Beginner’s Coupon Guide
With the busy lifestyles of a stay at home mom/dad or just a full time working parent, we all know how hard it is to stretch your hard working dollar bills. The one way to stretch your money further is couponing, now for anyone that isn’t aware of how to use coupons I’m going to go over the basics and some of the best resources for beginners!
1. Coupon Binder – Start by organizing! If you don’t want to go to the extreme and go straight to the huge coupon binder you can always start off with one of the small accordion style envelopes. I’ve found my coupon binder to be so helpful and less stressful when we’re doing a larger haul and I already have everything categorized into the right sections. There are a ton of free resources to get started like free printables and how to videos. Check out Passion For Savings how to video and free printable coupon binder pages here.
2. Learn your stores coupon policies – Nothing is worse than going to check out and not being prepared. There are some stores that double coupons, offer catalinas, or even allow you to stack coupons.
3. Gather your resources – So the biggest question I get from friends is WHERE do you get your coupons? Aside from the newspapers there are a ton of available coupons online. My favorite place for online coupons is rDollar Generall, our family shops there daily because they carry all of our household necessities but because the prices are already low, when I coupon there we always save the most money! Right now they are offering some digital coupons that include HUGGIES®, PULL-UPS®, U by Kotex®, POISE®, and DEPEND®! But what I love most about Dollar General’s digital coupons is that I don’t have to clip them! All you need is your phone number to access your coupons. Signing up for Dollar General’s digital coupons is easy:
There are also a ton of online coupon databases like ChaChing On A Shoe Strings here.
4. Sale Cycles – Know what to buy and when, products go on sale at certain times in the year. Knowing and following the cycles is the smartest way to shop! Fabulessly Frugal offers an awesome printable sales cycle sheet that you can print off for your binder here.
5. Just because your using a coupon doesn’t mean you’re always getting the best deal. Pay attention to the sizes of your product your purchasing, I always look for the longer lasting bonus packages that are usually spotted on end caps. Dollar General offers a ton of those!