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Couponing for Beginners

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By Ambro

Couponing can be very simple and does not have to take a lot of time out of your busy week! Use the tips below to get started saving your family money and building a stockpile!! 

  1. Buy a newspaper—at the store or by subscription. Buy 2 for double the savings.
    • Holiday weekends typically do not have coupons in the Sunday paper.
  2. Find and follow a coupon match-up website that you love (www.southernsavers.com is a favorite for the southern region).
    • Southern Savers will allow you to make a list and print it out.
  3. Organize your coupons – file cabinet, clipping, accordion file, etc.
    • Filing the whole inserts vs. clipping all the coupons will save you a lot of time. Simply take the insert from the paper and put in a file cabinet drawer or accordion file by date.
    • The date can be found on the edge of the folded side of the inserts.
    • RP= Red Plum; SS=Smart Source; PG=Proctor & Gamble
    • Add a section for loose coupons you find in the stores, mail, etc.
  4. Sign up for coupons from your favorite brands.
    • Go to their website. Email and tell them how much you love their product(s).
    • Pick up coupons as you go through the store. Save them for the next sale of that product.
  5. Familiarize yourself with your local stores coupon policies, what competitor coupons they accept, and if they have a coupon limit.
    • In most stores, you can stack a manufacturer’s coupon with a store coupon for each item, thus saving more!
  6. Sign up for the store grocery card, newsletter, and e-coupons if your store participates.
  7. Always ask customer service if there are new coupon booklets (particularly at Publix).
  8. Items go on sale approx every 6-9 weeks (might be different brands and at different stores).
    • If you are not brand loyal to an item you can buy at the lowest stock up price. Buy what your family will use in those 6-9 weeks.
  9. Attend a local coupon class (or an online video coupon class) for information on shopping specific stores, etc.  http://www.southernsavers.com/learn/
  10. Look for apps such as ShopKick, Ibotta, and others that “pay” you to shop!
    • Use the savings from these apps to pay off debt, stock up on diapers, buy Christmas presents, or take a vacation!
  11. Start simple and start small!! Couponing is a learning process and you will soon learn what works best for you!

Share your favorite couponing tip in the comments!!

 

**Feel free to comment any questions you may have!**

Jess is a simple Carolina girl finding her way to being a naturally-minded mom and sharing her experiences with the world! She’s always looking for ways to be more efficient with the time, space and money God has given her family. She loves reading, blogging, crochet, spending time with her family, long walks on the beach and a trip to the mountains!