We’ve all heard the stories about people who have climbed out of debt or gotten free groceries by using coupons. They have not discovered something new. They have only learned how to use their resources to their advantage.
Here is how you can become a Super Saving Coupon User.
1. Take an inventory of all the possible grocery stores in your area- not just the ones that you are use to shopping at. For each of these stores, find out what their coupon policies are. These are usually listed on the internet. Look specifically for doubling/tripling, accepting other store’s coupons, ecoupons, and stacking.
2. Take an inventory of what food items you have on hand. This should include items that you normally purchase and actually use. You will want to put this list into a spreadsheet form.
3. Take your list to the three stores that have the best coupon policies or a local warehouse club. You will want to list what the price per unit is of each item. For example, if you normally purchase a particular brand of toaster pastries, compare per pastry what the cost is at the different stores. You should bring this list with you when ever you shop and be sure to update it regularly.
4. The trick that every super coupon user knows is to match the current store ad to coupons available for sale items. The good news is that there are online sites, such as Poshonabudget.com, who do this for you. They will even put a link directly to the needed coupons, Sunday insert dates, and will provide you with deal and shopping tips. These sites will also have coupon databases where you are able to search for needed coupons. If a store allows you to use their coupons along with manufacturer’s coupons (stacking), be sure to prepare these in advance of going shopping.
5. Using your ad and your match-ups, make a shopping list. Every super coupon user uses a shopping list to keep them focused and away from the impulse items. Put prices and coupon amounts on the list so that you can compare them when your purchase is being rung up.
6. Keep track of what you are saving and give yourself an incentive such as saving for a vacation.
7. Don’t forget to factor into your savings incentive rewards, rebates, and coupons printed at the cash register.
8. Some stores offer added incentives for using their loyalty card, reusable bags, and for receiving their emails. Be sure to check your stores for these incentives.
9. Be organized with your coupons. Some people use a binder while others will use a box or envelope. Some people organize by brand name while others organize according to item category. Coupon organization is a personal thing according to what works best for you.
10. Lastly, don’t underestimate the drug stores and non-grocery stores for food items. Sometimes, these can offer the best deals!
For more information, check out an online coupon school.