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Welcome to the World of Couponing!

Posted on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 at 8:00 am
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Fake Coupons with US CoinsIf you’re like the rest of us you’ve made the resolution to be smarter with your money. Lucky for you we’re here to make the task of slashing your budget easy. If you’re new to couponing Freecoupons.com will be your #1 resource for saving money. For the month of January we’re going to break down the basics of couponing and how you can most effectively use our tips to your advantage.

Types of Coupons  and Where to Get Them 

First and foremost, you can find coupons for whatever you’re purchasing; electronics, food, apparel, the list goes on and on. What distinguishes coupons from one another is who provides them. Manufacturer’s coupons are provided by the makers of a certain item. You’ll be able to tell a coupon is provided by a manufacturer because it’ll say so at the top of the coupon; be aware that some coupons will abbreviate the term as “MFR Coupon”. These coupons will be accepted at pretty much any retailer that sells the product the coupon is redeemable for. Manufacturer’s coupons can be found in Sunday Inserts, online in our feed (click here for examples), or by directly contacting a manufacturer (click here for contact information for major manufacturers).

Another source of coupons are provided by stores themselves. When a store directly provides coupons that means you can only redeem that offer at said store. For more information on stores that provide their own coupons be sure to check out our post “Which Stores Have Their Own Coupons?“. Generally speaking it will be pretty clear as to which store is providing a coupon. However, don’t be tricked by the language on a possible store coupon. Be clear on whether a coupon is a “store coupon” or whether a coupon is encouraging you to use it at a particular store. For more information on that topic be sure to check out “How to Handle Tricky Coupon Language“. Also, if you’re having trouble understanding the language used in your coupons check out our “Coupon Abbreviations” post. 

And our final source for coupons are those provided digitally. This method is a newer way of saving and allows you to “clip” coupons digitally and use them on your mobile devices. One example of this type of coupon is illustrated by Target’s Cartwheel program. For more information check out the “Save with Target Cartwheel” post.

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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.