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5 Handy Couponing Tips

By Alexa Connelly
February 02, 2012

During this hard economic times, we’re looking to save money any chance we get. Free samples are great, but there not always available so to save money on food and home supplies why not pick up couponing. Lately this is a big deal among moms and others; they even have a show about it! Here are a few tips to becoming the couponing queen:

  1. Know what is on sale at what store. Let’s say you have a coupon for $1 off a can of Campbell’s Soup and at Wal-Mart this week Campbell’s soups are on sale for $.99. This means you are getting paid to buy the soup!
  2. Shop at stores that double coupons. This will help you double your savings and get more of an item.
  3. Learn to spot when generic is better. Let’s use this scenario, you have a coupon for $.50 off General Mills Lucky Charms and the regular price is $3, but the store brands lucky charms are $2.25, this would be a case where you do not want to use your coupon, instead, just go with the least expensive choice.
  4. Save and trade. Since couponing is becoming a new hobby to many families, you should keep all coupons, even if it’s ones that you won’t use, and trade them with friends and family and vice versa.
  5. VERY IMPORTANT! Stay organized! Come up with a binder, wallet, or box that has different sections such as dairy, cereal, etc. so that the coupons are easily accessible, and throw out the expired coupons.

Couponing can be a bit grueling at first, but once you get in the swing of things you will start getting $50 and more groceries for FREE! After all, someone has to be the couponing queens and kings. While you’re clipping through those coupons remember:

  • Send in any pet related coupons to PetCouponCentral www.petcouponscentral.com and these coupons will go to people that need them.
  • Send any expired coupons to Military Coupons 1445 Falcon Valley Hts #208; Colorado Springs, CO 8092, and all these will go to deployed service families for them to use up to 6 months after the expiration date.

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