Now that you know about the different types of coupons and coupon abbreviations, there are a few things you should keep in mind when you get started with coupons. But, if you missed the first two parts of How to Save with Coupons, click here for part one and click here for part two.
1.) Don’t expect to be an extreme couponer.
With the popularity of TLC’s show, people want to mimic that success. Your goal should not be to be extreme! You should just be aiming to save your family money. If you’ve watched the show you may have noticed that the extreme couponers usually spend 30 or more hours per week to get all the food that they do. Do you have that much time couponing? The show is not very realistic. Don’t feel like all couponers are extreme because that is just not true.
2.) Couponing takes practice.
You might have to coupon for a few weeks before you are saving the most money possible. That is because it will take you a few weeks to get a good supply of coupons if you are starting from scratch. You could try to win some coupons from a blog giveaway. People do them all the time! If you have no coupons to start with, you will have to build up your coupon stockpile. It may also take you a little time to master matching coupons with sales to get the best prices if you don’t normally pay attention to sales. If you would normally just shop without paying much attention to prices, you will have to change your mindset. You will need to be aware of sales and learn about sales cycles. Sales cycles are the times when items go on sale. For example, paper towels go on sale for $4.99. In about six weeks they will go on sale again for a good price.
3.) Stock up
When things go on sale, you should stock up with enough to last your family for six weeks or so. You want to stock up so you don’t end up having to buy a product when it is not at its lowest price. If you learn about sales cycles you will be able to save yourself a lot of money by not having to purchase a product when it is not at its cheapest price. I will compile a list of products to help out with this on another post.
4.) Branch out
Don’t be brand or store loyal! Don’t stick to just one store if you want to save the most money. Look at other store ads because you may possibly be missing out on some good deals. Also, don’t worry so much about staying with one brand if you want to save the most money. Be willing to go with the brand that will save you the most money. That is not usually the store brand either! Name brand items often have coupons that match up with a sale so they end up being cheaper than generic brands.
5.) Know when to use your coupons
It’s best to match the coupons with sales. Don’t just use them because you have them. You’ll end up paying more in the end. You can always find out what coupons are coming out in the Sunday paper by going to the site Sunday Coupon Preview. Use that to help you match up to store deals.
Check back next week to learn more about how to save with coupons so you and your family can be on your way to keeping your money in your pocket- where it belongs.
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