Are you looking to start couponing, but not sure how to start? If so, there are many money-saving coupons that you can find and use if you just know where to get them. Here are some pointers on how to find and used coupons in a way that will not only save you money, but save you time in the process.
Best Places to Find the Best Coupons:
• The paper- You can find the Smart Source and Valassis coupons in the paper almost every week. There are other coupons in the paper throughout the month.
• Magazines- The main way to find these is in publications for women, such as Red Book and Good Housekeeping
• In the Store- Many stores offer coupons throughout the store in machines attached to the shelves, on various products and even on your receipt. Often times there will also be coupons on the flyer for the week for the store.
Other places you can look for good coupons:
• The internet- There are many sites that offer free coupons for groceries and other items that you can print out. However, you should be aware that not all stores accept these.
• In the mail- While you may think of this as junk mail, there are many manufacturer’s coupons that will come in the mail so check the junk mail before you throw it out.
• Straight from the manufacturer- You can also check the sites for your favorite manufacturers to get coupons or you can also talk specifically to the manufacturer to ask for coupons as well.
• Mailings from Stores- If you sign up as a frequent shopper at a store then they will often send you out coupons as a thank you.
• On products- You should be sure to check on a package and inside as many of the products you buy.
Keep your Coupons In Order
Now that you’ve got your coupons, you must organize them in a way that you can actually use them when you need them. There are many ways that you can organize your coupons and the best thing to do is find the way that is right for you. Three options with this are:
• Cut all the coupons out
• Cut just the ones that you are sure you will use
• Just keep the inserts with the coupons and cut them out as you need them
Next you’ll want to develop a system for filing your coupons. There are many ways that you can categorize them, you just need to make it happen. So find something to hold your coupons. This can be anything from a shoe box to a recipe box or many other things. You just need to have a place to store them.
Next make sure to file them as soon as you get them or as soon as possible. This will help keep from misplacing them or having to sort through a big mess later. And don’t forget to go through them regularly to get rid of any coupons that are expired as they will not do you any good.
If you use these tips religiously for a full year, you can save hundreds and even thousands of dollars a year. And in this economy, I think we can all use a little extra cash in the wallet.
Pat Lindle is the Chief Financial Officer at a metal deck / steel decking company in Atlanta Ga. He is constantly providing investing and money-saving tips and seminars to his employees as a way of giving back for their hard work and loyalty. Pat truly believes that “a penny saved is a penny earned”.