3 Steps to start using coupons
So you want to be an extreme couponer huh? Well, here is what I want for you all to do. FORGET what you have seen on other shows. Learning to coupon takes time, patience and more time. I say this because it takes time to build a stockpile. Unless you already have piles of coupons you have been holding, you will not have that coupon that is in a previous insert. Once I built my stockpile (Which took a couple of months) I was ready to roar into the next step. Here are 3 tips to help you get started.
1. Know Where to Find Coupons:
-Weekly paper – these are inserts that vary each week in your Sunday paper. Inserts are from Smart Source, Red Plum and/or P&G. I like to get mine at the Dollar Store.
-Printable Coupon – See all the top printable coupons sources:
-Catalina Printouts – these are coupons that print at your store after checkout
-Magazines – Look for magazines with coupons. There are many magazines that contain coupons including Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, Better Homes & Garden Magazine and even Shape magazine have some great coupons
-Tearpads/Blinkies – These are coupons that are found in store. You can find them on displays or hanging from the shelf.
-eCoupons – eCoupons are coupons that load onto your store loyalty card or your smartphone. They are deducted at the register when you make a qualifying purchase. See more HERE
2. Know When to Use Coupons:
-Wait to use your coupons when the items go on sale is the secret to saving the most money. Don’t waste your coupons on full price items. Hang onto them for the lowest price sale and then use that coupon. If you wait for that item to go on sale, you are able to get it at it’s the lowest price, combined with a coupon and even a store promotion.
-Sales on products usually run in cycles of about 8-12 weeks. Also, sales follow cycles of holidays and events throughout the year. For instance, snack and finger foods always go on sale around Super Bowl and candy goes on sale in February for Valentine’s Day.
3. Stock Up
Most people feel that having too much Toothpaste is hoarding. I used to tell my husband that it is not hoarding, its stockpiling. If it becomes too much, I will donate to my local food pantry or give it to friends and family. It is no skin off my back because I DO NOT ever pay for Toothpaste. Stocking up does not mean turning your house into a mini market but it does mean having a stock of items that will last your family about 3-6 months.
Also, check out The Stacking Coupons Guide