23 Sep

New to couponing? Here are a few things to know before you start clippin’…

* Some money-saving sites feature coupon databases that allow you to search for all available coupons for a specific item with just a few clicks! This is a super quick way to check for coupons you need before you shop. See the list of my favorite money-saving sites to find those that offer this feature.

* There will be no coupons in the paper if Sunday falls just before a holiday. The Sundays before Memorial Day, Labor Day – nada.

* Some stores will allow you to use a coupon on each item in a BOGO sale. If this rule applies to your favorite store, you may want to consider buying 2 newspapers each week. This is how I get the most bang for my buck each week when I shop.

* Some stores offer their own high-value coupons on a regular basis. If you don’t see them displayed when you walk in, request them at Customer Service.

* Check savings sites before you shop. New coupon match-ups are posted all the time. Don’t miss out.

* If you have a coupon for a free item, put that item last on the conveyor belt so that it’s scanned last. This saves the Cashier from having to search through all of the items in your transaction to find the free item & reduce the price. People behind you in line will thank you.

* Manufacturers will occasionally offer printable coupons but quite often have a printable limit. This means that they will only allow a certain number of prints. If you see a coupon that you know you will use, print it now or it may be gone!

* Coupons in the Sunday paper can vary by region. To remedy this situation, see tip below.

* Consider starting a coupon train or trading club with friends. This allows you to get rid of coupons that you won’t use in exchange for some that you will.

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