion

Buy 5 Save $5 Mix and Match on participating items

Birds Eye Voila Dinners event price $2.49

Hildred Lewis is a bargain hunter and purchaser. Visit her online at www.facebook.com/hildredcoupons.easily.

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