So, you want to know how to start couponing, but you don’t know how to? It’s not as hard as it looks. I promise!
First I would recommend reading ‘Where to Get Coupons’ and ‘Organization’. (They are located in basic) These will get you started and help you understand everything below a little better.
Now that you know where to get coupons & where to put them…You need to know how to use them!
Every week stores come out with a new sale ad. Usually the ad will come out a few days before it starts. This gives you time to get your new list together or order more coupons if you need them. To get the best deals, you need to matchup what is on sale with the coupons that you have. Just because you have a coupon and the item is on sale, doesn’t mean you need to buy it. Compare the price with the store brand price. If the store brand price is still cheaper, then it’s probably not that good of a deal. But, if an items hits the ‘rock bottom’ price, then you probably want to buy enough to last you 6 months.
Here is an example of rock bottom prices for items:
Shampoo & Conditioner – .50
Toothpaste – .25
Laundry Detergent – 1.50
Any cookie/cracker – .75
BBQ sauce/ketchup – .50
Sales and coupons are also seasonal. For example, condiments, paper products, and soda are usually on sale during the summer. While in the winter, soup, cake mixes, and hot chocolate are on sale.
It will take a lot of time if you try to do all the coupon match ups yourself. I would recommend going to Southern Savers for your coupon match ups. I will try to post as many as I can, but I don’t have access to every grocery store.
If you understand this, then you are probably ready to move on to advanced! Good luck & Happy Savings!