Coupon Tip: Start Small
It’s the beginning of the year and we are all trying to get on track to be our best self and do all the things we set out to achieve at the beginning of the year. For many of you, saving money might be on your list and I wanted to share a coupon tip with you. When friends want to know how to start couponing, my best advice is always the same- start small! Every little bit adds up and there are a few simple steps you can take to start saving money. These little steps won’t take much time and won’t create anxiety!
Here is my best advice to start saving this year:
Make a budget- if you know where you are spending money, you can find out how to save it! I use a basic excel spreadsheet with all our expenditures but there are tons of other programs out there, including FREE online programs like Mint that can help you get started.
Clip coupons for items you always buy- if you are a creature of habit and always buy a certain brand, look for those coupons. You know you will use them and the only extra step is clipping it and handing it to the cashier. This is how I started couponing years ago. I only clipped coupons for products that I already used and this helped me get started without feeling overwhelmed.
Make a list- this helps you stay on track and I make a lot of notes on my list. The notes I use are what a good price is, if I have a coupon, how many I have to buy to get a gift card…stuff like that! It’s hard to remember everything so this helps when you are at the store.
Double Bump- make sure you are getting the most benefits from your purchases. Use your loyalty card when you shop at grocery stores, use a credit card that gives you miles or cashback or register a gift card that gives you points for freebies or savings. If you shop online, always go through a site that gives you a percentage back like Ebates or ShopatHome.
Use online coupon codes- anytime you shop online, do a search for the store you are shopping at with the words promo code. For example: Gap promo code. If there is something out there, it should turn up and you can save even more on your purchases. It may just be free shipping or a small percent off but every little bit adds up!