Learn how to become a smart and savvy shopper (not an Extreme Couponer) with these smart couponing tips! Whether you are a novice couponer or a couponing expert these tips will help you save even more money on your groceries!
If you are a new to couponing these tips will help you save money for sure, however, be sure to brush up on the couponing basics in our Couponing 101 – 6 Keys to Couponing guide.
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Smart Couponing Tips:
Smart Couponing Tip: Know Your Store Coupon Policies Couponing is a game, so to speak, and when you are playing a game it’s important to know what the rules are before you play. So that means that you need to understand the coupon acceptance policies at the stores you shop at. Some stores have conveniently […]
Smart Couponing Tip: Dumpster Dive for More Coupons Dumpster diving for coupons is one of the ways that some extreme couponers get more coupons. That’s right they dig through dumpsters for discarded papers. However most don’t dive into trash bins but instead dive into recycling bins full of newspapers. Is this legal? Well it depends. […]
Smart Couponing Tip: Shop at multiple stores Forget store loyalty if you want to become an extreme couponer. Instead, shop where the deals are. If Wal-Mart has dish soap on sale and Kroger has tuna on sale and Walgreens has deodorant on sale this week then plan one shopping trip (or more) where you can […]
Smart Couponing Tip: Forget Brand Loyalty When you become a couponer loyalty to your favorite brands goes out the window because you are now buying the brands that are on sale plus have coupons instead of your favorite brands. Coupons powered by Coupons.com So if your favorite brand of laundry detergent is Tide you may […]
Smart Couponing Tip: Organize Your Coupons In order to be an effective couponer you need to organize your coupons in a method that works best for you so that you can quickly find the coupons you need and go grocery shopping and find just what you need! Finding a system that works for you is […]
Smart Couponing Tip: Plan Your Meals Around Sales & Stockpile Before becoming a couponer, many of us planned our meals around what sounded good and we would write up a weekly meal plan based on wants rather than needs. However once you become a coupon shopper meal planning should shift and you should plan your […]
When Albertsons rolled out the first 10/$10 sales several years ago, it was the perfect promotion. Get 10 items for $10 bucks! How simple could that be? And even better, they didn’t make you buy all 10 items; so really, you were getting a variety of items for $1. Now, those sales are commonplace and the bargains […]
Smart Couponing Tip: Order Coupons From A Clipping Service How do extreme couponers get so many coupons? Some of them order multiple coupons in batches from a clipping service. The average cost of most coupons is about 10% to 35% of the face value with “free item” coupons costing in the upper range of that […]
Smart Couponing Tip: Avoiding Crowds At The Grocery Store To avoid the crowds and longer check-out time at the grocery store there are a few things you can do. Shop at non-peak hours – grocery stores are the most crowded between about 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM as people are off on their lunch break, […]
Smart Couponing Tip: Rain Checks are a Couponers Best Friend! Smart couponers know that when they go grocery shopping that there is a good chance that something on their shopping list is going to be out of stock. So what’s a couponer to do? Ask for a rain check. A rain check is a slip of […]
I often hear from readers that while they would love to learn how to coupon and build a stockpile that the one thing holding them back is that their spouse is not exactly thrilled with the idea. There can be several reasons why a husband or wife (or significant other) is not onboard with the […]
Smart Couponing Tip: Contacting Companies for Coupons Want to know how to get free item or high value coupons? Most of those great coupons are not going to be found in your Sunday paper or printable coupons. Nope, one of the best ways to get your hands on some high value coupons to help you […]
Smart Couponing Tip: Pre-Order Items at the Grocery Store You may not know this, but a lot of the extreme couponers on the TLC show “Extreme Couponing” pre-ordered large quantities of grocery items beforehand. I should say that not all stores will do this for you but it pays to ask your local manager if […]
Smart Couponing Tip: Label Your Coupon Binder! Coupons powered by Coupons.com Your coupon binder contains hundreds if not thousands of dollars of coupons in it that you have collected over the course of several months or years. You have invested time and money setting up your coupon binder and it would just stink to lose […]
Learn the Sales Cycles Everything, and I mean everything goes on sale at some point in time or another. Knowing when the prices are lowest and buying to stockpile is important. These are called sales cycles and it takes a while to learn them and fine tune your shopping habits around those low price times. For example […]