Couponing 101

Couponing For Beginners

Couponing has become a popular craze among people who are looking to save money. Popular TV shows such as “Extreme Couponing” which airs on TLC, gives viewers inspiration to start saving coupons they find in newspapers and local advertisements. In today’s society, it is becoming easier to start couponing because of all the technological advancements available. By using simple strategies it makes it easy to save up to a minimum of 15 percent off of an average monthly grocery bill.

Beginners Guide to Using Coupons

Sign up for grocery store savings cards.

  • Signing up for savings cards takes only a few minutes. After signing up, even if you forget or misplace your card, the store will be able to look up and access your info so you can continue to save. New apps such as  Cardstar app give users the ability to consolidate all rewards and memberships cards on one app for smart saving.
  • Pick a favorite store to shop at.
  • Picking a favorite select store such as Kroger, Walgreens, CVS or Sam’s Club, just to name a few, they will allow the stores to start to send their valued customers coupons by mail for the products purchased most frequently.

Know where to find coupons.

  • The key to couponing the right way involves having coupons, but where to find them is a common question for beginners. With the advancement of smartphones and the internet there are many more options that enable beginner couponers to get coupons from paper to printable to electronic coupons.

Best places to find coupons.

  • Printable coupons- these can be found on the internet. Some of the most popular sites are and Redplum.
  • Magazines- One of the top magazines known for the best coupons is All You Magazine.
  • Ecoupons- these can be found on apps downloaded on your smartphone. One of the most popular sites for ecoupons is
  • Tearpads/Blikies- these are the coupon dispensers that are located in the store. They are found on displays, hanging from the shelf, or in some cases on the products themselves.
  • Catalina printouts- these are coupons that can be printed at the store after you checkout.
  • Weekly newspaper- these are easily accessible and vary each week in the Sunday paper.

Know when to use coupons.

  • Wait for sales- It is best to wait to use coupons when select items go on sale. It is not wise to waste the coupons on full price items.
  • Clipping and locating coupons is the first step to couponing. Knowing when to use the coupons is when the savings roll in.
  • Organize your coupons
  • Organizing coupons makes it much easier and less time consuming when you need to use them. Many couponers organize by using binders which can sort and divide their coupons with tabs and pockets. It is best to place the coupons that expire soon and are the most relevant at the front.


Know how to use coupons

  • Once you find an item on sale the next step is to add on any other coupons that can also be used toward that item.
  • When an item is on sale but there isn’t any more on the shelf, stop by customer service and ask for a rain check on that item. You’ll get the sale price when the product is restocked or available for purchase.
  • Don’t just buy a product because you have a coupon. Only buy what you need.


Learn how to maximize your savings

  • Matching coupons to sales helps you get more bang for your buck.
  • Make sure you know each stores coupon policy.
  • It is best to show at stores that double coupons.

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