I have 5 simple tips for beginners. Not rocket science here, but will make your life easier if you follow them.
- Take time to learn.
- Find yourself a good, local blog to follow.
- Collect coupons.
- Get organized.
- Try it – small.
Too many wannabe couponers watch an episode or two of TLC’s Extreme Couponing
true to real life show (or some of the big coupon groups that are out there these days filled with unethical users) and then rush out and think they are gonna do the same. You can quickly get overwhelmed with the sheer magnitude of the task ahead. Then you get discouraged and stop. I want you to check it out, learn what you need to know, start small and keep going. Let it slowly build and create continual excitement, so that you keep doing it and keep saving your family some great amounts of money!
1. Take time to learn. Seems pretty self-explanatory to me. Check out Southern Savers “Learn to Coupon” section. Read my post COUPONS: How To Use Them. Don’t just learn from THAT show! Don’t just learn from a friend who may or may not know what they are doing, who may or may not have learned what they know from THAT show. Learn from some well-established bloggers.
2. Find a good, local blog. If you do not have a blog to follow that is local to your area, please ask me to help you find one. I’m glad you are here! (I want you to stay!!) Glad to have you as a fan on my site, but you need to have someone local who can help you find the great deals at your local grocery stores. Hopefully this new blog will also have some sort of “Learn to Coupon” section for you to read, as well.
3. Collect Coupons. Refer to my recent post COUPONS: Where Do I Find Them? The Sunday paper is your first resource. The rule of thumb for knowing how many to buy-is 1 set of inserts for every person in your home that eats like an adult. (So if you have 5 people in your home, buy 6 papers.) In the beginning, you may want an extra set or two, but definitely do NOT buy 100 inserts EVER! (Shaking head…. clearing throat… rolling eyes…)
4. Get Organized. For some of you this will come easy, while for others this will be a continual task. Check out COUPONS: Organizing Your Coupons. I try to give you the most common ways. Choose one and stick with it. Make it work for you and your lifestyle. Don’t choose the one I use, just because it works for me.
5. Try it. Plan out a simple scenario. A simple plan of attack. 🙂 Southern Savers usually has a simple scenario for you on the drugstore lists each week. That is a great way to try it out.
- Buy 1 thing, offer your coupon and pay. Get back a reward (ECB-Extra Care Buck).
- Buy a 2nd thing, offer your coupon, hopefully offer an ECB and pay even less OOP (out of pocket).
- Get your ECB and LEAVE. Go home! Stop while the excitement is high. Don’t get in too far and then crash and burn and get down about what you did. Your first several shopping trips should be small ones. This will keep you motivated to do it again. When you feel comfortable, then try for a bigger one.
I want you ALL to learn how to be successful, super couponers. Learn how to save your family fantastic amounts of money! Just remember that it is supposed to be FUN! We have to keep it that way or we burn out and stop. I NEVER want to go back to paying full price for anything!
If you have questions, comments or need help finding a local blog, feel free to leave me comment!
New Couponer Tips:
- Extreme Couponing show is not realistic couponing.
- Research – You can not be a lazy couponer! Look at the matchups on here and see which deals you want to do!
- Organize – Get your list and pair it with your coupons. Have them ready BEFORE you go!
- Know the store schedule. You can see most of them by clicking here.
- If what you went for is gone – ask for a rain check.
- Watch limits – Often you will see “limit 2″ or “must buy 2″
- In most cases, you can only use 1 manufacturer coupon for 1 item. You can use 1 store and 1 manufacturer coupon on 1 item though!
- You can use coupons on sale and clearance items.
- You can not copy a coupon, it is illegal and you can go to jail for it.
- Print off the coupon policies and have them with you for the stores you plan to use coupons at.
- Sales cycle every 3 to 6 months. If you miss the deal, we will see it again!
- Always sign up for store loyalty cards, many give out coupons, eCoupons, and members save a lot of money!
- 10 for $10 deal doesn’t mean you have to get 10 items for them all to be $1.00, unless stated “must buy6”, it will all ring up $1.00.
- Buy 4 Save $4 deals requires you to buy 4 of the participating items in order to save $4 ( or $1 each item).
- Join our group to ask questions and see deals not posted online!