How to Start Using Coupons
I get the question “Where To Get Coupons?” or “How do you start using coupons?” a lot so I wanted to provide some tips on where to get coupons, how you can organize them and start using them to help you save.
I also asked my Facebook fans what couponing questions they had (and received some great questions!) and one of the main questions was how to start couponing. How can you save at the grocery store? How do you extreme coupon? How can you maximize your savings with coupons?
I know many of you are new to couponing (especially after watching Extreme Couponing) and so I want to help you out with some couponing basics.
So, How Do You Start Using Coupons?
1. The first step is to start to collect coupons. Where can you do that? The easiest way is from your Sunday newspaper. Each weekend, there will be between 1-5 coupon inserts available. Those inserts usually are the Smart Source, Red Plum, P&G (once a month), or General Mills. Each week, I post a preview of the coupons, so you can decide if you want to buy additional papers that week.
Do you need to buy additional papers? No – and usually I don’t because I have found different ways of getting more inserts. You can check out my 10 Tips to Increase Your Coupon Stash for some ideas.
The other main way to get coupons is by printing coupons. Not only are there great printable coupon sites available (Coupons.com, SmartSource, RedPlum, etc), but many companies release printable coupons on their Facebook page or direct website.
2. Use the Coupon Database to find coupons that you want for products that are on sale at your local store. The database tells you if a coupon is available, the expiration date, any limitations, and where you can find that coupon. You can also read how to make your own coupon match-ups HERE.
3. Organize your coupons so that you can use them when you need them. There are many different ways to organize your coupons, and I have a couple different ways that I’ve done it – with a coupon binder or a coupon folder.
If you are looking to purchase an organization system, you can find some nice deals HERE.
Confused by all the Coupon Lingo? Here’s an explanation.
Hopefully this has given you a good start, I have more questions that I will be answering as well. If you are confused by anything or have a specific question, please feel free to leave me a comment or contact me so that I can help you. Until then – have fun couponing!
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