Help I'm new to Coupons; Any tips? :)

Lillie - posted on 04/14/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son is now 8 months old, after watching all the segments on tv recently & TLC new show Extreme Couponing, it has now come to my attention I can save a crazy amount of money! As my husband is in business with his father I am fortunate enough to be able to stay home, however I now feel it is possible to save money, rather than my normal outrage grocery shopping, then why not! I am completely foreign to the entire process, no idea where to start, or how to accomplish this goal! So I am asking for any tips, websites, books, advice, even do's dont's and how to's! Thank you so much! Any mentors/friends are very much welcome!

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Constance - posted on 04/26/2011

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Get to know your stores coupon policies. Look at your ads for places like drugstores chains. Most people think of these places as out of their price range but when you combine sales and coupons a lot of times you can walk out with $100 worth of merchendise 20 or 30 dollars.
Be practical about your stockpile. Things go on sale about every 8 to 12 weeks, so if you base your shopping around that that how you get you biggest savings. One of my favorite websites is moneysavingmom.com she is really nice and has lots of great ways to save money in al aspects of life. Also type in your search engine money saving ideas with coupons and you will get an explosion of information.

Jenn - posted on 04/14/2011

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I have been couponing for a few months now and i absolutely love it. I love getting things for next to nothing or even free. It is very addictive!! Here are some great sites to get you started and teach you everything you need to know:

http://www.couponing101.com/getting-star...

http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/be...

http://www.hotcouponworld.com/forums/cou...

http://thekrazycouponlady.com/ (Click on the 'Beginners' tab, this is Joanie, the young lady from TLCs Extreme Couponing's show)

http://frugalliving.about.com/od/bargain...

http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/20...

http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/ho...

http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/ho...

Between all these sites you will learn everything you need to know about couponing, but try to break it down into smaller steps as it can get overwhelming. I recommend the first site couponing101.com. Go on that site, click the 'getting started' tab then on the 'beginners guide to couponing' tab and simply pick a section each day to focus on such as "getting coupons", "coupon lingo", "organizing your coupons" and focus on only that topic for the day. If you try to cram everything in one day it is going to be overwhelming and confusing. Once you learn the basics of couponing it isn't that hard. The main idea is using coupons to purchase items that are already on sale in order to get them cheap or free. So take it slow and focus on one topic at a time. You can also simply Google "Couponing" or "how to coupon"..There is a wealth of info and plenty of blogs on couponing on the internet. There are also many great videos on YouTube, simply type in 'couponing' or 'how to coupon'. I recommend the first couple of topics you learn about are "How to get coupons", "Coupon lingo", "Organizing your coupons" (there are many methods to store your coupons such as the binder method, the accordion file, etc.) Once you have some coupons and have somewhere to put them then you can move on to "stockpiling"and some of the more technical aspects. It seems like a lot but it is really quite simple, and tons of fun!! It is VERY important to realize that you are not going to end up like the people on extreme couponing with 600$ worth of groceries for 5$, that is why it is called "extreme", these are not average couponers, these people have dedicated years to this and spend 60 plus hours a week couponing. It is simply NOT REALISTIC!! Yes, you can get free stuff but it will take a few months to get the hang of it, and you most likely wont be getting all your groceries for free. Please do not expect to have savings like that. Hoever, It is possible to cut your grocery bill by as much as 50% or more once you have been couponing for a while and get familier with your stores sale cycles!! It is also a good idea to go to your usual grocery stores websites or to the store and get a copy of their "Coupon Policy" if they have one, this will let you know valuable info like whether thay double coupons (double the face value of the coupon), if they accept internet printable coupons, and it is good to have in case you run into a problem with using coupons, that way you can simply pull it out and show it to the cashier. I keep copies of my store policies in my coupon binder. Here is a copy of Wal-Mart's coupon Policy: http://walmartstores.com/7655.aspx

If you have any questions at all about couponing please feel free to message me and I will try my best to answer you!
Here is a list of websites that offer free coupons that you can either print or have mailed to you( this is a great way to build your coupon stash) You can also get coupons by joining couponing forums and let people know you are just starting out and many people will send you a RAOK (random act of kindness) aka free envelope full of coupons) Another great way to get high value or even free product coupons is to simply email companies of products you are interested i (For example Kraft, Heinz, Pampers, etc)and simply ask for coupons, also be sure to ask if they have a mailing list you can be added to in order to receive the latest coupons and special offers!! Almost every company will send you coupons on a monthly basis. Your local newspaper also probably has coupon inserts on a regular basis.You can get the schedule for this by contacting your local newspaper or simply Googling 2011 coupon insert schedules for your area. There are three different inserts that go into papers in North America: Redplum, SmartSource and P&G Brandsaver. I HIGHLY recommend making a separate email address for couponing only though because you will get lots of mail from companies and couponing sites and that way it wont go in your everyday email inbox) Here's where to get coupons!:

http://smartsource.com/smartsource/index...

http://smartsource.com/smartsource/index...

https://www.brandsaver.ca/en_ca/

http://www.coupons.com/

http://www.groupons.com/coupons/

http://www.save.ca/ (this is a canadian site, they mail them to you by snailmail)

http:www.websaver.ca/ (Same idea, Canadian site, coupons sent by normal mail)

http://www.couponmom.com/

http://www.couponsurfer.com/

http://www.gocoupons.ca/ (Sent by mail)

http://thekrazycouponlady.com/print-coup...

One last thing I want to tell you is there are TONS of websites that do the hard part for you, which is matching coupons up to sales and telling you where to get the coupon needed for that particular sale. I am not sure where you live but there is most likely a site like this for your area. The Krazy Coupon Mom site does this, along with about a thousand other blogs and sites, so it takes a bit of digging to find the site that works best for you. Well I have told you everything I can think of and shared all my resources, so now it is up to you!! Remember, take it slow, be realistic and have fun!! Good luck!!

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