Second - Get Organized
Start Simple - when I started I ordered 2 Sunday papers and had a Walgreens store coupon book. I wanted to test out coupon savings before I put a lot of effort into an organization system.
Here are a few methods for organizing your coupons once you are ready to step it up.
Filing Method - Use a letter sized accordion file and file your coupon inserts. Don’t clip until you are ready to use them. With this method you do not have to waste anytime clipping coupons you never use. You will have to spend time clipping before you can shop, and you will not know where your coupons are if you unexpectedly find an item on sale.
Binder Method - You can use a binder that holds baseball card holder sheets. These work great to organize your coupons. Photo album sheets will work and this helps keep them organized by category, that way you can find them quickly and easily.
Clipping Method - We recommend that you get more then one insert each week. I get multiples - Do not clip each one separately. Stack each matching page together and cut all of them at one time.
Third – Find the Deals
Remember, there are so many places on the web and tons of experts on couponing that you do not have to do all the work, that is what coupon websites are for! Check out couponmom.com or pinchingyourpennies.com for tips and tricks on couponing.
Sales, stocking, stacking:
1. You are collecting coupons and are ready to save money but just because you have a coupon does not mean you should go out and use it! That is unless you absolutely need the item. Wait until there is a good sale! Combining sales and coupons = HUGE SAVINGS!
2. When you see an item on a good sale, plan to buy more. We definately encourage building a stockpile at home. The economy is not going in a good direction and anything you can do to build a storage at home will save you money.
3. You can use a store coupon AND a manufacturer coupon on the same item! This is called stacking coupons and is a great way to save even more.
Shop from your stockpile: With your multiple newspapers available, make sure to stock-up when you find a good sale! This will help you when you are making or planning your families meals - you will have to look no further than your pantry for the items that you need.
I love getting items free or drastically reduced from the store. I love it even more when the cashier asks me how did I do that?? It will take you some time to incorporate couponing into your daily life, don't get discouraged. Hang in there and don't give up. Got questions?? Feel free to ask us – and pass any good ideas along to our readers, we all love helps.