The Inside Scoop on Couponing

In a world of economic hardships and uncertainties, you have to take hold of every money saving advantage you can.  People are setting up budgets, cutting back on expenses, eating at home and increasing what they put into their savings account.  For those who want to go further and save even more are getting involved in couponing.

While there is such a thing as ‘extreme couponing’, this article is for beginners.  If you are just starting there are some things that you need to know in order to get started on the right foot.  Couponing can save you a lot of money each year if you know how to do it right and if you stick with it.

What every couponer should know:

Manufacturer’s coupons can be used at any store.

Sometimes they may say on it, “only accepted at XYZ Store” but that’s if the manufacturer has a deal going with that specific store.  Other than that, it’s good anywhere.

Take opportunities to stack coupons.

You can stack a manufacturer’s coupon with a store coupon and get and even better deal.

Everyone has stores they frequent.

Get a copy of the store’s coupon policy and read through it.  Make sure you understand not only their restrictions but more importantly, what they allow.  Some people find it helpful to have a copy of the policy with them when they get to the register so they can show the employee in case they have any questions.  You should also check the policy regularly in case they make any changes.

Don’t pay attention to the picture that is on the coupon.

Most of the time the coupon will say somewhere on it that it’s good for any product in that line even though that’s not what the picture is showing.  Always read the fine print on the coupon.

Don’t buy things just because you have a coupon for them.

Getting a deal on something you don’t need isn’t a deal.  The point of couponing is to save you money.  Don’t spend on things you don’t need or won’t use.

The biggest mistake any couponer could make is to not take full advantage of available coupons because you’re embarrassed of what will happen at the register.  While it’s true that there may be times when you have to deal with annoying, unhelpful or even rude cashiers, for the most part, they are excited to help you save money.  It’s always enjoyable to see someone use coupons and save %50 on their purchases.

There are many websites you can go to where you can get help, advice and even tips on the best deals available.  Some of these websites are Couponing 101 and The Krazy Coupon Lady.

Take advantage of this money saving opportunity and learn what you can about couponing.  While it takes time to figure everything out and get your coupons organized, the money you save is worth it.