Basics to Start Maximizing Savings With Coupons


While many people think they don’t have time to mess with coupons, by taking the time to get organized, you can actually save a lot of money using coupons. First of all, you’ll need something in which to keep your coupons. You can buy a cheap coupon holder or you can use an envelope or something you have around the house. The main thing is to get organized so that you’ll know which coupons you have and when they expire.

You’ll want to arrange your coupons according to category and according to expiration date within those categories. Don’t bother clipping every coupon you see. While some of them offer exciting savings, if you don’t use the product, don’t bother with the coupon, thinking you might just try it.

You can also print coupons from online websites as they work just the same way in which paper coupons work. While you don’t want to spend too much time gathering coupons, take the time to print the ones for items that you use regularly. As you are gathering and organizing your money savers, remember to look for coupons for restaurants and other venues that you regularly patronize.

Some of the coupons you’ll run across are good for both online and offline shopping. When you use a coupon online, you’ll enter a code and this works the same way as paper coupons do. Sometimes, you‘ll get coupons in your email inbox, especially when you sign up for email newsletters from restaurants and other stores you patronize. Print these out and keep them handy in your coupon file.

Combining coupons with sales is one of the best ways to maximize savings. In fact, some stores coordinate their sales ads with the items for which coupons are available. That way, they can show consumers added savings within their ads. By combining coupons with sales, you can realize a more substantial savings.

Another way to maximize savings is to combine store coupons with manufacturer’s coupons. Store coupons can often be found in a store’s circular, while manufacturer’s coupons can be found in the insert in most Sunday newspapers. Most stores will allow you to use one store coupon and one manufacture coupon on the same item, and this method can actually double your savings.

Some stores still double the coupon values every now and then, but you won’t find deals like this very often. However, when you do, make sure you take advantage of this because you can actually end up getting many items for free this way. There are usually restrictions, such as stores will double the face value of a coupon up to $1, but even so, you can save a substantial amount of money on double coupon day.

Always check the websites of the stores where you shop. You may find coupons or special deals here. If there is a newsletter or email signup list, go ahead and join. You may get extra savings in the form of coupons delivered to your email inbox. You can also browse your store’s weekly ads on the store website.

If the store or stores where you shop offer a frequent shopper card, go ahead and sign up for that as well. Some stores also offer in-store coupons, which are often available on the store shelves. Also, be alert to products that have coupons attached to the product. Remove these coupons yourself; don’t wait for the store clerk to remove them as they are trained to scan products quickly and may not see them.

While you may not always cut your grocery bill in half, you can save a significant amount of money using coupons if you are organized. With literally billions of dollars available in the form of coupons each year, it only makes sense to use them when you can. Actually, they are easier than ever to find and use today so it won’t take a lot of your time to get started.

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jason – who has written posts on Budget Clowns.
Father of three and married to a lovely women. Always looking for ways to save money, and invest it properly for my children's future.

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