I was in the store the other day, and realized that my coupon organizer was in disarray. Many of the coupons I’ve been carrying in it have expired. Oops!
Sometimes I get a little burned out on the clipping coupons thing, and so I got a little lazy.
But the laziness is starting to affect my bank account, so it’s time to dust off my couponing knowledge and start saving again!
Since September is National Coupon Month, I thought I’d give myself a little refresher on coupon use:
Combine store coupons with manufacturer coupons and a great sale to get the best deals.
Forgot your store coupon at home? Ask the clerk if they can take the discount anyway. Just don’t abuse this courtesy, or you’ll get some angry glares.
If you don’t have a subscription to the Sunday newspaper, you can check out Sunday Coupon Preview each week to see what coupons are in the paper before you buy.
Many magazines have coupons inside. All You is one of the best, but Parents, Women’s Day, and Ladies Home Journal usually have a few, too.
Don’t clip everything. I usually clip just the coupons I know I will use. Then I write the date on the coupon insert and file it by month. From then on, I use the searchable coupon database to help find the coupons I need for my next shopping trip.
Look for tearpads and peelies while you’re shopping. But please, only take the peelies from products you are buying that day.
Sign up for e-mails from companies whose products you use. Follow companies on Facebook and Twitter to find other freebies and deals.
Check those free samples! If you’ve been requesting a lot of free samples, be sure to check the packaging. Many of them come with high value coupons.
Abandon brand loyalty. You’ll find more deals if you’re willing to try new things.
Think small. Sometimes the best deals are found when you’re able to use a high value coupon on the smallest size item to get it for free or nearly free.
These are a few of the tips I use when it comes to clipping coupons. What are some things you do to make coupon clipping less of a chore?