You buy home items from your local store all the time without ever questioning price. What if you could buy the things you need for 50-90% less than what you currently pay?Well I am here to tell you that you can. The key to making this a reality? Couponing. The Saving Basics will teach the who, what,where,how and why's of coupons. By learning the rules for couponing, you will have the tools to get your favorite brands at a discount. Sometimes pennies on the dollar. An investment now will potentially save you thousands later. What are you waiting for? Let's start saving money today.
All coupons fall under two categories: Manufacturer coupons and Store coupons. Knowing the difference will inform you on when you can properly use and combine them.
There are many types of coupons found in multiple sources. First we will begin with coupons in non traditional locations. This includes blinkies, peelies and embedded coupons. Let’s learn about the non-traditional first.
Insert coupons and Internet printables are the most common types of coupons. It is these coupons that will bring you at least 50% of your savings.
Store coupons are their namesake--- coupons that are periodically released by a specific store to be used in that store. Because they are restricted to the store, you have to be more strategic with their use.Understand exactly why.
The power of the internet makes couponing easier than ever. There are many couponing forums and communities dedicated to finding all the deals so you won’t have to. The best coupon forum is weusecoupons.com. Founded by Nathan Engels, it is now run by Kim Brown, an avid couponer. This site is THE site for couponing deals and scenarios. Let’s navigate it together.
As you may have guessed, there are a few pieces that go into the couponing puzzles. Recounting the different coupon sources and types can be tedious. But just like texting codes, couponing has its own version of LOL. Once you know these abbreviations, navigating couponing forums and deals become easier.
You understand the lingo and short hand. Now is the time to put it to good use by reading the coupons themselves.
Traditional newspapers are the most common and consistent source of coupons. Know where to find them and how to get them.
The internet once again offers another set of options for accruing coupon inserts. You can choose one of many coupon clipping services. These sites sell individual coupons as well as inserts. This is a great option for smaller households, short term couponers and people who use less than 30% of insert coupons form week to week. It can also be a cheaper option with coupons ranging from $.03 to $.40 on average. Let’s look at my two top picks.
You have all the info. You understand coupons & you’re ready to start. Now comes the fun part- picking a store.
You can’t use coupons successfully in any store without understanding their rules of coupon use. Let’s learn what to look for.
The best coupon scenarios are the ones that are planned and calculated. It may seem daunting, but you already have the tools to succeed. Let’s finally put it all together.
You did it—Your first transaction. Did it go as planned? Why or why not?
I have been an avid couponer for over 5 years. I have taught many online and one on one classes about couponing, saving my students thousands of dollars. I expanded my knowledge from traditional couponing to coupling in every facet of life. I have sold hundreds of couponing ebooks on my findings and intend to change them into video based courses to reflect the changing preferences in technology.
Saving over $75,000 since 2010, Thrifty & Thriving (T&T) is the brain child of Chary Williams. What started as a need to pinch pennies wherever she could, T&T turned into a lifestyle. T&T has found savings everywhere from food,clothing and household items to vacations and travel. Saving so much money has inspired T&T's passion of spreading tips and savings found along the way. It is T&T's wish that everyone would find and enjoy those savings as often as possible.