How to Save More Money With Coupon Matching
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How to Save More Money With Coupon Matching

Posted on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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ReceiptDo you know how to do coupon matching? It is not as difficult as you might think! It also isn’t a skill that is specifically taught to people when they are in school. Here is a quick lesson on how to do coupon matching (for those of you who are new to couponing).

Step One: Find the Sales
What’s your favorite grocery store? Visit the store’s website and look for their current weekly ad. Or, stop by the store and pick up a copy of their current sales paper. Take notes as you browse through it. Pay close attention to the foods that your family will need to buy on your next grocery shopping trip.

Step Two: Find the Coupons
Now, it is time to find coupons for the foods that are currently on sale. You are going to match the coupons to the sales. You will end up saving money on the product (because it is on sale) and then saving more money through the use of a coupon.

An example might help clarify how that works. Let’s say that a particular brand of cereal is on sale this week. Normally, it costs $4.00. This week, it is on sale for $3.50. Just like that, you save $0.50. You have a coupon for that particular brand of cereal. The coupon gives you $0.50 off when you buy a box of that cereal. Put the coupon, and the sale, together and you save a total of $1.00. That $4.00 box of cereal only cost you $3.00!

Step Three: Read the Coupon Policy
Does your favorite grocery store allow you to do coupon matching? Some will, and others will not. Before you visit the store, take the time to familiarize yourself with their coupon policy. What if your favorite store doesn’t allow customers to do coupon matching? If that is the case, you can go back, pick a different store, and follow these same steps.

Other Tips to Consider:
* Don’t forget to load digital coupons to your loyalty card. You might be able to match them with the current sales.

* You can save even more money with coupon matching if you take the time to create a meal plan first. Figure out what your family will eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner this week. You might want to start by learning what is on sale, and planning the meals around that.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.