How To Get Into Couponing

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If you’re dealing with financial hardship, you need to save money wherever you can, and couponing is one of the best ways to do so. You may think that you don’t have the time or energy to get started, but if you follow a few basic guidelines, you can save big without too much hassle. You may even learn to enjoy it as a hobby! Here’s how you can get started.   


Start Slow:

You don’t need to dive in head-first - start with a store that’s close by. Instead of shopping whenever you want, start scheduling weekly grocery trips, preferably at a time when your store won’t be too busy.

Before you start clipping coupons, simply base your grocery list around what’s on sale. After a few weeks, you’ll learn how often items go on sale, which will make couponing much easier.


Find Coupons:

To start, schedule an hour each week to clip coupons. Newspapers and grocery store circulars should be your main source of coupons. You can also search websites such as Many stores now have their own apps that will let you look for coupons on your smartphone.

You may be tempted to use your coupons right away, but hold off for now. Your patience will soon pay off.  


Get Organized:

Now that you have coupons, you’ll need to make sure you can keep track of them. Find a box, binder, or something else and organize your coupons by date, item type, or whatever is easiest for you - make sure to keep a section for coupons that are expiring soon.



You’ll have a much easier time at checkout if you know your store’s coupon policy, which you should be able to find online. You should also read the fine print on your coupons to make sure you understand any special requirements, such as having to buy multiple items.  


Match Coupons to Sales:

Once you know how often items go on sale, you can use your coupons on those sale items to increase your savings!


Buy What You Need:

Keep an eye out for cheaper brands - you don’t have to buy just because you have a coupon. Remember, as great as it feels to save with coupons, you’re still spending money, so don’t buy something unless you need it.

Have any other tips for couponing? Let us know in the comments below.


By Luke Smith

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