Why would someone want to waste their time cutting coupons? Can it really save that much money? Whether it is because the economy is in a slump or the thought of saving some extra money looks intriguing, there are a lot of good reasons to get into this so-called hobby, but with one very great outcome, which is saving money. This isn’t hard to do and it doesn’t have to require a lot of time. What you put in it is what you get out of it.
The first thing that anyone should do when they are starting out with coupons is to gather them from anywhere and everywhere that can be found. The Sunday newspaper is the perfect place to start. In this area it is the Augusta Chronicle. http://chronicle.augusta.com/ On any given weekend, there may be one or more coupon inserts included. On a weekend where there are two or more inserts, picking up more than one paper is a good idea. Even having people that you know, whether it be family, friends or co-workers, save their inserts for you or trading coupons with them is a good idea. The one thing that no one wants to do is something illegal to obtain coupons, such as paying for one paper out of the newspaper box but grabbing more than one newspaper or stealing the inserts out of the rest of the papers. This is illegal and you can be charged for the full amount of the coupons which can be well over $300 for each set of inserts. Finding coupons in magazines is also a great place. You should be on the lookout in every magazine that you read. When you go to the grocery or drug stores, look for them in the blinkies or red boxes attached to the shelves. When you purchase something, look for coupons stuck to the front of the item or on a hang tag around the bottle neck. Just remember that if you are not purchasing that item, please do not take the coupon. These are for the customer that is purchasing that item that day.
Online is a great place to look for coupons as well. Be careful of downloading every coupon printer because there are some obscure ones that could have a virus attached. The best thing you can do is to stick to the main ones to start out with such as smart source http://www.smartsource.com/smartsource/index.jsp?Link=MKRU3JAAR6CCY and coupons.com http://www.coupons.com/. The main trick is to make sure your virus protection software is up to date to sort out any viruses that could come along with your new hobby. You can print off coupons from these sites, up to two per coupon by hitting the back button after your coupons have finished printing and resending the coupon to your printer. You can also go online to those manufacturers and companies whose products you use most often and see if they have any coupons linked to their websites or even send them some “fan mail” about how much you like them and request coupons. Make sure to include your email address and street address so that they can send you what they have available.
The main idea is to gather your coupons from as many places as possible so that you have a lot to choose from. Will everyone use every coupon in their stash? By no means will that happen. The main reason for having a larger amount of coupons is that when the sales come around, you more than likely have one or more coupons for what is on sale. Doing this does require that once a month or so your files need to be cleaned out of any expired coupons. This is a great time to teach your children or grandchildren about coupons, dates and numbers. You can have them clean it out for you. If you don’t have children or grandchildren then do your cleaning when you are watching your favorite television program.
No matter what the reason you have for clipping coupons, you have to start somewhere. Start with looking for them everywhere you go and in every newspaper and magazine you read. Clip them, even if it is for a brand that you do not normally use because brand loyalty will not save you the most money when it comes to coupons. Don’t bother clipping coupons for items that you are not going to use unless you are going to give them to someone who does. For instance, if you don’t have babies at home, you would not need to clip diaper coupons. You can give them to someone you know that could use them to keep paying it forward. No matter which way you look at it, coupons are the same as money. That $1 coupon means you have $1 more in your pocket. If you play your cards, or should I say coupons, right you may even get some items for free because of those same coupons. Isn’t that worth the time spent clipping them?