In today’s world, when prices are skyrocketing and paychecks seem to be getting smaller, couponing can be a huge help. By saving money on groceries, you can free up some room in your budget for other expenses or even just build a savings cushion! In order to start couponing, you don’t need much except a little free time and a love for saving money! By following these tips to start couponing, you’ll be on your way to become a great couponer!
1. Find out which stores you shop at that use apps & install them.
There are quite a few stores that have switched to virtual couponing as their main way of getting deals out to their customers. Places like Fry’s, Kroger, and even Target all have mobile apps that can help you save a ton of money! With Fry’s and Kroger, you can even download the coupons on to your store card so you can completely skip the hassle of printing and clipping the coupons. Start by doing these first to eliminate the extra hassle.
2. Grab the Sunday paper.
The Sunday paper has a ton of coupons that you can clip and use! It’s a great way to find out what deals are going on and you can even grab a couple if you want to double up on coupons.
3. Join some local couponing groups: in-person, or on Facebook.
Joining local coupon groups is the absolute best way to start couponing! They usually have tons of people with varying levels of experience and they can offer tons of helpful advice to get you started. Additionally, some of these groups will post deals that you can maximize savings on so you’ll know when to use which coupons and so on. It’s also a great way to make some new friends with similar interests!
4.Get an organizing tool.
Whether it’s a binder or a file, it’s a great idea to get something to keep your organized when you start couponing. You can store coupon catalogs (such as RedPlum) by month and then when you need a certain coupon from that catalog, you’ll know exactly where to go and find it. This allows you to store full catalogs and just clip coupons as you need them, rather than spending hours clipping coupons and having a messy stack.
5. Wait for things to go on sale.
To get the biggest bang for your buck, you’ll want to use coupons in conjunction with ongoing sales. It can be a little hard to get the hang of when you first start couponing, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll definitely notice how much of a help to your budget that can be! Sometimes, by using coupons with sales, you can even EARN money back! As overwhelming as this can seem at first, following step 3 and joining some local groups can make this a lot simpler.
While couponing might seem hard initially, it’s actually pretty simple. You’ll notice that the little bit of extra time you spend each week will be entirely worth it when you’re saving a huge chunk of change! If you had one question to ask about how to start couponing, what would it be? Share with me in the comments below!