5 Tips about Using Coupons

5 Tips about Using Coupons

Many people use coupons to help save money on the items they buy regularly. When watching someone with experience using coupons, they make it look easy. Everything is in order and seems so simple and in many cases, they can save a lot of money on the overall purchase.

However, if you’re new to couponing, then you may be feeling a little overwhelmed when you reach the checkout counter. That’s when you discover that using coupons is not as easy as some people make it look or you don’t end up with the savings you expected.

Here are five tips about using coupons that may help your couponing experience go a lot smoother:

1. Get organized. Walk into the store with a handful of coupons and things can get very confusing real fast. Instead, organize your coupons in a binder or folder where you can keep everything in a specific order. As soon as you clip a coupon, store it in your folder. You can sort them by products, store, expatriation date or whatever method works for you.

2. Be selective when clipping coupons. Coupons are everywhere. You can find them in the Sunday newspaper, in sale papers and online. When clipping coupons, be selective and only choose the ones that offer real savings for you. For example, if the coupon is for something that you don’t normally use or if it has a low value, there’s no need to waste your time with it.

3. Use your coupons on sale items when possible. When you use coupons on regular priced items you save a little. However, when you use them to purchase items that are on sale, you save even more. It’s a great way to get the most from couponing.

4. Be willing to try different brands. Most people use a specific brand when buying groceries but you may find better coupon deals on a brand you’ve never tired. If you’re willing to try different brands, you may be able to save twice as much. Many store brands taste the same as name brand products but if you try something you don’t like, you can always switch back.

5. Know the store’s policies on coupons. To avoid problems and get the most from your efforts, you need to know the policy on using coupons. Some stores allow you to double coupons, some give rain checks and some will accept competitor’s coupons.

Use the tips above when collecting and organizing your coupons and it’ll make things go so much smoother when you reach the checkout counter.

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