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Crash Course on Coupons

Updated on February 19, 2013

Knowing how to use your coupons will not only provide you with better savings, but a better understanding on how they truly work.

Getting started

Your local Sunday paper should have multiple coupon inserts. Sometimes the paper may have only one, but generally there will be more than one coupon inserts. These inserts are from our notorious junk mail friends Smart Source, Vlassis, and Valpak. If you pay attention to thses, you will see that they contain coupons for food, cosmetic’s, and household products. Think of this as your first source of coupons.

Sales Flyers

The Sunday paper will also contain sales flyers for all your local stores. Think of this as your guide for the week. Take a couple of moments and look through the flyers. Pay close attention to the items on sale. Also, note the items that you are already going to purchase.

Match coupons to sales

Look through the coupons that you have and match them to any sales for the weeks. This will not only help you plan on what you are going to buy, but it will also help you gather an idea of what kind of money you will be savings.

Clip coupons

Cut out all the coupons that match the current sales for the week. Then place them in a coupon organizer or even an envelope. Also it is best to have a list of the items that is on sale too, so it can cut down time. It is much easier to do this than sit in each aisle of the grocery store finding all the sale items.

You are more than welcome to clip other coupons that do not match any current sales for the week too. However, place them in a different envelope or different place in your coupon organizer, so you are not confused with them.

Check store policies

If you are serious about saving money by using coupons, it is important that you know each and every store’s local policy when it comes to price matching. Many stores will price match items from other stores ads, even if their price is higher. However, you will need the ad to verify the price of the item.

Another store policy you should familiarize yourself with is their coupon policy. You should know if you are allowed to use multiple coupons on one item. Also you should find out if they accept internet printed coupons. You need to grill them on their policy, so you get the best bang for your buck.

Always take your coupons

Take your coupons wherever you go. You never know when you may need on at a certain store for any item. Leaving them at your house or anywhere is like throwing your hard earn money in the trash.

Don’t worry if your savings only add up to a dollar or two when you start out. You are still in the learning phase; however, it will take a little bit of time for you to start racking in the savings on a regular basis. The more you do it the better you get at it and the more money you can save and spend it elsewhere.

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