Think about all the time you spend browsing through Facebook and Instagram, or how long you could watch YouTube videos for. Did you know you could take that time and put it toward saving money? With a little research (see this link) and commitment, it’s easy to begin cutting down what you spend for one of your biggest necessities: groceries. These are some of the best tips for beginners to couponing.
Make Sure You Have the Necessary Materials
You will need certain tools for couponing, including:
- A printer so you can print off coupons
- A computer or laptop
- A binder that has labels or dividers to organize your coupons
- Flyers from stores that advertise deals
- Your local newspaper that has advertisements or coupons
Make Time for Couponing
You’ll need to commit a certain amount of time per week, perhaps even per day, to work on your new hobby. While it should only take an hour or two, you’ll need to make sure you’re consistently couponing. An hour’s work could end up saving you $25 or more.
Find the Best Coupons
There are several resources for deals, and one of the biggest steps is learning how to navigate this. Determine how to find the greatest deals, and check in places such as:
- The store’s website
- Coupon websites
- Apps for deals and coupons
- Flyers from the store
- Your local newspaper
- Bulletin boards
Organize It All
Once you have all your coupons, you need to keep track of which coupon can be used where; this is where the binder comes in, or you can explore options to find the right organizing method for you. Whatever you choose, make sure you label, divide, and sort coupons with pockets and tabs, and put your coupons that are going to expire soon toward the front. When you shop again, simply go through your binder to see if you have a coupon for what you’re planning on buying.
Some Things to Watch Out For
In general, there are some very useful tips to keep in mind as you begin to use coupons. For example, one of the most common mistakes people make is that they allow coupons to lead them to purchase things they don’t need, just for the sake of getting money off. Try hard to stick to only getting what you need. You should also always read the fine print carefully and understand the conditions of the coupon before you try to use it. This way, you’re not stuck in an awkward situation at checkout. In many cases, stores only allow one coupon per transaction, or they don’t allow you to use both the store’s coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon. Checking out will be a breeze–and the shoppers behind you will thank you, too.
You can also prepare before you leave for the store, as well. Conduct price checks; a lot of coupons are for brand names, and although it may seem like you’re saving, the discount or generic brand could be even cheaper. In this case, you know that simply getting the discount brand will save you more. If you love a certain product, you can also contact manufacturers and let them know, or give a shout out on social media. You might get appreciation and some discounts in return!
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