We have met several of you who are still unsure about couponing itself. Some have said that even though they are using coupons, and looking for sales, they are still not saving enough money. It's definitely possible to coupon, not go over your budget, and still get the deals your looking for. Here are some simple steps to follow to make sure you save your money!
#1- Set your budget. Be sensible about this budget, factoring in the amount of people you are supplying, and remembering that you will not get EVERYTHING with a coupon.
#2- DO NOT BUY ANYTHING that is not on your list!! Impulse shopping is how you blow your budget!
#3- When you find an item that is at a rock bottom price, and you can store it, STOCKPILE. Having a stockpile is not hoarding, it's supplying for your family on a budget.
#4- Once you have spent your budget, DO NOT SHOP ANYMORE, unless it is unavoidable. If you don't get an item, it's not the end of the world.
#5- If you have the option to stack coupons, make sure you take it! Many retailers are offering their own coupons, so if you can save even a penny make sure you do so!
#6- Do not throw out left over's. Freeze them so that you will have another meal out of it when you can't cook. Limit your eating out to little or nothing, as that is a BIG time money burner.
#7- Make sure that you get a shopper card if one is offered for your store, as these card's will usually give you access to more savings than without. Some stores even have online coupons that go straight on the card.
#8- If your store doubles coupons, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS!! Some stores only do this so many times a month.....if that's the case, make those your shopping days. Make sure to check your coupons to see if they are eligible for doubling!
#9- Know your coupon policy! There are A LOT of cashiers, managers and so on who don't know the policy. It's even better if you bring it with you, so if you have a problem your ready for it!
Always pay attention to the screen while things are scanning, computers AND people make mistakes!!