Couponing 101: 3 Tips to Improve Your Skills

A lot of people may think couponing “takes too much time” or “won’t save me that much money.” We have the three tips that will prove those people wrong. Couponing can be a simple, 1-2 hour activity during the week. This simple, money-saving activity will make your grocery store visits more efficient and keep you from spending beyond your budget. And if you aren’t the most seasoned coupon enthusiast, no worries! Below are some insightful tips to help you get started and maximize your savings.

Stay Organized

Finding an occasional coupon in the newspaper or online is great. However, it won’t save you as much money as if you set a few hours aside each week to actively coupon. Collect your newspaper coupons, online deals and more in one sitting. This way you’ll fully understand what the best deals will be that week. To make this simpler, it may be best to start with a few stores a week. A calendar can help to track prioritized items for each week so you don’t overbuy or forget what you need.

A coupon organizer will be your best friend. These books arrange your coupons in an order that makes sense so they’re ready to use and easy to find. Coupon organizers can be as simple as a three ring binder or a folder with multiple pockets. Get creative by making your own coupon organizer with colors and patterns. A bin for all your newspapers and flyers will also help you declutter without discarding valuable coupons.

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Learn Your Store’s Price Cycle

There are two methods for grocery shopping. One way is to shop for what you need or want and the other is to shop for what you use. The latter is the best way to save money. You’re buying with the store’s price cycle – the rise and fall of store item prices. If you purchase products with coupons when the price is very low, you’ll be saving the most amount of money. Noticing when certain items go on sale and when the prices rise may take a while. However, it’s worth the investment. Once you learn the cycle, you’ll become more comfortable with holding on to coupons, rather than using it right away. Coupons are usually released when the item’s price is high. So if you wait a week or more, the products price will go down and the coupons will save you more!

Combining coupons is another great way to shop smarter. Use store coupons released by your local grocery store with manufacturer coupons that can be redeemed at any store. If you’re cutting coupons from newspapers, don’t forget to save them for later use. Your newspaper archives will be handy when unexpected items are needed.

Keep Focused While Shopping

Your job isn’t over yet once arriving at the grocery store! Pay close attention to what you’re buying while shopping. Only bring the coupons you need to avoid overbuying. Look up from your coupons and grocery list once in a while to notice the in-store deals. Maybe stray away from your plan to save money on a great in-store deal. Also, make cautious choices about foods that you could prepare yourself. For example, don’t purchase chopped lettuce when you can chop a cheaper, equally delicious head of lettuce at home.

To collect more deals, make sure to present your store card time every time you purchase groceries. Grocery store rewards cards have great savings and benefits with almost no effort. Finally, always take home and store receipts so you can add to your coupons for the next week!

Couponing is about feeling satisfied with the amount you saved, rather than worrying about what you didn’t. However, taking the couple hours a week to plan and organize will always keep your couponing on track. Now it’s time to get snipping, clicking and saving!


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