LEARNING TO COUPON: SAVING $$$

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My wife has been using coupons for nearly three years now and it has saved us thousands of dollars in that time. Saving all the money you can by using coupons has become very popular over the past year and there are many people picking up on the great deals. I will be honest with you before you go any further. It can be a pain sometimes and it can be very stressful. If you are thinking about it, make sure you educate yourself on the basics. Some people go to extremes and their entire life revolves around saving money with coupons. That is not us. Like most people, I don't have that kind of time. I am going to teach you everything we do as a couple to save this much money.

My wife and I work as a team when it comes to spending coupons. We have two children. This is important because we have a family of four. When you begin using coupons, you are going to find deals that you won't believe. In saying that, you want to make sure you have enough space to store your extra items. Back to the family of four, some of the deals we get involve buying 20 items of the same product. That may sound crazy or pointless, but with our coupon, we get nearly all of them for free. Some items can go bad in a few days and some items can be good for years. The bigger your family is, the more coupons you will be able to use and the more coupons you will find handy. Some of the coupons you get may not be worth anything to you. If this is the case, give it to someone or you can donate them to the troops. I will tell you that later.

I decided to write this article to explain how you can save thousands on your grocery bills with just a little work, education, and time. In saying that, if you plan on investing a lot of time, you still need the same basic rules. At this age and time, the global economy is on the rocks. You may have financial issues. Perhaps, you are unemployed or not able to work. All walks of life can follow these simple steps that I am going to give you.

Many people tend to believe that coupons are only for junk food. That is not true. Pet food, paper products, pop, chips, cleaning supplies, toothpaste, deodorant, and even office supplies all have available coupons. Each year, there is millions upon millions of coupons thrown away with savings totaling billions of dollars. These companies want you to buy their products. They want you to buy their brand instead of the competitor. In return, they offer you plenty of chances to save money by offering coupons.

Our last 5 trips to the store.

FULL PRICE
PRICE WITH COUPONS
TOTAL SAVINGS
$243.90
$145.65
$98.25
$734.56
$296.77
$437.79
$119.24
$68.95
$50.29
$167.36
$106.12
$61.24
$901.38
$205.81
$695.57
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The chart above shows how much money we have saved in the last five trips to the store. What I am about to give you is coupon 101. These are the basic steps to get you started on your way to saving a lot of money. But first, if you can look at the chart, notice the two times that I saved over $400 dollars. On one occasion, I bought items that totaled $734.56. I saved $437.79. In most cases, the more you buy, the more you save. I had to buy the amount that validated the coupon in order to get the others for free. On the other occasion, I saved nearly $700. The point is before you start, you need to learn or write down what you use in your household. See, if you don't like corn for example, why buy it? It wouldn't make sense too. Make a list of everything you use. It is your choice when it comes to similar products for different brands. Personally, I use the coupon that has the better deal. That is how I save a lot of money. You have to take advantage of every coupon you get. If it can be used at your household, get it. You save way more money when you buy in bulk.



  1. GETTING YOUR COUPONS- Well, before you can get started, you have to have coupons. One of the best places to get coupons is the Sunday paper. They are packed high in the Sunday edition of your local paper. There is no law on the amount of Sunday newspapers you are allowed to purchase. This paper has what you need in it, get them. Many people that gather coupons believe that getting extra coupons is wrong. Well, the more you have, the more money you save. If someone gets them because you don't, then that is just less money you will save. There are also coupons located in the store's aisle, so keep a lookout. Many stores offer coupons in their ad pages as well. These are almost always located near the entrance of the retailer. If you don't see any, make sure you ask an employee if they would be able to get you one.
  2. YOU NEED A BINDER- You need to get a binder for all your coupons or you need to create some kind of filing system. The main focus is for you to know what coupons you have and how many of them you have. With the binder, which is the preferred, you can carry it to the store with you. Organization skills is a must have quality when you are using coupons. It also helps out when you are using them at the register to check out. You know yourself, no one wants to stand in the checkout line forever. This is another point in making a list prior to going to the store.
  3. PREPARING AHEAD- It is very important to plan ahead, especially if you are planning to buy in bulk, which is a large quantity of items for a particular type or brand. If you plan on doing so, make sure you call ahead to see if they have enough of the product for the purchase. When you go to the store, you want to make sure you know what you are going for. This makes the entire process much easier. Some people choose to map out the store or what area they shop at the most in the store. It might sound crazy, but it does come in handy. At the least, know which aisle your products are in. This helps save you time and the entire shopping experience will be less stressful. You can go through your binders or files so you know exactly what coupons you have. Make a list prior to your visit to the store so you know everything you will get. This can also give you an idea of how much money you will be saving.
  4. MAKE IT ROUTINE- You really want to make everything a natural routine when it comes to using coupons. You want to get yourself use to saving coupons as well. When it all comes routine for you, the shopping part of it all will be more natural and less stressful. You want to make the Sunday paper a part of your routine also. Whenever you go to a store, make sure you pick up their add for the week. You can also go online to get coupons. The sites are listed below. Every aspect of using coupons can become routine. In the end, it will save you time and money.
  5. ORGANIZATION- As I already stated before, keeping everything organized is crucial. You want to make sure your to have a binder, filing system, or wherever you store your coupons is organized. Make sure you have a general idea of everything you have. This also includes your pantry or your storage areas. You don't want to buy a bulk of something that you already have that has an expiration date, such as food. You also don't want to be at the register unprepared. Make sure you make your list and always have an idea of what products you have back at home.


SEE INSTANT RESULTS

If you follow the basic steps above, you will be on your way to saving money in no time. You do not have to alter your current lifestyle. If you have a partner, ask them to pitch in every now and then. When you go to the stores, keep an eye out for coupons. You will be surprised how many coupons are out there that have no limit. That is probably one of the most asked questions I get. Yes, some coupons have limits, but there is actually a lot that doesn't. Get everyone in the family involved. You all can get together and trade coupons with each other. The more eyes that are out there, the more chances you will find better coupons.

Another key point is not to chase after special deals. It is not worth your time and effort in the long run. If you remain organized and know which coupons to use, you will save money. Remember, the more coupons you have, the more you save. This is a great way for big families to save. When you buy in bulk, you save more money.

As I already stated, it can be stressful. But keep in mind, it doesn't give you the right to be angry with the employees. I say this because I have seen this before and it only makes matters worse. I have seen this one or two times before. Always be respectful to their staff. It is the right thing to do and it can help you in the long run.

In closing, I shared this because there really isn't or any special trick talent to all of this. It is simply using the coupons that are already free. It does take extra time, but it doesn't have to take over your life. Some people choose to do it a few hours a day. If you are that type, I wish you the best of luck. But, you don't have to put in that much time to start saving money.

Make sure you keep all your receipts. There is a reason. When you begin seeing all the money you are saving, it gives you a sense of encouragement. A person can easily save a thousand dollars in a year. You can go way past that point if you do it right and follow the steps above. But even with that amount, I will take a thousand dollars any day! It can be done. I did research just like you are doing years ago and I began making money immediately. Every little bit counts.

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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

Hey lyricwriter,

I like your ideas...no doubt they will save bucks esp in this kinda economy. But,my problem is the presence of mind...when i am shopping my coupons which had been cut so well are at home (duh!)

I gotta be more aware of this subject to be involved and save some cash :)

Thanks for the information!


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Hey there Ruchira. Thanks for the comment. I use to do this a lot myself. Then I outsmarted myself also. I always keep a list on the fridge. Even though the old lady does most of the shopping coupon style, we keep a post it notes everywhere. This is a true story. I use to keep one on my mirror in the car. I just leave it there always. I always adjust the mirror before leaving. I must admit it was her idea, but it has worked. It has helped me save money for sure:) Thanks for coming by!


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robyna 5 years ago from Michigan, USA

I'm an avid couponer and I agree with all you said. Consistency is key and don't wear yourself out by chasing down every deal or you will burn out FAST. I find I spend more time planning my shopping strategies than actually shopping. All of that to say...planning is key! :)


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Hey there Robyna. Thanks for coming by my friend. Yes, you have to be consistent and planning is very important. Well worth noting. Thanks for coming by.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

I agree with you great writer on the money saving techniques here written. Some may not have given a thought to it but i believe it is very effective and useful. Be blessed


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Hey there Ubanichijioke. Thanks for coming by again. Many people belive you only save a few cents to a dollar, but it can save you a lot of money if you do it right. You could use the money saved at the end of the year to go on a vacation literally. Thanks for the comment, your time, and vote. Take care.


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Yep...I use coupons when it's convenient...that's the key.;)Thanks for sharing Lyrics.;)


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi TLW, that is a lot of money to save!

Some great advice and tips here, it's certainly well worth doing, now the first thing I need to do is get organised, I will give it my best shot!

Thank you for sharing my friend, take care MM


SusieQ42 5 years ago

Hey, Lyricwriter! Nope, I don't use coupons. It seems that I don't use the brands on the coupons. Either that or they expire before I get a chance to use them. I'll keep trying...


5 years ago

I'm signed up for Dollar General email news and they send coupons sometimes. Every little helps.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

I admit it, and am Proud to say, I Coupon! I Loved this timely Hub, Lyricwriter, and the Chart is Wonderful...Along with your Great Info and Ideas. In the end, it's a Win, Win, situation, of course you have to Remember to take your Coupons! We have a special place in the kitchen for them.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Great advice! When I lived in the states I never went shopping without coupons and even picked up the store pamphlet to see if there weren't additional coupons I could use. Here in Latvia food is so expensive that the situation desperately cries for coupons but who's listening? Unfortunately.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Mentalist, most certainly. If I can save money, I am doing it. Hard to come by these days. Thanks for coming by!

MM, I am positive you can do it. I need every penny I can get. I am not the extreme coupon type. These tips will lead you to the right place. Thanks for coming by!

Hey there SusieQ. Thanks for your visit. A great starting point is the Sunday paper. You can sign up for them online for free and you can visit sites and print them off for free. It involves a little work and organization is a must though.

F, thanks for coming by and lending your expertise. You are right, every little bit helps. It will add up. Thanks for added that and coming by. You are always welcome here.

B. Malin, hey there girl! That is a good idea and point. Keep a hold of those coupons and don't forget them. It defeats the entire purpose. Thanks for the comment and your time.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

We have used coupons for years and like the old saying goes "a penny saved is a penny earned." Actually it totals much more than pennies once you get started. One of our stores used to double coupons up to a 50 cents value and triple ones up to 39 cents. When using coupons at that particular store, often things became totally free...or perhaps just a few pennies. Always fun at the checkout counter to see the savings!

Voted up and useful.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Gypsy, so sorry to hear that. In some countries, it is very difficult and I see that Latvia is included. If I were you, I would try looking online at the sites that I have mentioned and see if anything can be done. As long as they are global big name retailers in the area, you should find something.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia Author

Hey there Peggy. Thanks for coming by and providing your expertise. You are right and many places sttill offer deals like this. These deals are something I didn't mention so thanks. The old saying works hand in hand. Even if you are not extreme, you can still save a lot of money. Well said Peggy and thanks for your comment, time, and vote. See you soon.

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