Hello everyone, in this article we’re going to go over how to start couponing. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or confused or just not sure where to start, don’t worry I’ve been there and I can help.
So in this article, we’re going to start from the beginning and we’ll cover everything that you need to know to make your first couponing venture a success.
Coupons are a great way to save money on what you buy. Many people became experts on the art of couponing and have primarily made a living on this practice; availing of great discounts every time at any checkout.
Learning how to find and save coupons is a great way to save on any product or service that you wish to purchase. Here’s a simple guide to help you understand ‘couponing’ better.
1. Establish your goal
The goal is to buy items at a very low price you do this by waiting when an item goes on sale and preferably using a coupon to get it to eat an even cheaper price and then buying enough of that item until the next time it goes on sale. You can use coupons to get it for a cheap price again. This low price is known as stock up price.
So, stock up price is basically a price point where you buy multiple items in this buying pattern of buying low weighting and buying low
Again, you never have to pay full price for common household essentials like toilet paper, paper towel, laundry detergent, shampoo and diapers, and a lot more.
2. Types of coupons
So, there are two types of coupons. There are manufacturer coupons or and there are store coupons like Walmart coupons. The manufacturer coupon is issued by the brand, the product.
For example, MAC lipstick coupon comes from MAC cosmetics, with Estee Lauder as the parent company. The manufacturer coupon always will say manufacturer coupon at the top.
A store coupon is issued by a store. So a retailer like Walmart shows a Walmart coupon. Store coupons will similarly say the store name and coupon at the top. For example, Walmart coupons. A common question asked is how do I stack coupons so you can use one manufacturer coupon on one item assuming that the coupon is on one item.
Sometimes coupons can be on multiple items. In which case, when the coupon is for multiple items, there can be a factory coupon and a store coupon on the same item. You can use both.
We call this coupon stacking. So, they can allow you to stack manufacturer coupons and store coupons together on the same item. You can stack factory coupons, store coupons, store sales, store rewards, reward dollars (if there’s any) and cashback offers – all on the same item.
That’s like the holy grail! It doesn’t happen that often, but it happens.
3. Getting coupons
So now you’re probably wondering where do I find coupons from. So, there are three major forms of coupons.
There are insert coupons that you get from the Sunday newspaper. There are printable coupons that you can print from a desktop computer or from your phone. And then there are mobile coupons, which are coupons that you access from just using your phone.
So insert coupons, they look like the one you get from the Sunday newspaper. This is the most common form of coupons used by extreme coupon collectors. Now there are lots of deals you can find, even without them, but with the insert coupons, you definitely get a lot more options.
If you’re serious, I highly recommend starting to collect them. There are types of inserts. There are smart source PNG and Sunday paper coupons.
Some insert doesn’t come in on all Sunday papers because in some regions they come in the mail instead. So, if you don’t see one, because you’re in a region that doesn’t print it, then look into specific insert books. You can see it by their name, but also by the date that it came out. If you are not sure what the date is, you can find it on the spot it’s like a tiny print.
Tip: The cheapest place to buy the Sunday paper is at the Dollar Tree. Most stores have it for a dollar. You want to open up the paper to make sure all the inserts are inside before you purchase the paper. Kwik is the easiest way to start.
Couponing also works by using printable coupons. So as long as you have a printer, you can get started like right now. You can even start by going to some printing center or computer shop where you pay for printouts. Coupons don’t even matter if it’s printed color, or black and white.
4. Find a deal
You can find a deal on your own, you can look through a weekly ad and then looking at what’s on sale and matching it up with coupons that you might have and then using the two together. That’s called a match up, where you’re matching up a sale with a known coupon. If you don’t want to do it on your own, you can also look at sites that provide post-deal matchups.
Most people like looking in stores like Walmart literally every single day. So, if there’s a specific store you’re looking for, you can filter by product or item. Just click on what you want and you can find all the different deals available.
5. Use the coupon
Now pick one or two deals that are easy and you fully understand. I highly recommend going to Walmart, because that’s like a fantastic store to start in because it’s easier than some other stores. CVS is also a good one if you don’t like Walmart, but remember, the goal at this stage is for you to build up your confidence. You can only do that by going out to try to if you’re feeling nervous, that is totally normal. I was also nervous on the first few trips. I still get nervous, but I got through it. I know you can do it too.
Tips In Couponing
Couponing helps in a big way, especially for those going through some financial hardship.
Collecting coupons, kind of in a way to help your family save because you know home, personal items, and groceries can be really expensive.
For me, what I didn’t expect was that it made me feel empowered. It gave me a sense of control. It can be a lot of fun and you can get hooked.
Finding coupons was like my little hobby and something I look forward to. I’m going to walk you through the steps to start couponing.
Don’t disregard coupons
Many people disregard the coupons they see in newspapers, but what they didn’t know, they can save a lot, if they only cut this out. Always cut coupons and save for future use. You can use a folder to organize the coupons you collect.
Where to find coupons
As mentioned, you can find coupons in newspapers (usually on the weekends). But you can also find coupons from magazines on different category items. We can also find coupons on websites and special coupons sites. Supermarkets and grocery stores also regularly insert coupons on their flyers.
When to use coupons
Not all coupons can be used. Most of the coupons have time printed on them for a certain discount to be given, so use them according to the date.
Use coupons as intended
Use the coupons as they print it. If it says $1 for 500 grams, don’t use (or insist) to use it when you want to buy 1 kilogram. Pay attention to what the coupons say on how you can avail of the discount – for instance, whether it can be used on any Del Monte product such as slice fruits or juice in a can.
Other stores accept competitor coupons as a marketing strategy to lure customers. Most people do not know they can use competitor coupons interchangeably. Some stores do not explicitly publish or say about this procedure, so you may have to ask them if they accept competitor coupons.
Most customers always think cashiers detest the sight of people with a heap of coupons in hand. But stores, in general, encourage the use of coupons since they know what item to stock; while the coupons become a motivating tool for consumers to avail of a service or buy a product.