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How To Start Couponing
Couponing is gaining more and more popularity, but learning from a seasoned couponer can be hard, especially with all the lingo. Nothing should keep you from being able to learn though! It does take a bit of practice, and it takes time to get a deep understanding of how everything works, but once you do, you’ll never go back. It’s such a great way to make some extra padding in your savings account, and open up some room in your budget so that you can live more comfortably.
There are a few things that you need to know about couponing right away. Hopefully you can learn some great tips from this article, and you’ll be on your way to couponing right away!
First, you want to learn the difference between types of coupons. There are store coupons, and coupons produced by the manufacturer of the actual product. The stores put out coupons as well, that can be combined with manufacturer coupons, for extra savings.
Some stores have pretty strict policies on combining coupons, and whether or not they allow you to use the coupon for multiples of the same item. It’s a good idea to read the fine print on every coupon to assess whether or not they can be used for multiple items in the same transaction.
There are tons of places to find coupons, and not all of them need to be traditionally clipped out of a newspaper or catalog like you might think. Couponing is evolving just like anything else, and there are many stores that offer virtual coupons, as well as apps for smart phones that offer virtual coupons. The virtual couponing system makes couponing easier because it’s right there in the palm of your hand!
Some great apps to download for couponing include Favado, SmartSource, and Cartwheel (for Target). It’s great to use apps because if you have your phone with you, your coupons are always with you! Additionally, you can look on the websites of the stores you shop at for coupons. Kroger and Fry’s, depending on where you live, both have mobile apps as well that allow you to “clip” coupons and add them to your store card.
Lastly, it’s good to pair coupons with items that are on sale, so if you see an item on sale that you want or need, look through your coupon apps and see if you can find a coupon for it as well to maximize savings! When you get into couponing, it’s to save money, and you want to cut costs wherever you can. On shows like Extreme Couponing, people tend to buy things in bulk even if they don’t use them. However, when you just start to coupon, it’s easier to just buy what you need and use coupons on items you would normally purchase. Then, progress from there. Overall, couponing is simple, it just takes time to build up the knowledge and patience.
I am a mom to 5 kids, homeschool mom, blogger, social media junkie, Frugalista, Book Worm, and Closet Want-to-be Chef. We are a Roadschool family (homeschooling on the road while traveling fulltime).
I grew up learning ways to save from my mom and grandma. I started my own coupon journey when my first child was born in 2009 and started the blog on 2010 when baby #2 was born to share my tips with everyone who kept asking about how I was getting diapers for $1 a pack!
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