Are you interested in saving money on the items you're already buying?
Don't feel overwhelmed by the flurry of coupons out there-by following these five simple steps, you can easily take control of your coupon opportunities, and your checkbook.
Pay close attention to the things you buy most often.
By closely watching the price variations of a specific item, you will learn the typical range of prices for that item, and you'll know when you're getting a good deal...or a great one!
The easiest place to get your coupons is from the insert in your Sunday paper.
Not everyone takes the time to use them, so be sure to ask around for additional inserts.
Of course, another great source is our huge selection of coupons on GroceryCouponNetwork. You can find all kinds of coupons on the site, just print them out and they're ready to use.
Don't forget to keep your eyes open for coupons while you're shopping.
Magazines, in-store displays, and even the products themselves often have coupons just waiting for you to take advantage of.
Blinkies and tearpad coupons are other examples of coupons you can find while you're already shopping.
Ask yourself a few important questions when deciding whether to save a coupon. Is this something my family will use?
If so, then there is no reason not to save money on an item that you'd be buying anyway.
Is the item free, or nearly so? Getting something for nothing is definitely worth the effort of using a coupon.
Can the item be donated? Food pantries and animal shelters are always in need of donations, so why not save some money while you help?
Another organizational trick is to save your Sunday inserts whole, and to label them with the date.
An intact sheet is a much easier thing to deal with than a stack of tiny clipped coupons, and having the date clearly written on the cover will save you time when you need to go back in search of individual offers you may hear about later.
Your system of organization will be a product of your individual style.
You will learn what methods work best for you over time, and you'll develop a system that's fun and easy.
It's much easier to simplify your couponing efforts if you start with a single store.
Learn that store's discount policies, get to know its weekly ads and website, and subscribe to any mailing lists that it may offer.
Look for manufacturer coupons for items you know are on sale at that store, and apply both discounts. This is called coupon stacking, and it's a great way to increase your savings.
Match your coupons to your shopping list ahead of time. Be sure to include the prices and sizes of the items you plan to buy.
Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to shop. It's much easier to keep track of your coupon agenda if you are not rushing through the store.
Once you have mastered these steps and have grown comfortable with your own couponing style, it should be easy to move on to additional stores and sources.
Just take your time, enjoy yourself, and think about all the money you can save with the right approach.
Be sure to also weigh the pros and cons of brand loyalty. Being locked-in on a specific brand often will make you miss out on deals for similar products.
Pay attention to size restrictions on the offers you find. If you are able to save the same amount of money on an item of any size, you may come across opportunities to purchase smaller-size items for next to nothing.
on ONE (1) Contadina Whole, Diced or Crushed Tomatoes 28 oz. (Available at Walmart)
on any TWO Kellogg's Frosted Flakes®, Froot Loops®, Apple Jacks® &/or Corn Pops®
when you buy two Quaker® Old Fashioned, Quick or Instant Oats or Quaker® Oatmeal Squares Cereal
on any ONE (1) COTTONELLE® Toilet Paper (6-pack or larger)
when you buy any ONE (1) PACE® Salsa or Picante Sauce product (24oz or larger) (Available at Walmar
on any TWO (2) Sargento® Ultra Thin® Cheese Slices
any ONE (1) Lysol® Toilet Bowl Cleaner
any ONE (1) Dannon® Danimals® Yo-Tubes or 4-pack Dannon® Danimals® Squeezables
on any ONE (1) Newman's Own® Salad Dressing
on any FOUR (4) Campbell's® Condensed soups