Hi! Welcome to my blog. I am Austin from Davenport, Iowa, a full time mom and housewife who always looks for ways to save money. After 16 years of mariage and two kids I have acquired a lot of experience in couponing, which you will find here. Feel free to navigate through the site and read my tips. Also look for current discount coupons and promos for your online purchases.
With the current financial times, saving seems like an impossibility. However, this article is here to turn things around for you. With the information that you will have after reading this article, you will be saving easily close to $2,400 a year. Outstanding right?
Okay, now that you are paying attention, you should know that couponing has been around for a while now. The problem is that the resources to make it work effectively and make it worth your while were not available in the past. However, with the recent technological advancements, couponing has become a very feasible saving strategy for many. If you are a beginner, the following coupon basics will prove very helpful as you find your way and grow in the art.
Use It Before It Expires
First thing that you should know is that coupons have expiry dates just like perishable goods in the shelves. You must make use of the coupon before the expiry date or it will be useless to you. In addition to this, they also come with other restrictions such as brand, make, quantity and size that are usually written in small print.
Watch a few basic tips on couponing:
Read The Terms
If you have ever had a coupon before, you know that it has two types of print – a large and small pint. The large print is mostly used to grab your attention and to lure you in. However, as the saying goes, when the deal is too good, think twice. In this case, when the offer is too good, read the details in small print. This is what will tell you if a coupon is really a deal or just a rip off.
The advancement of technology, more so the internet, has made couponing even easier. For a newbie it is best that you make use of coupon websites as these match sales with coupons. They basically do all the heavy lifting for you. They look for sales and then look for any coupons that are available for the same sale and match them up for you. All that is left for you when you go online to shop is click on a button that for the most part is labeled Get code’. Some of these coupon websites are such as Retailmenot, Favado, Krazycouponlady and grocerysmarts. It is good practice to check out two or more sites before you make a purchase.
If you have a laptop or a desktop, you can print out coupons online. And not just once but thrice or even four times depending on coupon that you are printing out. To do this, you need not be a computer geek or something close to that. No. The fact that you can use your machine to access the internet is all the skill that is required to obtain more than one coupon of the same type. All you have to do is press the back button on the keyboard and reselect the coupon and proceed to print again. The best resources for the online coupons are such as HotCouponWorld.com, and Coupons.com.
You Don’t Have To Use Them All
The other thing about couponing is to keep a close track on your expenditure. You can actually go broke while you are trying to save some money. Yes you heard that right. If you do not closely monitor yourself as you spend all day couponing and trying to get the best deal there is, you just might spend a little too much than you had planned and more than your budget allows for. You might have saved about 40%, but the extra little small stuff that you purchased cancelled that out an even went overboard. Couponing can be a thrill especially when you are new to it. Walking into a store and getting free stuff and discounts can really give you a rush. However, you should realize and put into consideration that you spent money to get to the store, to research, to buy newspapers to get the coupons, papers and ink to print.
The best way to build up your stock is slowly and with exercising moderation. Take the turtle approach and not the hare’s. To keep yourself in check and ultimately your budget, you could make it a habit to coupon only three weeks in a month.
These are some of the basics that can see you lead a comfortable life without solely depending, hoping and praying that you get a pay rise at your work place.