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Couponing 101: Top Ten Review

April 16th, 2014 9:08 am by Amanda Arnold-Drinnon

Couponing 101: Top Ten Review

1. Stockpile

Sales usually run in six to eight week cycles. Create a "sale cycle" stock pile. Buy items when they are at their lowest price (usually when there is a sale and you have coupons to stack) and buy enough to last until the next sale cycle. Use blog sites to help you match coupons and sale cycles:

http://www.thekrazycouponlady.com

http://www.southernsavers.com

http://www.couponingtodisney.com

2.Let Your Newspaper Pay for Itself

Most couponers buy at least two Sunday newspapers when the coupons are good. Some couponers buy one Sunday paper for each person in their house. The following link provides a schedule for the coupon inserts:

http://www.sundaycouponpreview.com/2014-sunday-coupon-insert-schedule/

Remember: Different papers carry different coupon inserts.

3.Printables

The most popular sites for printable coupons are:

https://www.coupons.com

http://www.redplum.com

http://www.smartsource.com

Most sites will let you print two copies of each coupon.

Also, sign up for E-mail lists for your favorite products. Set up a separate E-mail account for couponing so that your regular E-mail does not get bombarded.

The following stores have "store" coupons that you can print and use with a manufacturer coupon:

Target

Dollar General

Family Dollar

Walgreens

CVS

4.Loyalty Programs

Sign up for loyalty programs. Many stores offer rewards and discounts simply for belonging to their loyalty program. The following stores in our area have loyalty programs:

Food City

Food Lion

Ingles

Kroger

CVS

Walgreens

Home Depot

Lowes

Big Lots

Office Depot

Dick's Sporting Goods

Sears

Kmart

PetsMart

5.Load Coupons onto Your Loyalty Cards and Go Paperless

Many stores' web sites have ECoupons that can be loaded directly onto your loyalty card. A great example can be found at:

http://www.kroger.com

Watch out for their freebie Friday offers!

6.Take Advantage of Prescription Transfer Incentives

These incentives typically come in the form of twenty-five dollar gift cards.

7.Use Your Mobile Phone

Another great way to go paperless is to use mobile coupons. Most stores will send discounts and coupons directly to your phone. Simply go to the store web site to sign up.

8.Stay Organized.

The mobile apps and ECoupons are pretty easy to organize, but paper coupons can get a little out of control. Many people use a binder divided into sections and labeled by what is on each grocery aisle.

9.Rebates

Rebates are an excellent way to stack savings. Remember, most rebate totals are calculated BEFORE coupons, which makes them an excellent stacking tool.

10.Don't Try to Do It All

Start small and learn one store at a time. If you try to do it all, you will probably burn out quickly. Find what works best for you and your schedule.

Please send all questions, comments, article ideas, and/or tips to aarnold@timesnews.net. I look forward to hearing from you!

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