How to Save Big with Coupons
Couponers have been around for decades, but only within the last few years has "extreme couponing" become popular. As money becomes tighter and budgets become more slim, it becomes more important for families to save money whereever possible. It is easy to save big on household, personal care, and grocery items with a little preparation and enthusiasm.
The first step to great coupons is to collect coupons. This can be done in a number of ways. You can buy the newspaper, collect from friends, co-workers and family, or print coupons on-line, When beginning couponing, I would recommend gathering 2-4 copies of each coupon. It is best to have an even number of coupons for those buy one get one sales.
Research the sales
You can research the store sales through the store's websites, the newspaper sales ad, or various websites. When just starting out, it is vital to go to a couponing website to get the coupon match-ups for the store's sales. These websites will list the sale for the week and tell you which coupon to use for that item to make it as cheap as possible. Some fantastic couponing websites that I like are: www.southersavers.com and www.couponmom.com.
Pick the Deals
It is important to pick the deals with the lowest price for that item. Just because there is a sale on the item and a coupon to match, does not mean that it is the best possible deal. Although if an item is needed right away it is far better to buy that item on sale for fifty cent cheaper than it usually is with a dollar off coupon than to buy it at regular pice. However, as you begin to learn things about couponing it won't be necessary to buy the item at less than the best price.
Don't be brand loyal
In order to save the most money possible,it is important to not be brand loyal. You will find that you will be able to purchase national brands for a better price than store brands more often than not. However, you won't be able to achieve the best possible price if you are constantly waiting for a particular brand to have the proper sale/coupon match-up.
Do you need 100 tubes of toohpaste? No, probably not. Store sales cycle approximately every six weeks. You want to purchase enough of the given item to last approximately six to eight weeks. Again, it may not be on a particular brand, but you will find that item on sale about every six weeks. For instance, you may find a national brand peanut butter at rock bottom price and then six weeks later find another national brand at rock bottom prices.
Remember that as you get better at couponing, you will be able to find savings that you never knew possible. All it takes is a little planning and preparation and enthusiasm for saving money! Simply begin researching the sales and start slowly. Soon, you will have a six week stockpile and a larger bank account. Good luck!