Couponing for Beginners

WHERE TO FIND COUPONS……
1. Internet Printable Coupons – The internet can be a literal gold-mine when it comes to grocery savings. There any tons of sites that offer printable coupons (Coupons.com, SmartSource.com, RedPlum.com are just a few) Luck with a Buck . Com is an excellent place to print coupons as we post the BEST deals and BIGGEST savings found on the net!
2. Sunday Paper Inserts – The Sunday paper isnt just for the comics section anymore! The majority of manufacturers love to go big with coupons every Sunday and keep competition healthy. Be sure to keep an eye out and have your favorite scissors ready.
3. Magazines – Many different publications make available some amazing savings for dedicated readers. All You, Family Circle, Woman’s Day and Good Housekeeping are all perfect examples that usually contain many valuable manufacturers coupons inside.
4. Your Local Store – There are quite a few different sources of cash-keeping inside of your local grocery store most times. There are “Blinkies”, those little red SmartSource machines found on grocery shelves. “Catalina” savings comes from a seperate machine that solely prints coupons at the register at the time of sale. Quite a few stores offer a Tearpad with coupons once inside the store to help promote select products.
5. Manufacturer Direct – Check manufacturer websites for printable coupons! You can also send them an email asking about certain products you enjoy. Lots of money can be saved from showing the manufacturer of products you love a little bit of love in return. A very basic review, testimonial, opinion or even just a simple question can result in substantial savings.
6. Junk Mail – Don’t just throw away all of that junk mail that comes in everyday as you could be throwing out money! To the human eye, it can all look like trash but sometimes there are cash cows hidden. Be sure to keep an eye open before tossing.

 

 

ORGANIZING YOUR COUPONS
There are a lot of ways to organize coupons; the key is to find what works best for you.
Here are two options:
Binder method: Clipping out all coupons and put in a binder
File method: Leaving the coupon inserts intact, and clip coupons “as-needed”

DEVELOP A FILING SYSTEM
Find a filing system that works best for you. Many couponers organize their coupons by grocery category: dairy, frozen foods, deli, etc.  Or by aisle, by expiration, etc.
Find a container to store your coupons. Use a file cabinet, a shoebox, a storage container, a coupon binder – it doesn’t matter what you choose as long as you have enough room for all your coupons.
Try to file your coupons as soon as you can. This will save you the hassle of having to sort through a big mess of coupons later when you need them.
Purge regularly. Expired coupons just take up space in your coupon file. Use the coupon checker at the top of the page to check for expired coupons.

COUPON LINGO
B1G1/BOGO:
Buy1, Get 1 Free
BOGO 50%: Buy 1 Get 1 50% off
CAT: Catalina
DND: Do Not Double
ISO: In Search Of
IP: Internet printed coupon
Mfg: Manufacture coupon
MIR: Mail in rebate
MM: Moneymaker
NLA: No longer available
OOP: Out of pocket
P&G: Procter & Gamble insert
psa: Prices Start At
RP: RedPlum Insert
SS: SmartSource Insert
UPC: Universal Product Code
WYB: When you buy
$1/2: $1 off of 2 items
ECB: Extra Care Bucks from CVS
RR: Register rewards (Wags)
Wags: Walgreens

 

 

 

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