Couponing Basics - Getting Started

Posted by Mide on Tue, October 15, 2013 {ARTICLE} | No Comments

Couponing 101

Your step by step guide to start couponing TODAY.

You finally decided to get started saving on groceries using coupons. You probably tried cutting down on expenses but you still find that it isn't making a lot of difference. So how do you actually get started saving money using coupons? Don't wait any longer for that perfect time when you can say that you're ready to coupon. You can get started right now.

Step 1:

Begin by knowing where to find coupons. Because we want to start now, we want to start exploring how to get online coupons. Here are some of the coupon sites that I frequent:

  • www.coupons.com
  • www.redplum.com
  • www.smartsource.com
  • pgeveryday.com
  • facebook pages of products or stores that I like (for example Butterball is giving a $1 off coupon for their fans if "like" their page) to avoid getting your personal facebook looking like a couponing page, you can create an account just for this purpose

Now, don't get caught up wasting time checking out all the coupons available on these sites. There are already coupon blogs that do that for you. Whyicoupon is one of them. I'll post other blogs at the end for your reference.

Step 2:

Check your weekly circular. Start with the store that you go to a lot. Again, because we are just starting, we don't want to get overwhelmed by trying to get familiar with a new store and learning how to coupon at the same time. Start where you shop.

Step 3:

Make your shopping list.

Pick 1 to 3 items that are either buy 1 get 1 free or on sale for a huge discount. For example:

Giant (EXPIRED!): Wisk Liquid Laundry Detergent - $2.49 limit 3 (reg. $4.89)

  • that's already about 50% discount!

Check out my latest posts of right panel of this page, to help you get started.

Step 4:

Print and Cut your coupons.

For the Wisk liquid detergent, if you go to coupons.com and look at the category "brand". Click on "w" and find "wisk". You can print this coupon twice. If you have more than 1 computer then you can print 4 coupons.

  • That sale price less the coupon will give you a final price of $1.49 for a bottle of laundry detergent (or about 5¢ per load).

Step 5:

Go shopping.

Buy ONLY what is on your list. If you really need to buy other things, do two separate transactions. First, pay for your items with coupons. This is important so that you can make sure that you do your transaction as planned.

Buy multiple items. If you're getting something so cheap, you want to stock up. In our example you can buy multiple bottles of Wisk (in this case, the limit is 3). If you buy 3 then you're all set for about 6 months of laundry detergent. You only spent less than $5! How cool is that?

Now, it's your turn, grab your weekly Ads and pick 1 to 3 items. Look for the matching coupons on the sites listed above. If there is no coupon for that item, decide if you still want it or not then move on to the next item. Print and cut your coupons. Head over to your store. You should have these 3 things ready:

  • your list
  • your matching coupons
  • weekly Ads

YOUR ASSIGNMENT FOR NEXT WEEK:

  1. Get a copy of Sunday Paper inserts. The rule of thumb is 1 insert per 1 adult & 1 child in the family. In my family of 2 adults and two children we get at least 2 Sunday papers a week.

  2. Gather up used folders for filing your coupons. You need 12.

Coupon Organization 101 here & here

Thanks for visiting whyicoupon.com

Coupon blogs/websites I frequent:

couponmom.com, southernsavers.com, thekrazycouponlady.com