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Couponing Tips & Tricks

There are many ways that you can go about saving money by using coupons. By combining store coupons with manufacturer's coupons in a method that's called "stacking" as well as catching items on sale, you can actually sometimes get items for free or next to nothing. As an example of how this can work, I found almond milk which normally sells for $2.89 per half gallon on sale for $2.50. I then paired that with a store coupon for $1.50 off. I also had a manufacturer's coupon for an additional 55 cents off. I ended up getting two half gallons for a mere $1!

When organizing your coupons, you can use several different methods. Lots of people use what's called a coupon binder. Using a binder and baseball card protectors, you would clip the coupons and then organize them by way of the area where they're found in the store. Lots of people use the the sections titled dairy and refrigerated items, health and beauty items, snacks and candies, household items, produce, meat items, etc. The different areas of the store can actually be divided further. For example, some people divide out the medications from the health and beauty items and the cleaning items from the household items because it is easier to see what they have.

Another method that some people use is filing the inserts from the newspaper by the date of the paper. If you know what coupons were printed what date you can quickly go to that date and clip the coupons as you need them. This won't work though if you don't know what date what coupons were printed. It also would get confusing if you get coupons from other sources such as online, from the store or from other sources.

When purchasing items with coupons, you need to make sure you have the same number of coupons as you do items. If you don't, you could end up paying full price for something that you'd otherwise get for free or very little money.

One thing lots of people neglect to do is to plan out their shopping trip before they go. You can find circulars for most stores online or just check the local Sunday newspaper. This will tell you what's on sale for that week and what coupons you need for your trip to the store. Stocking up while coupons are on sale is another area that some people overlook when using coupons. When buying the Sunday paper, buy multiple copies so you have duplicates of the coupons and you can stock up on items when they're on sale.

If you go to a store in search of an item that's on sale and they are out of that item, you can get what is called a rain check so that you can come back and purchase that item at the sale price when it is restocked, even if it's not on sale at that time. Just make sure that the coupons for that item aren't going to expire before that item is restocked or the rain check won't really do you much good because you will get charged the sale price without the discount of the coupons. You would actually have to pay more with the rain check than you would if you simply go to another store that has the item in stock.

There are actually lots of tips and tricks to couponing and many people have saved hundreds of dollars in a single transaction. With a little research, planning and work, you can do the same. Wouldn't you trade a few hours of your time for saving hundreds of dollars and even getting lots of free items?

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