“Anything that’s worth doing, is worth doing poorly”
I’m not going to lie to you. In the beginning it’s not going to save you much money and you’re probably going to make some mistakes. However, as you build up a stockpile of coupons and learn the ways of the masters, you will save a significant amount of money and I’m going to tell you how.
The first thing you need to do is actually get coupons. There are several places to get them and some of them may surprise you.
The best place to get them is the Sunday paper. You could just pick one up every Sunday but the easiest thing to do is get it delivered. Delivery is better for two reasons. Most likely you will get a discount on delivery versus buying it at a store. My local newspaper offers the Sunday paper for 6 months at $20.50. That’s about a 50% savings for choosing the easy route.
The second reason is so you don’t have to get dressed and go to the store, which will most likely keep you from actually going to the store. It’s kinda like automatic savings….kinda.
Before you sign up for delivery:
- Check the paper at the store to see if there’s a deal on getting the paper delivered. Mine had a code for about $14 for 26 weeks for even more savings.
- The most important thing is to make sure the paper you order actually carries the coupons. Go to the store first to check out which local newspaper carries coupons.
I suggest delivery the most because one of the mantras of couponing is the more the merrier (which I’ll get into more in the next part of this series). Getting more than one of the same coupon allows you to save so much more. Once you get the paper delivered, you can check to see if it’s a good week for coupons. If it is, then you can buy another paper or two in the store later, when you’re out and about. That’s not necessary when you’re just starting if you think it’s going to turn you off from couponing. Just get started first and worry about the best tips later.
There are several magazines that contain exclusive coupons. Here are a few:
- All You – The Magazine with the most coupons.
- Every Day with Rachael Ray
- Family Circle
- Woman’s Day
- Red Book
- Good Housekeeping
I wouldn’t recommend buying it direct from the magazine company because you can usually buy it cheaper from a magazine discount site. I purchased my All You subscription from Tanga.com because it was the best deal around. Another great site is BestDealMagazines.com, this is where I purchased multiple hobby magazines I enjoy.
*Back on subject*
The World Wide Web
Another source is none other than the wonderful internet. One argument against printing out coupons is it costs more to print them than you’re going to save. Not true, especially if you print out more than one coupon at a time and reuse the paper to print another coupon. Some great sources are:
A surprising place to find coupons is Facebook. If you “Like” companies Facebook page, they usually have coupons you can access.
*Shameless self promotion*
Feel free to “Like” my Facebook page: Financially Poor. You won’t get any coupons to buy me, but you’ll get updated about my posts on Facebook and one day maybe even exclusive giveaways.
*End shameless self promotion*
Last but maybe not the most surprising is Twitter. The easiest way to find coupons on twitter is by sites set up to only show coupons from twitter, of course. The best sites I found are CheapTweet.com and CouponTweet.com.
Once you get the coupons then the next step is to organize and learn how to use them. Join me next week as I go over these steps in the next episode of this chapter on couponing. Stay tuned….Dun Dun Duuuun…
P.S. Some of the links in this post I earn a little bit of money from, in order to pay my bills. But I promise to never to intentionally lead you to a bad company and to never let the money affect my opinion.
Have you taken on the quest of couponing? Have you had any bumps in the road when you first began?
Check out Part 2 of the series