Couponing 101

Getting Started

I started using coupons in 1994 when my first son was born. I saved some money here and there but nothing that made a huge impact on our budget or savings account. A few years ago, the show “Extreme Couponing” was very popular and I was so impressed by the couponers skills!  And more than a little bit jealous of those stockpiles. I decided I was going to learn all I could about couponing, stockpiling and using rebate apps. Below are some posts to help get you started. Watch out it can be addicting!

Tips

Find and Organize Coupons
Coupons are found weekly in the Sunday newspaper (except holiday weekends) they are also found on packages, from on line sites that allow you to print them and through the mail from companies. There are many was to organize your coupons. I think I have tried them all, the cut every coupon and file them method, the binder with plastic sleeves method, the throw them all in a shoebox method and my current way, the insert file organizer method. I like this method the best, it is the least time consuming and I can travel with my file organizer with ease. You can learn about this method HERE.

 Plan your Shopping Trip
Many stores have their sale flyers available in print and  on line.  Take a few minutes to look over your favorite store’s flyer and  circle or write down products that your family uses.  Look through your coupons and see what matches with the items you circled or listed. This is really so important, READ  all the fine print on the coupon to make sure it matches the sale item. Take your list and coupons to the store.

After your Trip
Save your receipt for getting rebates with phone apps like Ibotta, Checkout 51, Receipt Hog and Savings Star.  You can learn all about these phone apps HERE.  Remove any new coupons off packaging.

I hope this helps and remember to relax, it takes time to learn this skill but it is worth it!