Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t require an immense amount of skill to become a professional couponer. With a little patience and a touch of savviness, you’ll be clipping coupons and saving money before you know it. To get started on your successful journey of couponing, check out these beginner’s tips.
Find coupons. You’ll first need to determine where your coupons can be found. Depending on where you live, they will pop up in three main places:
- Store flyers
- Local newspapers
- Coupon websites or apps (The Krazy Coupon Lady, Passion for Savings, Hip 2 Save, Smart Source)
Organize your coupons. Instead of stuffing them into an envelope and sorting them out upon your arrival to the grocery store, invest a few dollars into a coupon organizer. Using this handy device will allow you to categorize your coupons, and easily keep track of those that have expired.
Before you head to the store, make a list. This is the best favor that you can do for yourself. Making a list (and sticking to it) won’t just make your trip to the store quick and easy, but it will also help you to avoid impulse purchases.
Ask for a rain check. When you have a coupon for an item that isn’t there, or if an item is on sale but isn’t on the shelf – don’t give up! Ask the cashier or customer service rep. for a “rain check,” which puts you on the list to get the sale price when the item arrives – even if the sale has ended.
When all else fails, Google. There are going to be days when you can’t be bothered with clipping coupons, but you still need to shop. Simply type the name of the store or product and “printable coupon” into Google. You’ll find a number of sites that will allow you to download and print coupons instantly!
If you’re not saving money, change where you shop. It’s always important to research where the deals are (and where they aren’t). You might find that there are more coupons applicable to one grocery store, in comparison to another. Be sure to compare prices, as well as the number of coupons that are relevant to your typical purchases.