Quickview: New To Couponing

So, you want to know how to coupon without the whole long description and details of exactly what to do? Well, I guess I can work out something for you. I do advise you read my “New to Couponing” series, but I understand why you might not want to. Below will be a small recap of everything I’ve explained in the article I’ve linked before. If you have any questions, or don’t understand anything – please check out the “New to Couponing” series before contacting me with your question. It was will be more than likely addressed there. Also, the full article includes a lot of examples and scenarios that might help you understand a little better. Check it out. ;] Thanks.

  • Getting the coupons – There are loads of resources to receive coupons. Your Sunday newspaper is the first, and quick resource. Other places will include: Online Coupons, Coupon Sellers, Printable Coupons. Otherwise there are loads of websites online that you can find that offer coupons.
  • Getting lots of coupons – The more coupon inserts you have, the better. Check out the Insert Schedule to figure out when you might want to buy extra newspapers. Best idea is that you stockpile everything so you don’t ever have to pay full price for an item.
  • There’s more to it than handing over coupons and shopping – You continuously buy it when it’s on sale, stock up, and continue to stock up when its on sale again. That way, you never run out and never have to waste extra money buying it when you’re low, paying full price.
  • Make a list of your stores – You’re going to want to write down a list of all the stores you plan on shopping. Now, no leaving any out just because “they’re too expensive” or “they never have good deals” because sometimes those stores are where you’re going to find the best deals. If you’re interested, I’ve compiled some information regarding a few stores in my area – Pick ‘n Save, Target, Walgreen’s, Walmart, and KMart. If you’d like to find out more about these stores, their policies, and much more please read my Store 101 article.
  • Learn the rules of the trade – Every store has a coupon policy, your job is to find out what the policy is. You can look at a lot of websites that have had people ask the stores and then posted their policy. Your best way to receive the coupon policy for a specific store is to go there directly! Every store is different!
  • Get the weekly ads – Whether you get them online or in your Sunday newspaper, you’re going to need to know whats on sale! Your best bet is to have the ads on hand prior to going to the store so you can deal match before even leaving your house. You won’t have to struggle with coupons when you’re at the store now.
  • Storing your coupons – I personally use a photo album and categorize my coupons that way. You can use the “binder system”, photo album, envelopes, index card box, or an accordion file folder. You need to find a system that works for you. Not everyone can use the same system. A lot need more organization than others. Give a bunch a try – It is very important to be organized! Otherwise, you’ll miss out on a lot. Think of coupons as free money, you wouldn’t just throw away money, would you?

I use a coupon binder currently to find out how I use a binder please read my Coupon Binder How-To Guide

  • Check Unadvertised Sales – Many stores will have monthly, unadvertised sales that they will not post online nor in the store. The only way to find these is to go out and see the tags on the shelves.
  • Check for in-store coupon programs – If the store offers ‘in-store coupons’ they usually will accept both the instore coupons AND the manufacturers coupons, at the same time, for one product.
  • Watch the cashier – Make sure they’re scanning every coupon, and that everything adds up at the end.
  • Don’t let the cashier tell you “one item per coupon” means you cannot use multiple coupons – If the coupon states “one coupon per purchase” that means 1 item per 1 coupon. Unless the coupon states; “One item per person, per household, per visit” that means ONE coupon.

Like I stated before, in my indepth article you can find out a lot more. There are a lot of examples, scenarios, and great information there. If you have any questions, please check it out before asking any questions. Thank you.