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Practical Guidelines on Effective Couponing: For Beginners

Updated on December 7, 2015
A collection of coupons and promo codes.
A collection of coupons and promo codes. | Source

Coupons and promo codes are perfect to maximize our savings when shopping online. We are able to buy more for less.

It is just a great feeling knowing that the total price of our order will be discounted later on when we check out. It’s like a blessing, especially this time of the year when are tracking our budget for Christmas gifts. So, it is really a big help to get discounts by way of couponing and taking advantage of promo codes.

But how do you begin?

Well, if you are a first-timer, you might be unsure of the ins and outs so here is a brief guide made just for you.

Best Places to Find Great Coupons

Today, you can find a lot of places where coupons are available, but the best sources are:

1) ONLINE

First, use the internet. Shops are now online, and there marketing strategies have become digital as well. So do a quick search using Google. Try different keyword combination. For example, if you are looking for decorations and crafts, check out Hobby Lobby coupon codes, which offers up to 50% off on selected items with no expiration date and some more printable coupons.

Photo credit: Frank Boston / Foter.com / CC BY
Photo credit: Frank Boston / Foter.com / CC BY

2) NEWSPAPER and MAGAZINES

If you have daily supply of newspaper and magazine at home or in your office, look for weekly coupon inserts. These are usually found at the entertainment section or in the classified ads area. Also, they can be just a small square or big advertisements so be very attentive when flipping through the pages.

Photo credit: Matt McGee / Foter.com / CC BY-ND
Photo credit: Matt McGee / Foter.com / CC BY-ND

3) ON THE PRODUCTS

At times, the manufacturers attach coupons on their products. They are placed at the back of the item or inserted on the packing. Others are at the inner side of their covers, on the caps in the case of bottled drinks and beverages, and on the sachets in the case of shampoos and other toiletries. Moreover, some can also be found on the shop’s shelves or even at the back of their receipts. But no worries, because some of the attendants or the tellers will make you aware of this even before you start shopping.

Photo credit: Hotcouponworld.com / Foter.com / CC BY-SA
Photo credit: Hotcouponworld.com / Foter.com / CC BY-SA

4) ON THE MANUFACTURER’S WEBSITE

You can also go directly to their website and look for printable coupons. If ever you don’t find one, feel free to email them and request for one. Just don’t forget to state how loyal you are as one of their customers. You will be surprised to receive a special deal from them. But usually, they will ask you to be part of their official mailing list so you will receive the latest promos and offers directly in your inbox every day.

Screenshot from Hobby Lobby website homepage.
Screenshot from Hobby Lobby website homepage.

5) EMAILS AND NEWSLETTERS

Some online shops offer their customers to be included in their mailing list so they can keep them informed of the latest items on sale or the coupons and promo codes they offer, so don’t hesitate to enlist yourself. The mailing membership or newsletter often appear immediately after you open their site. You just need to type in your email and wait for their update.

Screenshot from Hobby Lobby email signup.
Screenshot from Hobby Lobby email signup.

Great Ways to Organize Your Coupons

Depending on how creative you are and the resources you have, there are different ways to keep your coupons well-arranged for easy reference and usage. Some of which are:

  • Putting them in one container such as boxes or binders.
  • Pinning them altogether on the wall.
  • Clipping them by store.
  • Filing them by expiration date, by usage or by the date you got them.
  • Removing the expired ones as soon as possible.

Coupons kept in a binder.
Coupons kept in a binder.

Practical Tips on Maximizing Savings

1) Look for shops online that allows their customers to use 2 or more coupons and promo codes per transaction.

2) Always keep them accessible because great deals can pop out any time. It is actually best to put some on your wallet.

3) Pair the coupons you have to what is on sale. There are sites dedicated for this purpose.

4) Read and understand the terms and conditions of the coupon. Each shop has different policies so take time to go over them.

5) Unleash your creative side. Take advantage of brilliant couponing techniques out there.

Photo credit: StockMonkeys.com / Foter.com / CC BY
Photo credit: StockMonkeys.com / Foter.com / CC BY

So, are you now ready to start your couponing journey when shopping?

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