Couponing has become very popular thanks to television shows like TLCs Extreme Couponing. You can’t go to the grocery store without seeing several women (and some men) with handfuls of coupons and binders trying to navigate and find great deals and save money. To save money, there are some steps you need to follow to make a difference in your wallet.
Here is some information to help you beginning clipping and saving money with coupons:
- Coupons run in cycles, on average every 3 weeks to every 6 months. Some companies offer new coupons every month, some not quite as often.
- You will need to buy enough of an item to get you to the next coupon cycle. Look and see how often you use an item and determine how many you may need for 6 months. That is how many coupons you will need of that item.
- There are sales that are a good savings and then there are sales that are great savings. You will want to stock up on for your pantry during great savings sales and buy what you need to get buy until a great savings sale. To help determine when to stock up, use a site that matches sales and coupons like Bargains to Bounty . They are located in Detroit and can help you match up prices for several different stores, including Meijer and Kroger.
- There are times of the year when it is best to buy certain items. The Krazy Coupon Lady provides this information on their website. Use this as a guide to determine a good time to buy items throughout the year.
Understanding this information is important so that you can get the number of coupons you need for your purchases.
There are a few ways you can get coupons. Purchasing multiple Sunday papers a week, check to make sure coupon inserts are in the papers before purchased. Using an online clipping service, where you pay someone only for the coupons you need or buying whole coupon inserts online. Hosting acoupon swap to trade coupons with friends is also an option.
Tip: Check the Sunday Coupon Preview, to see what coupons are coming out in the paper, to determine if there are coupons you need prior to purchasing the paper or ordering inserts.
Some manufacturers offer coupons on the websites. Several manufacturers also have Facebook pages and will offer coupons on there. Another option is to write the manufacturer directly (online or via mail) and compliment them on their product and request a coupon. Be sure to include your name and address, they will be more inclined to send you a coupon.
By following these steps, you will be on your way to saving money and looking for bargains every time you are in the store.