New to Couponing?

Here are some tips if you are new to couponing.

  • You CAN get stuff for free, but you WILL pay sales tax.
  • DO NOT PHOTOCOPY COUPONS!!!!! This is illegal!
  • Coupons are not cash. But you can treat them as if they are ;)
  • Break away from product loyalty! You will miss out on great deals if you do not try something new.
  • This takes time! You will not 70% your first shopping trip. But you CAN save that much once you get the hang of it!
  • If you are going to use Facebook or Twitter, log on more than once a week! Try logging on once a day to see what the latest deals are.
  • Sale ads are released about 4 days before the sale starts.
  • Check you store's coupon policy.
  • Check the ads and compare prices.
  • Make a list!!!!
  • Match ads to your coupons. Use online matchups to make it easier. I like Living Rich with Coupons and The Krazy Coupon Lady.
  • Use store coupons WITH manufacturer coupons!
  • Factor in Register Rewards (RR from Walgreens), +UP Rewards (from Rite Aid) or Extra Care Bucks (ECB from CVS). Once you figure those in with your coupons and sale price, you will see what you are paying.
  • You cannot have more coupons than items. If you have 5 bags of candy, you can't have 6 coupons. Use a "filler item". This is a small item (under 99 cents) that can help you have the same amount of coupons as items.
  • Use coupons in the clearance section! Walgreens, Rite Aid and Target all have markdowns on various items. You can use coupons on those items to maximize your savings!
  • Roll your transactions! Especially at drugstores! This means, breaking up your purchase into several smaller purchases. Get rewards (from Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, etc.) from one purchase, and use them on the next purchase.