Start Saving Money with Coupons Today!

by Erin Edwards | February 17th, 2011 | Shopping Secrets

Here are some tips and resources to get you started building your coupon stockpile.

1. Subscribe to the Sunday paper. There are anywhere between 1-4 inserts each Sunday and after just a few weeks, you’ll have a good start to your coupon stash. The typical inserts include Smart Source (SS), Red Plum (RP), and P&G. Also, make sure to get multiple copies of the Sunday inserts. Some ways to do this include asking friends, family, or neighbors, checking recycling centers, or ordering multiple papers.

2. Use Printable Coupons. There are multiple places to get printable coupons such as coupons.com, redplum.com, coolsavings.com, mysavings.com. Also, many product websites offer coupons, so check out your favorite product websites and sign up for their newsletter to get money saving coupons. Many stores also have printable coupons on their website that can often be combined with a manufacturer coupon.  These stores include Target, CVS, and Walgreens.

3. Sign up for e-coupons. These sites allow you to load coupons onto your shopping card. Some sites for ecoupons include cellfire.com, zavers.com, P&G eSaver and shortcuts.com. Make sure to also pay attention to the catalina coupons that print after you check out at a store. They tend to be products that you have just purchased or similar ones. These can also be combined with manufacturer coupons.

4. Trade coupons with friends, in a coupon train and online.  Start a coupon group with people in your area where you can trade your unwanted coupons for ones you need. You can also join an online coupon-trading forum like hotcouponworld.com or afullcup.com. After you sign up they will send you an envelope of coupons. Take the ones you need and then replenish the envelope with the coupons you don’t need. Then you send the envelope to the next person on the list.  You can also check out EBay for people selling coupons.

5. Once you have a good stockpile of coupons, make sure to organize them. Using a plastic expandable file helps organize them by category and you can take it with you to pull coupons from when you are at the stores. You can also organize them in a 3 ring binder with clear trading card holders. This helps you see all the coupons you have while flipping through the binder. Once you find the best way to organize your coupons, you will never end up missing a good deal!

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