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How To: Coupon Efficiently

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how-to-coupon-efficientlyYou’ve got a stack of coupons... now what?

Couponing is a skill that is not easily attained. The problem we face is that we find ourselves with stacks of coupons and don’t have any idea of how to use them...efficiently. Here are a few tips on how to use coupons in a way that will help you make the most of them and save you the most money.

Smart Couponing Tips

In order to accumulate a binder full of organized coupons, you have to know where to start. Be a smart couponer and get coupons from these places and use them in these ways. Where to get coupons, you ask?

  • Well, start with the Sunday paper. Sunday’s newspaper is the first place to look when building your coupon collection. It’s loaded with great offers from the most shopped-at grocery stores, auto spots, department stories, etc.
  • Next, look inside other newspapers for coupon inserts. Look at your local and community newspapers for deals on general and specialty items at local stores, fruit and meat markets, etc. The internet is a great resource for online coupons. Here, you can find a coupon for almost anything.
  • Upon entering a grocery store, grab the store’s paper for sales and coupons  for that week or the next so you can make the most of all of your shopping experiences, whether planned or impromptu.

Now, how do you use them?

  • Don’t use coupons for something just because there’s a coupon for it. Use coupons for the items you use.
  • Look for BOGOs. Buy one, get one offers are simple ways to save. BOGOs are offered at many different places including restaurants. Use your bucks wisely by finding BOGOs for and on products you use most, like, or want to try. If you find two coupons; you’ve just doubled the deal.
  • Take advantage of items that are two (or whatever number) for a given price. If you have coupons for them, all the better. This is called matching sales with coupons. To match coupons with sales means you’re saving a few more cents or dollars. Who doesn’t like the idea of saving more money?
  • Stocking up on those items that are two (or whatever number) for a given price, or those you can buy in bulk, will save you money and time. There are so many items and products you don’t have to refrigerate right away after buying that can be kept in the pantry or basement for when you run out.
  • Use multiple coupons at once. Look at the coupons you have for the limits and conditions on them for every store is not the same.
  • And finally, keep ink in your printer for coupons you’ll need to print. Keep your phone charged for coupons that are sent via email. There are even some coupons you can load on a reward card. It’s never a bad thing to keep an eye out for coupons and sales.

Happy couponing!

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