I taught a couponing class at my local mom’s group this past week. Bless her heart, but there was one lady there that was just terrified of couponing. She said it was overwhelming and that she tried to start before and just couldn’t do it. It kind of made me sad because couponing doesn’t have to be scary and overwhelming. You don’t have to be like the people you see on some extreme couponing show. You can start simple and still save tons of money.
Does couponing overwhelm you? Do you find yourself looking at sites like Thrifty Divas and feeling like you just don’t get it? Here’s my quick start guide to couponing. If you are a person that is overwhelmed by all this coupon talk, start here.
1. Buy one paper a week. Either go to your local gas station and buy a paper or have it delivered. Most newspapers will cut you deal when you are just buying the Sunday paper, so it may be cheaper to have it delivered. This is where a lot of new couponers go wrong. They want to be like the extreme couponers and get stockpiles that take up their basement and get 10 copies of the Sunday paper. Don’t do that! Start small and just deal with one set of inserts.
2. Don’t clip and sort. When I first started, I didn’t do the whole binder thing. It was way too much for me. Instead, I bought one of those accordion file organizers and I simply wrote in black marker the date of the insert. Then when Thrifty Divas does your local store match ups, we will tell you the date the coupon was in the paper and what insert it was in and you’ll know exactly where to get it from. Just put them in date order in your folder and you can easily find them.
3. Only do store match ups. This is such an easy way to get started. Thrifty Divas will post match ups for you so all the work is done. Finding your own deals can be kind of daunting if you are new to this. However, we will do the work. Below is an example of a match up we did last week for Walgreens.
Johnson Dental Floss, 55 yd. $0.99
With in ad coupon, Limit 3
Use $1.00/1 Reach Floss from RP 3/4 (exp 5/31)
Final Price: Free
The first line is the price of the item. The second line tells you that there is an in store ad that makes the item $.99. My local Walgreens doesn’t require you to show them the ad, but some may. So just to be safe, clip the in store ad. This is an ad found in the Walgreens advertisement you get in the newspaper or when you walk in the door. The third line tells you about a coupon for that item. It says what the coupon is for, where it’s from (RP=Red Plum) and the date it was in the newspaper. Finally, the last line tells you the final price which in this case is FREE!
That’s pretty easy huh? If you are new to couponing, don’t try to get fancy. Just follow Thrifty Divas match ups and then you can move onto more complicated couponing when you are more comfortable.
Try the 3 easy steps above and save money!
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