|A Beginner's Guide to Coupons : How to Use Them and Where to Find Them|
Submitted by: Kira @ Tip Hero 03/09/2011 2:20 PM
By now, you've probably seen the extreme cases. Those who consider couponing a full time job. There's even a show about it:
But no matter your opinion on this method of saving money, you don't have to be an "extreme couponer" to reap the benefits and savings that can be had by couponing. Take a look at some interesting coupon clipping facts featured at The Digerati Life:
So you too can benefit from using coupons without going nuts or devoting ridiculous amounts of time to your efforts. And the best part about couponing is that you can determine how much time to spend doing it and to what extent you'll be a "couponer." Let's take a look at some methods for achieving your money-saving goals (today, with a focus on grocery coupons).
How to Be A Successful Couponer
Have you seen videos and news stories like the one above from Consumer Reports but are still unsure of how to get begin reaping similar benefits? Here are a few tips to help you get started:
Keep Your Coupons Organized
Firstly, to be a true couponer, you'll need to find a way to keep organized. Here are things you'll need to do and locate while you put together your coupon organizer. Once you've gotten it together, be sure never to leave home without it. You never know when it will come in handy!
Find Stores With Generous Coupon Policies
Finding stores that double coupons is key if you're looking for optimal savings. Unsure of which stores will double coupons? Take a look at this helpful list from Frugal Living to locate qualifying stores in your area.
Wherever you shop, make sure you become aware of your local stores' savings programs and policies before you take your grocery trip. You don't want to miss out on potential savings just because you weren't aware of how a certain store operates.
Match Up Sales With Coupons
Make an effort to hold onto your coupons until the store has reduced the price of the item to save even more money. There are many sites that do the tedious work of matching up coupons every week. Read on to learn about some of those sites.
Don't Buy Things You Don't Need
One of the main downfalls that coupon users encounter is the lure to buy things they don't really need just because they have a coupon for it. This is where it is helpful to create grocery lists and even price books. Figure out what you need on a day to day basis and base your coupon hunting around those items.
If you find a great coupon and/or sale for something non-perishable that you'll use eventually, buying the item could save you some money in the future. However, if you use a coupon to buy something you wouldn't normally buy, you're actually wasting money. Don't be let yourself be irrationally tempted by the power of discounts! Keep your head about you, stay organized and focused, and think of coupons as cash you can use for the items you need.
Where to Find Coupons:
So once you're ready to fill your organizer with coupons, where do you actually go to find them? There are tons of sites and resources out there that you have at your disposal, however, here are some of my favorites - sites that I can recommend from personal experience:
Coupons don't just exist online, of course. Here are some other resources for finding them:
Couponing takes patience and time. However, it can be an extremely worthwhile pursuit. By investing less than an hour a week into couponing, you too can join the great couponers from around the world in saving up to 80% off of your grocery bill. And when you do accomplish this, it's a great feeling. Trust me.
Additional Sources: Frugal Living, Saving Cents With Sense, The Digerati Life, Consumer Reports
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