How to Make the Best Use of Clipping Coupons

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April

If you want to save money, one of the easiest and fun ways to do so is to clip coupons. There are coupons available for practically every single thing you buy; you just need to know how to find them. You can use coupons at the grocery store, at the movies, at your favorite department store and at your favorite restaurant.

How do you find all these coupons? There are several ways. First, subscribe to your local newspaper. Newspapers always have a good selection of coupons. In the newspaper itself, you will find ads from local merchants that often times contain coupons. This will help you save money and also introduce you to some new stores and restaurants. On Sunday, the newspaper will usually carry one or two booklets of manufacturer’s coupons. These are the coupons you need when you go to the grocery store.

The second place to find coupons is your own mailbox. Coupons show up there in various forms all the time. You will usually find a booklet with coupons for local restaurants, products, stores and services. Depending upon where you live, you might receive a variety of these booklets.

Another place to find coupons is in your email. It’s a good idea to set up a separate email address just for this purpose. When you go online and visit a product website or perhaps a restaurant website, you will be asked for your email address. When you provide that email address, advertisements with coupons will start showing up in your inbox. You can also do a search on the Internet for a favorite restaurant or product with the word coupon. If there are coupons out there, this method will tell you.

Joining a frequent buyer club for a restaurant or store will also send coupons your way, both by email and by snail mail. Usually if you provide your birthday, you will receive a free item. Sometimes you can get coupons by just taking the time to email the company or restaurant and telling them how much you enjoy what they sell. If you really do enjoy the product, why not give this method a shot?

The next method of getting coupons is not for everyone. You can apply for a store credit card. The important part here is to pay off that credit card every month and only charge what you can afford. You shouldn’t get a credit card if you have problems with debt and/or controlling your spending. Having a store credit card will enable you to get coupons directly from that store. These coupons are usually the most valuable.

Once you find all these coupons, then what? You need some kind of organizational method so you can find the one you need when you need it. A good start is a plastic box and some legal size envelopes. You can label the envelopes with whatever works for you. For instance, you can have an envelope for health care coupons, snack coupons, etc. This system works really well for grocery and store product items. When you are ready to go to the grocery store, you can make your list, check the grocery store ad and sort through your coupons for those that you plan to use. If you choose a grocery store that gives you double value on coupons, you save even more money.

A good idea for restaurant coupons is an accordion-style file folder. This folder can be divided into sections, for instance, fast food, pizza and restaurants. Then you can look through the coupons you get in the mail or in your email, pick those you think you might use and file them. It will be easy to grab the folder when you are leaving for a day of shopping and your coupons will be right there when you get hungry. You can also keep the folder in your car so you won’t forget it.

If you really want to save money, make a deal with yourself to always use coupons. If you don’t have a coupon for an item, then you don’t buy it. When you want to go out to eat, check to see what restaurants you have coupons for and choose one of those. After a little while, it will become a natural part of the way you live.

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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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