4 Tips for People New to Couponing
Posted on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 at 7:00 am
Ready to start couponing for the first time, ever? Maybe you didn’t need to use coupons before because you were young and living with your parents. Or, perhaps you are having a rough time with your finances and could benefit from learning how to use coupons. Here are some tips for people who are brand new to couponing.
Coupons Have Expiration Dates
Almost all coupons will have an expiration date printed on them. (One exception to this rule are certain types of manufacturers coupons that were sent to you by the manufacture.) In general, you should assume that the wonderful coupon you just found has an expiration date.
Take a minute to read over the fine print and locate the expiration date. Make sure you use the coupon before that date. Once that date passes by, the coupon becomes completely unusable.
The more coupons you collect, the better your organizational skill need to be. For most people, putting the coupons in an envelope, and bringing the envelope with them to the store, will work just fine. If you start getting into the “extreme couponing” lifestyle – you are going to need to put together a binder of your coupons (and constantly keep it updated).
Staying organized also can help you to remember to use your coupons before they expire. If you get good at couponing, you will eventually start matching up your meal planning with the coupons you already have. Being organized also can help remind you to actually bring your coupons to the store with you.
Pick the Right Product
You have to match the coupon to the correct product. Failure to do so means you won’t be able to use that coupon. Start by seeking out the brand of product that the coupon lists (or shows a photo of). Next, check the fine print on the coupon to see what size of product it can be used on.
In general, most coupons state that they cannot be used on the “sample sizes” of products. Find out the minimum size of product that the coupon can be used on. Pick that size, not the biggest one available. Doing so will help you make the most of your coupon.
Extreme Couponing is Overrated
You may have watched an episode or two of those television shows that feature “extreme couponers”. Keep in mind that what you saw doesn’t match reality. Finding and organizing the amount of coupons the extreme couponers use is pretty much a full time job.
In addition, some of the stores, in some of the episodes, agreed to bend their coupon rules in order to appear on the show. Regular people cannot expect to get the same results with their coupons.