Coupons for Beginners

Times are tough and everyone is cutting back. There is no reason why you need to give up eating well and buying a little something extra, even while saving money. Here are a few tips to get you started on your journey as a coupon user.

1. Get a Sunday paper and if possible get more than one. To save money, you can ask your friends/neighbors/coworkers to bring in extra inserts because the more you have, the more you can save.

2. Know your stores policies. Does your store take competitors coupons? Do they price match? Do they double/triple coupons? Can you use a manufacturer coupon and a store coupon to maximize your savings? Have a chat with your local store manager or call the corporate office, most places are glad to let you know what their policies are.

3. Stock up when things are on sale. J uses Gillette Fusion razors. The razors cost around $10 a piece with the refills costing somewhere in the $20 range. This is more than I am willing to spend on razors. So I wait until CVS and Walgreens have a sale of $10 with $5 back and combine that with a $4 off manufacturer coupon and end up paying around $1 a razor.

4. Save on items when you can, so you can splurge on others. Fresh foods do not go on sale as much as coffee but your overall food budget will go down if you save a ton on coffee and purchase the full price strawberries.

5. Get a rain check. Even if it is only one variety of an on sale item that is out, take your flyer to customer service and ask for one. Most of these do not expire and you can hold onto them until better coupons come out or to stock up on more of an item than your store normally carries.

6. Use the internet. The following sites have great coupons on healthy items.

Mambo Spouts

Whole Foods


Smart Source

Red Plum 

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One thought on “Coupons for Beginners

  1. Thanks for this info. I watched that show about extreme couponning but they didn’t really give any tips for beginners.
    I haven’t gotten into the habit of using coupons but I try to only shop when items are BOGO and try to shop at the same stores so I can take advantage of reward programs.
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