Coupon Basics: How to Start Saving Money Today
- Store Coupons (which are distributed by your local stores like Target, Publix, Kroger)
- Manufacturer Coupons (distributed by brands like Kraft and Proctor and Gamble)
*You can find coupons in many different places so always be on the lookout for coupons on products you buy. You can find coupons in:
- The Sunday Paper & Ad circulars sent to your home weekly
- Online: Coupons.com, Smart Source, Red Plum, and Brand Sites
- Blinkies: Those machines in the store that kids love grabbing coupons from!
- Magazines: All You Magazine has lots of coupons every month.
* When it comes to using coupons I think your best bet is to find a blog that works on the sales ads for that particular store.
- If you often shop at Publix check out www.iheartpublix.com, or Google the store you use and the word match-ups (Ex. Winn-Dixie Match-Ups). There are hundreds of blogs that can help you get the best deals at your favorite stores.
- Be willing to only purchase what’s on sale. If you can shop this way for just a few weeks before long your pantry will be well stocked and you can shop weekly for $50 or less.
- Know your store’s coupon policy. Check online, and then call to confirm the policy is current.
- Try to “stack” as many coupons as possible if your store allows this. Stacking is when you use two coupons (1 store / 1 manufacture) on one item.
*Share coupons! If you have coupons you know you won’t use (like diaper coupons) leave them on the products in the store. It’s like leaving cash for others to find!
* Ask for help. If there is something you don’t understand about couponing, find a blog that covers a store you shop at and ask them. Most bloggers would be happy to help!
Do you use coupons on a weekly basis? Why or why not?
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