Save Money Monday: Start Using Coupons NOW!
It’s no secret that everyone wants to save money. It may seem like a difficult feat, but with these tips from PennySaver USA, saving money will no longer be just a dream, but will soon be reality, all it takes is 30 minutes.
Just set aside 30 minutes each week to prepare and plan ahead, and you’ll start to save some serious cash on products you use everyday. Coupons can be used not only on food, but things like shampoos, paper products, pet food, cleaning supplies and more. Once you start using coupons and see the savings, you will more than likely want to continue using coupons on a regular basis. For this installment of Save Money Monday, here are a few helpful ideas to help you become a couponing pro:
First you need coupons, and there are many ways to collect coupons:
- Grocery Store Flyers
- The Internet (Online Coupons on PennySaverUSA.com)
- Local Newspapers
- In Your Mailbox
- Ask Your Family Or Neighbors
If you plan on a serious coupon career, (which might take longer than 30 minutes a week), a good filing system will also help:
- Coupon Files
- Recipe Boxes
- Storage Containers
Listed below are a few ways to keep your coupons in order, but you really want to use whatever works best for you:
- Store Aisle
- Expiration Date
Helpful Hint: Remember to purge your coupons about once a month to get rid of all expired coupons, creating more space for new coupons.
Once you have clipped your coupons, check the local stores in your area. Not just grocery stores, but drug stores such as Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid also have weekly offers already in place to match the weekly coupons offered, and they offer extra store incentives for customers with a free store membership. It is like they have done most of the work for you. Some stores also offer BOGO. (Buy one get one), double coupon offers and rebates for even more savings.You will find that sometimes buying name brands using coupons and store incentives, are often less expensive than buying the generic brands offered.
There are a few downsides of coupon shopping, often the savings are so good the product sells out very quickly leaving the shelf empty, but most stores will offer a raincheck on the items sale price if you ask and will honor the coupon as well. You can even ask the store when they receive shipments and if possible, plan your shopping accordingly. Believe it or not, stores want you to use coupons, because they benefit as well by often earning a handling fee from the manufacturers. Stores have been accepting coupons for so long that the checkout process is not as time consuming as it once was. Many stores now even accept mobile coupons, and will scan the coupon right from your mobile device. If you are worried about the line behind you getting a little long and impatient, it could be because they have just realized they are going to pay full price for the same product you just bought for half price or less!
The first one cent–off coupon was issued in 1895 by C.W. Post to promote his new cereal. According to WomansDay.com,
“a coupon is still one of the single best ways to get people to buy a product. Even if you forget to bring it to the store, clipping the coupon jogs your memory and you’ll likely buy the product anyway.”
Dottie Hobbs is a Customer Service Representative at PennySaver USA, California’s leading resource in print, online, and mobile for hyperlocal advertising, local coupons, classifieds, and business listings.