This time of year people start thinking about resolutions for the following year. If one of your resolutions is to save money, continue reading to see how using coupons can help you to achieve and stick to this resolution! Coupons are one of the easiest ways to save money! If you're not very experienced with coupons, the different kinds and different rules may be confusing at first. But don't worry, couponing is easy! Just read these 6 Couponing Tips for Beginners and you'll be ready to go save some money!
1. Use Coupon Websites and Apps: First of all, if you want to have the easiest time couponing, you'll want to use coupon database websites. These sites organize coupons so that you can easily find coupons that are relevant to you. You can then print the coupons from those sites. If you don't feel like printing out a ton of coupons, you could try using coupon apps instead. These apps will also organize coupons from tons of different stores, but instead of printing out the coupons you can just collect them in your app and have the cashier scan your phone.
2. Search the Newspaper and Mail: You can find print coupons in both your regular mail and in the Savannah Morning News. Red Plum, Smart Source and P&G are three of the biggest and most valuable coupon inserts.
3. Read the Fine Print: Whether you got your coupons online or from an insert, make sure to read the fine print. The fine print will include things like certain sizes and quantities that you have to buy in order for you to be able to use that coupon. For example, if a coupon says $1 off of your favorite brand of cereal, check to see if it also says that you have to purchase two boxes, or that the cereal has to be the bulk size.
4. Stacking: Perhaps one of the couponing tips that will make you the happiest is this one: stacking! You can't combine manufacturer coupons for the same item, but you can combine manufacturer and store coupons for an item at some stores to increase your savings!
5. Don't Buy Just Because You Have Coupons: One of the most important couponing tips you may ever read is this: don't buy something just because you have a coupon for it. If you have to buy five of something to save $1, but you only wanted three and each item is priced at $1.50 each, you would be better off not spending the extra $2 (at $6.50 for five with a coupon) and just getting your three items (at $4.50) instead. Of course if you know you can use/eat all of the items, then go ahead and buy five. Buying multiple items like this is called stockpiling. A part of the couponing culture is combining coupons and sales to stockpile items when they are at their lowest price. However, this only works on things that last a long time (like boxed goods), things that you know you can freeze (like chicken), and items that you know your family will use! One of my biggest pet peeves is hearing a person say "but it was free." If an item is free after a coupon and it is not an item your family will use, and you do not plan on donating the item, leave it on the shelf.
6. Be Organized: This probably isn't something you expected to find in post on couponing tips, but organization is important when using coupons! You can't use your coupons if you can't find them! So you may want to have an organization method that works for you.
There are a ton of different organizational methods that you can utilize! These include: a coupon binder, the "shoebox" method, insert filing or a small accordian type of organizer that fits in your pocketbook. There are a lot of different ways to organize coupons, but these methods will help you quickly search through your paper coupons so that you can get in the checkout line faster.
Melissa King is a professional savings blogger from Savannah. Contact her at email@example.com.
Source : http://www.savannahnow.com/savvy-shopper/2016-12-18/savvy-shopper-6-couponing-tips-beginners