discount coupons for saving money on food or household purchases is a
practice known popularly as "couponing." To coupon,
then, is to participate in couponing.
There are many experts in the art of couponing, and plenty of helpful
advice for those looking to maintain their lifestyle at a lower price:
That Double Coupons
Kimberly Danger, publisher of Mommysavers.com, and author
Best Baby Bargains, advises
"couponers" to see out stores
that double coupons. Each store has its own policy about coupons
— some will double or triple coupons, others won’t.
Some will accept more than one of the same coupon, others will honor
just one. Sometimes it is up to the individual store manager to decide.
Learn the rules of the stories you frequent. For a directory
of grocery stores that double coupons, Click
If you can get a 50-ounce bottle of detergent for $4.50 that usually
costs $7.99, don’t buy just one; buy several and store the
extras. This is true of almost all non-perishables.
coupons are increasingly
online. They can be printed at home and used at most stores.
at the manufacturer websites of your favorite brands. Many
are also available, offering coupons from dozens of manufacturers.
Some require a (often free) subscription. Users are notified via e-mail
whenever a new deal is posted, generally once a day.These issuers often
have a cap on the number of coupons they
distribute, so its a good idea to act quickly on any that are of
interest and to browse for new offers frequently.
Five top online coupon sites:
Coupon codes used online can give you free shipping, a percentage off
of your total price, or a "Buy One ~ Get One Free" deal. Directories
are available explaining where
to go online to find these
codes, and how to use them.
a Plan Before You Shop
To save the most on coupon offers, they should be combined with
low-priced sale items as much as possible. Make a shopping list that
features the products that are currently hitting low points in their
pricing cycle. Add coupons to cut those sale prices even further. And
avoid making purchases not on the prepared shopping list.
Increasing numbers of shoppers are using smartphone mobile applications
to take advantage of coupon offers from retail and restaurant
businesses. Applications like Yowza are free, paperless, and
location-based. Coupons are uploaded to shoppers on their smartphone or
devices based on their location. Coupons appear on view screen ready to
be scanned or redeemed by a cashier or server. No printer is needed. If
the UPC codes doesn't scan, it can usually be entered manually.
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Organize coupons in
categories for easy shopping;
put in a place that’s easily accessible.
Check grocer policies for double- or triple-value coupon days.
Read sales ads and pair manufacturer’s coupons with
coupons for added savings.
Shop for good nutrition and value.
Be cautious about buying high-sodium, high-fat foods even if
are saving money.
Use coupons for items that you normally eat. Resist the urge
buy a food just because you have a coupon.
Look for coupons on the back of grocery receipts.
Read the “best if used by” and “sell
on foods, and select foods with the longest shelf life for best quality.
Label foods with the date of purchase.
Organize pantry in
“first in first out” order to rotate food supply