There are people everywhere today touting the benefits of coupons. Everything from “Coupon Queens” on TV to “Deal Seekers” online focus on the joys of using coupons. Though it may look simple, the process does require a fair amount of work. The piece that follows is sure to provide useful guidance.
Use coupons when items go on sale. There may be times when you will need to keep a specific coupon for a long while instead of applying it the next time you visit the store. You may also have to plan out a more complex shopping trip involving multiple stops in order to get the full benefits of your coupons.
When you go shopping, bring along all of your coupons, even the ones you don’t plan on using. You just don’t know when you will walk into a sale only taking place in that store, so have your coupons at least in the parking lot in your car.
Devote one morning or afternoon per week to exclusively search, clip, and print coupons. Making it part of your routine is the efficient way to go about it. Try to spend a good amount of time researching and clipping to make the most of your couponing efforts.
When you arrive at the cashier’s stand, make certain your coupons have scanned correctly. Many times coupons aren’t scanned correctly at the checkout counter, and it’s either an error with the store or the coupon. Keep an eye on the cashier as he or she scans your coupons and make sure it worked right.
Sometimes it’s worth the money to use coupon clipping services when you know a great sale is going to take place. Find a coupon clipping site that you can buy coupons from.
If you don’t have the time for couponing, don’t do it. It can be really time consuming to round up all the coupon inserts and then clip the coupons. Take some time a estimate how much you save each hour, so you know if the time you spend is worth how much you save.
When using coupons you will want to know the different acronyms and their meanings. One example is ‘BOGO’, which is the same as buying one and then getting a second of the same item free. Another acronym used often is “MIR” which stands for mail-in rebate. These are just a few of the acronyms used to describe coupons. If you are not familiar with them, you may not be aware of the value of the coupon.
Coupons are available in many places, and the savings can be phenomenal if you understand the techniques of couponing. Your own coupon journey can begin with the coupon advice listed above.