Coupon Tips for the New Year
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Coupon Tips for the New Year

Posted on Thursday, December 27th, 2018 at 7:00 am
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The end of the year is a great time to get your coupons ready for the days ahead. There are certain habits that people who use a lot of coupons utilize in order to get the most from their efforts. Here are some coupons tips for the new year.

Ditch the Expired Coupons
Start by going through all of your paper coupons and getting rid of the ones that have expired. Stores do not take expired coupons, so these are of absolutely no use to you. Toss them into the recycling bin.

Next, go through your coupon apps. Some coupon apps will automatically remove coupons that have expired. Check through the digital coupons that are currently available to you. Take a close look at the expiration date. Delete the ones that have expired.

Organize Your Coupons
The main reason to take the time to organize your paper coupons is so you won’t lose them before you have the opportunity to use them. Some people organize with a three-ring binder that is filled with plastic sheets that were originally designed to hold baseball cards. Extreme couponers tend to use this method of organization.

Other people will use a small, closable, coupon holder to put their coupons in. This works best for people who do not tend to use tons of paper coupons. Toss the coupons into the coupon holder (or a regular envelope). Bring it with you when you go grocery shopping.

Get the Store’s Loyalty Card
If you haven’t done it already, get the loyalty card for the grocery store that you shop at the most often. The loyalty card might connect with the store’s app – which usually will have coupons and special offers.

Check the Coupon Information Center
The Coupon Information Center is the first website you should visit if you saw a coupon online that doesn’t seem right. It keeps an updated list of counterfeit coupons that you should avoid using.

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