You have seen the shows where people are saving tons of money and getting products for little to no money. Would not we all love that? I thought it was impossible until I got started in couponing and realized that I too could be stocking my cabinets full of household items for little money. So I decided to help others save money too by putting together 7 Easy Steps to Successful Couponing.
Gather your coupons: This can be done by buying your local Sunday paper for the coupon inserts. You can also get some from neighbors and family to help you get started. Buying multiple papers helps you to build a larger collection quickly. You can get coupons in various locations once you learn the basics.
Clip all the coupons when you first get started. This will insure that you have them all in case you come across a really good deal at the store. There are many ways to 'keep' your coupons but this one is the easiest when you are staring out. There are different theories to this philosophy which will be covered in future articles Clipping or Saving.
Organize your coupons: Organize your coupons into a 3 ring binder with baseball card type plastic sheets. There are several ways to prepare your binder … see article: Preparing Coupon Binder. This binder will become your newest best friend.
Study the sales ads: Study the ads of your local stores to find great sales that match up to your coupons. This seems tedious at first but will get easier with time. There are shortcuts to this step which will be covered in the future article Matching Your Coupons To Stores.
Learn the lingo and Store Policies: You will notice when getting started that there are a lot of acronyms used in couponing. ECB, RR, SS are just a few that you will see when reading through things on the internet. See Couponing Lingo 101. It is also important to know the couponing policy for each store. Print out a copy for your 3 favorite stores so you have them with you if a sales clerk is not up to snuff on the policy themselves. This is key!
Visit websites: Visit the websites of your favorite stores in order to find Store Coupons that match your manufacturer coupons. They can be used together for added savings at most stores. This is called Stacking Your Coupons. You can also visit the manufacturers websites and Facebook pages to get added coupons.
Go to the store and try it out! This is probably the hardest step for me because I was very nervous and excited when I did my first few transactions. It may be easier for you to take a friend or family member with you the first few times so that you get more comfortable with coupling. Always take your coupon binder with you just in case there are additional items on sale that you have a coupon for to save money.