I started couponing in May 2010, below are a list of things to get you started. These steps will make your life easier and are things that I had to learn the LONG way.
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*PICK UP YOUR SUNDAY PAPER EVERY WEEK BUY A MINIMUM OF 2 PAPERS*
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Create an email account that is strictly for couponing, freebies and junk mail
Create a facebook page linked to the above email address to receive all freebies and coupons.
Set up the autofill feature on your computer. This will save you time so you don't have to reenter your mailing info each time you submit for a free sample. I love this feature.
Buy a plastic bin to put your coupons in. Each week when you receive coupon inserts put a post-it on the front with the date, so when I say 8/29 P&G you can go to your bin and pull out the Aug 29 insert to find the matching coupon. I also have a coupon binder that I always take with me whenever I leave the house. Click here for more info on how to organize your coupon book, plus a look at mine. Then click here to see what happens when you don't stay organized.
NEVER THROW OUT A COUPON. I've found myself swimming through spaghetti in the trash searching for a coupon I never in my life would've wanted until I realized I was getting a free product and free to me means anything less than $0.50.
When you see a coupon that you like buy multiple papers...Ask your friends and co workers for their papers don't be ashamed you are saving money.
Never use your coupon the week you receive it that product will go on sale within a month.
When using printable (Bricks) coupons, hit the back button a few times to print twice.
Sign up for the free samples I post because companies usually send high value coupons along with the sample and it's a great chance to try a new product.
It will take you at least a full month of saving coupons to become a savvy shopper, so be patient. Once you see the savings you will never go back to paying retail again.
Never photocopy printable coupons!!! It's illegal.
Never clear the shelf, be courteous and leave some product on the shelves for others to enjoy.
Just because you have a coupon doesn't mean you need to use it. Using a $1 coupon on a $12 item is not saving there are ways to get the item down significantly in most cases. My rule of thumb is never pay more than $1 on toothpaste, toothbrushes or body wash (yes name brand), and Floss and dish liquid should always be free.
Buy the smallest product your coupon will allow and stock up, so less money will come out of your pocket. Example: You have a $1 Gain dish liquid coupon, the small bottle of Gain is typically on sale for $0.99= FREE with coupon. You want to stock up on this item when the price is low and you have multiple coupons. If you were to buy the bigger Gain you would spend at least an additional $1 out of pocket. As a couponer you want to stretch your dollar. I personally stock enough dish liquid and other stockpile items for a year.
If your store is out of stock (runs out of a product) on a sale item ask for a rain check, so when the item is restocked you are able to return to the store and still receive the sale price for the item even if the sale has ended. The clerk will write up a slip with the name and amount of the product and give it to you.
Click here to learn the difference between "one coupon per purchase" and "one coupon per transaction" which is written on most coupons. Cashiers don't know the difference, but you need to.
Shop with a list and stick to it. I post match ups for Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid every Saturday which lists the product, the price, what coupon you need to use, what you will pay out of pocket and if you will receive MONEY BACK.
Coupons are to always be treated like cash. Stop throwing cash out the window. The money you are saving could be used towards a new car, mortgage payments, your dream house or your tuition.
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