A Beginner’s Guide to Couponing

Update originally posted June 13, 2018

Guide to Couponing – Add-On

Be smart about your couponing and only search the items you know you are going to use. This especially goes for grocery coupons and the items you and your family consistently use. Grab all the ads you will use at your local stores or purchase your local newspaper. You can always skip buying the paper and just stick to the free ads they are usually the same as in the newspapers.

The cool thing about coupons now days is that you can do all your shopping online and have the coupons automatically applied at checkout for all your favorite store like Target, Walmart, Safeway, and Albertsons.

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Are you ready to start couponing? If you are someone who has thought about it or are starting the process now, below are 5 great tips on how to begin your couponing experience.

    • Stay organized
      When couponing, a common frustration is having an abundance of coupons, and no organization to them. The lack of organization is what causes many to give up. A quick fix to this is going out and purchasing a binder with sleeves. By having a specific couponing binder, you can organize your coupons by store, products, and use.

 

    • Be open to change
      An essential part of saving money is being open to different brands and retailers. Not every brand is going to offer the same deal as others. It is up to what you think is worth saving money on or spending the extra bucks for a different brand. Another change that is worth mentioning is specific store policies. Not all retailers have the same policy or coupon restrictions, so it is worth it to look at those ahead of time and take note of what your preferred store allows.

 

    • Take time to search
      Couponing takes time to be successful. However, it does not need to take several hours. Many of those who coupon spend from 30 minutes to an hour each week searching through newspapers, coupon sites, and other sources to find the best deals for what they need.

 

    • Only buy what you need
      A big issue with some shoppers is buying things that they do not necessarily need, but purchase because it is on sale. There is a difference in shopping for groceries for the week or month and shopping for dozens of toilet paper packages that you will have around for the rest of your life. It is smart and resourceful to buy in bulk, but only if what you buy can be used up within a reasonable amount of time.

 

    • Have fun
      The most important part of couponing is to have fun while doing it. If it starts to feel like a chore, your interest and productivity will decrease. The overall goal of it is to help you save your hard earned money, and who doesn’t love to do that? So pick up a binder, schedule an hour out of your week, and start clipping those coupons.

 

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