Save 90 Percent on Shopping Bills - How To Start

Coupons are a basic tool we can all employ to save some extra money.  They are quite simple to use however finding and collecting coupons can be time consuming.  Because of this we often ignore the practicality of using coupons and pay full price.  In reality, if we put a little time aside each week, we could cut costs substantially. With a little diligence and organization, couponing can easily become part of your weekly routine.  Plus, after reaping the benefits of a fatter wallet for a couple of weeks, you’ll have the motivation to continue your new hobby!


To begin, you’ll need a few things to make this process a bit easier and more organized:

  • A printer or access to a printer for online coupons
  • A computer or access to a computer
  • A binder or folder to store your coupons (dividers/labels if you want to be extra organized)
  • Store flyers
  • Local newspapers

Set Aside Time

Commit to spending 1 to 2 hours per week on finding and organizing your coupons.  This is a small price to pay for the amount of money you can save in the long run.  Depending on your schedule, you can break this up into a few minutes each day or get it all done at once. 

Search for Coupons

Decide where you are going to search for coupons.  Depending on your location, coupons can be found in a variety of places including, local newspapers, store flyers, coupons websites, coupon apps and store bulletin boards.  You may also join social media groups devoted to finding the best coupons in your area.

Organize Your Coupons

Once you have collected your coupons, place the ones that expire first in the front of your binder/folder.  Depending on how many coupons you have collected, separate tabs can come in handy to organize by item type.  This can help you easily locate the coupons you need in the store.  Before you go shopping, be sure to check out which coupons you have clipped and in the case of groceries, try to base your meals on these discounted items.

Super Saver Tips

To make the most of your coupons you must understand them. These tips will help you get the most bang for your buck and can even result in paying nothing, receiving cash back or even being credited due to the coupon exceeding the cost of the product.

  • Many coupons can be combined!  Often times you can combine a manufacturer coupon and a store coupon together and double your savings.

  • Use coupons on items that are already discounted.  This may result in overage and you could walk away with money in your pocket!

  • Combine price matching and your coupons.  Many stores have price matching policies, meaning they will sell the product at a lower price if another store is selling it for less.  Use your coupon after getting the lower price and you’ve got yourself a bargain!

  • Avoid using coupons you don’t need.  It may be tempting to buy something just because you have the coupon but limit yourself to only buying what you need.

  • If you have a coupon for a product you already have but use the product often (toothpaste, shampoo, canned goods) don’t be afraid to stock up.  It’s better to purchase the product when you have coupons rather than wait until you need it and pay full price.

  • For products you’re very fond of, trying writing to the manufacturer and let them know how much you enjoy their product. Typically companies will show their appreciation by sending coupons.

  • Know the terms and conditions of the coupon before handing to the sales clerk.  This will help you save time by being prepared and not hold up the line of customers behind you!

  • The internet is an amazing place to find discounts and deals.  There are many sites devoted to cashback deals and promotion codes.  Do a quick search to find the most popular ones.

  • Sign up for newsletters with your favorite brand.  Often times, companies provide individuals with incent to sign up for newsletters, including exclusive coupons and freebies.  Become a member and enjoy the benefits!

These are some of the crucial coupon tools and tips for beginners that will help you save your hard earned bucks.  The long term benefits of couponing may surprise you as your savings will really add up over time.  Have fun on your couponing adventure and enjoy your savings!!

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