Learn how to coupon in five simple steps. If you have been hesitant to start couponing because you’re not sure where to start, hopefully this will help you. I have created a short five step method to get you started:
1. Start Collecting Coupons
2. Know your store’s coupon policy
3. Check Coupon and Sale Match Ups
4. Create a shopping list
5. Go out and Shop!
Here are a few places that you can get coupons:
You will want to be familiar with how to use each coupon in order to be successful. Double Coupons means that If you live near a grocery store that doubles coupons up to $1.00, then you are going to want to try to take all of your $.75 coupons to that store…why? Because they will double to $1.50 off! If you have a B1G1 FREE Coupon, you’ll want to hang onto it to see if that items comes on sale for B1G1 FREE at one of your local stores. If it does, you’ll end up by getting 2 items for free after coupon/sale! Sometimes we manage to get our hands on a coupon for a free product, and while you are probably thinking, “it doesn’t matter if this item is on sale or not, I’m getting it FREE.” But, what you could do is wait to see if that item comes on sale or B1G1 FREE, then you could pick up 2 items for FREE with that one coupon instead of one.
Each week, you will want to look up a stores “coupon matchup” when planning out your list. You will need to know that you are getting the best deal possible before heading out. Once you have collected your coupons and checked out the coupon match ups for your store, you’ll want to make a shopping list with the items that you intend to buy. Now, it’s time to match up the coupons with your shopping list in order to be organized. I personally do not take my coupon binder shopping unless I am solely planning on doing “clearance section” shopping. I just use a small white envelope or a paper clip to hold my clipped and printed coupons.Now you are ready to go out and shop to create that stockpile! The more coupons you obtain, the larger your stockpile will be. I suggest getting one whole coupon insert per each family member when judging how large of a stockpile to create. Most sale cycles run every 6 weeks, so, keep that in mind.
Want to help others learn how to coupon for free, or profit? If so, please check out “How To Teach A Coupon Class” and access our class outline and handouts.