Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Coupons

Are you looking to save a little here and there on your groceries and other household items?

Coupons are a great way to save a little here and there, but they’re worthless if you can’t find the right one when you need it. You can use Lowes Promotional Code for online shopping as well. it is really an easy and effective way to use and redeem coupons.

Worse yet, get ready to hand over your coupon to the cashier only to discover it’s expired.

So how do you keep track of those miniscule slips of paper that are worth a few cents, but together can really add up?

This can be done in four simple steps:

  1. Your coupon container is very important. Try keeping your coupons in a box (sized to hold index cards) with an attached, hinged lid. I’ve found the hinged box is easier to use and less cumbersome than having to fumble with a detachable lid.
  2. You must separate your coupons! Buy a set of index card dividers. When organizing my box, I wrote out a list of products that I usually buy and would save coupons for.

For example: Pet supplies, feminine products, meat, cereals, snacks, drinks, toothpaste/dental, toilet paper, paper towels, batteries, air fresheners, fast food, miscellaneous, cleaning supplies, and so on.

  1. Get the coupons! This is very important: Gather your coupons, cut them out and organize them!

Most Sunday newspapers (in some areas, Saturday newspapers) have coupons as part of the advertising inserts. Many grocery stores also have in-store coupons available. Check with your grocery store for the days they offer double and triple coupons, then plan your shopping trips for those days. Most chain grocery stores have internet sites where printable coupons are available.

An internet search will also turn up plenty of coupon sites. Looking for a coupon for your favorite product? Search for the company’s website. Manufacturers often will offer printable coupons for various products.

  1. Check your dates regularly. I try to sort through coupons on Sunday afternoons after clipping coupons from the newspaper. I toss any expired coupons and any that will be expiring in the next week I put in the very front of my box – under a divider marked “expires this week.”

Turn this into a regular habit and you’ll never miss out on the savings from an expired coupon.

I’ve never been a “super couponer” buying hundreds of dollars worth of groceries for only 20 dollars, BUT I have gotten great bargains (bottles of name-brand hairspray marked on clearance, bought with a coupon – cost only 12 cents per bottle!) and saved a few bucks – anywhere from two to ten dollars at a time.

Using coupons wisely won’t make you rich, but it doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming.

With some effort and organization, you can keep a little extra in your budget with coupons.

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