We all need to start somewhere, and this could not be truer when it comes to couponing. We live, we learn and we share. If you are new to couponing, there are 5 common snags that you must be on the lookout for. Learn as much as you can while you make your mark on couponing and avoid these 5 pitfalls if possible.
BECOMING OVERWHELMED BY THE PROCESS
As with all new skills, you need time to practice them. If you jump in with both feet too quickly, you may just find yourself simply too overwhelmed. The best way to begin couponing, as with everything in life, is slowly. Start with one store; find coupons for that store, learn how the store works and practice in this shop until the process is familiar. While concentrating on that store, you will become more familiar with couponing; the procedure, the wordings and the policies. Only then step out into the big world of couponing and start using other stores. Always remember to practice couponing in a courteous and legal manner.
SPENDING MORE INSTEAD OF LESS
When you first start couponing you are going to have to resist the urge to clip and use every coupon you can find right away. The more seasoned you become, the more you will realize that couponing and sales work in cycles. Never use a coupon when the item is at full price. Wait, soon the item will go on sale and then you can use the coupon and get even a better deal. If the item goes on sale, and you don’t have a coupon, there will be other sales and other coupons – don’t worry. Also, don’t just buy items just because you have a coupon, this will blow your budget every time. Couponing is all about patience and choosing the best time to use your coupons.
DON’T THROW AWAY COUPONS
There are very few instances where you are going to need to throw away coupons because you will never need them. Obviously, saving diaper coupons with no baby in the house is a waste of time, but in most instances, you will use all the coupons you find. Once again, it boils down to patience. You will be surprised at how many times you can use a coupon just when you think it can’t be used. The worst that can happen is the coupon expires. Even then, there are organizations that take all expired coupon donations and send them to US Military bases where they can still be used.
DON’T PRINT ALL ONLINE COUPONS
When you start out, try not to be too over eager and print out every coupon you can find. This will cost you a lot of money in the long run on paper and ink, and all you will have to show for it will be a bunch of expired coupons. Try and find a balance between what you buy regularly and if there is a really exceptional deal; print those coupons as there is a high probability that you will use them. Once you get the hang on couponing, you will find it a lot easier to be more selective about the coupons you print.
DON’T THINK YOU CAN’T COUPON
Everyone can coupon! Sure people that live in bigger cities with stores that double will get a lot more coupon deals than someone that lives in a small rural area with a limited selection of stores. However, it does not matter where you live, there will be coupon deals that you can take advantage of. All you need to do is take the time to know what stores accept coupons, what their policies are and where you can get coupons for the area in which you live.Avoiding these 5 common pitfalls when you start couponing will go a long way to making sure you save the most money in the least amount of time. Practice, practice, practice – you will be a super couponer in no time at all.