This Article is About
red plum
visual learner
couponing
haircut
important things
binder
paying attention
ups
groceries
How To Coupon-tips For Beginners
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Over the last few years, the economy and job market have made it difficult for most of us to get by. Because of this, many of us had to get creative with our budget. Personally, my family’s budget is so tight, I feel guilty when I have to spend $20 on a haircut. But a few months ago, my “ah-ha moment” came. Trying to figure out where the money had gone that week, I totaled up how much we spent for groceries and realized the grand total came to $175. For 2 people. Enough was enough. It was time to learn how to coupon.

 

Now, I had done the couponing thing in the past. I spent time clipping and organizing them and once in a while I even used a few of them. But then life got busier and eventually one day I told myself it wasn’t worth it and just stopped. But after my “ah-ha” moment, I started paying attention to things my frugal friends were “liking” on facebook. Things like “Tide” detergent. And Red Plum deals. And Coupon Divas. I wondered, “Could these sites really help?” I “liked” them too. I went to their websites. I tried their tips, printed their coupons. The answer? Yes, they really can.

 

Where do I start?

 

One of my favorite “normal couponing” websites is Coupon Divas. Every week I go to their “Weekly Match Ups” section, which is a listing by store of what deals can be matched with which coupons or simply what really hot sales there are that week. There are even videos (and if you are a visual learner like me this really helps) detailing how to get your coupon binder started, where to find the best coupons, how to coupon stack, using their online tools (like printing a shopping list with your coupon match ups), and more. They will talk you through the beginning stages of how to coupon. Their facebook page is another great resource. One of the most important things Kitty, the face of Coupons Divas, will tell you in the “Make a Coupon Binder” video is START SLOW. Don’t make yourself crazy. Clip 1 or 2 sets of coupon inserts, get those in your binder, make your list and get shopping. You don’t want to spend so much time clipping and organizing multiple sets of coupons that by the time you get them in your binder it’s time to take them out.

 

Know Your Coupon Policies

 

One of the most important things to get a handle on when you are learning how to coupon is each store’s coupon policy. I know what you’re thinking-“How am I supposed to memorize each store’s coupon policy??” Well my couponing friend, you don’t have to! Sites like Coupon Divas have links to many different stores’ coupon policies on their site. Click it, print it out, read it once, and throw it in your binder (see “How to Make a Coupon Binder” above if you haven’t already). This way you can refer to it when you are in the middle of a shopping trip and are wondering, “Do I need to buy 5 boxes of brownies because this coupon says buy 2 get one free and the sale is buy 1 get one free??” If you have your handy dandy coupon policy, you will refer to it and might realize “No, in fact I only need to put 3 of those brownie boxes in my cart to get this incredible deal!” It might not make sense now, but trust me, you will thank me later.

 

 

Ready, Set…

 

The main thing to remember when you’re starting out is HAVE FUN! Don’t get yourself stressed. You don’t have to learn everything there is to know in 5 minutes. Take your time, hunt around, and before you know it you will be saving! Weekly match ups are really the easiest way to begin seeing incredible savings within the first few weeks. And you’ll be shopping at stores you are already familiar with. And once you do start saving, it will become addicting and will encourage you to learn more and save more. And pretty soon you will be a pro and teaching others how to coupon. So get out there and save, save save!!


Street Talk

Hi, if you want to check out one of my friends who's big with doing coupons, her name is Ashley Goad. You can probably find her just by searching on Street Articles. I'm not very knowledgeable in this field so thanks for sharing.

Reply
  about 6 years ago

Thanks so much Seth! Your article on how to increase clickthroughs was really helpful! Working on my next article now and am looking forward to implementing your suggestions. PS-Steve "IveTriedThat" was asking about you in chat the other day. He was wondering if you were still with W.A.

Reply
  about 6 years ago
You May Also Like
How To Be An Extreme Couponer
In order to become an extreme couponer you will need a good amount of coupons. I will discuss some of the best ways to get coupons as well as stacking coupons. Coupon cycles are about every 6 weeks. When you find a coupon to match a particular sale it is…
By: Heather McGlaughlin in  Shopping and Product Reviews   Dec 03, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Ways to Organize Coupons
It is so important to have a good coupon organization method to follow. If you are just beginning to coupon, fight the urge to jump in without doing some prep work. Taking a few hours to get organized at the start is going to save you a LOT of time…
By: Ashley Goad in  Shopping and Product Reviews   Aug 02, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Is my child a visual learner?
To a certain extent, all people are visual learners. However, some people take it to the extreme, where that is almost the only way they can learn. It is the second group of people that this article addresses. These people are "classified" as visual learners and represents about 30 percent…
By: Tami in  Home and Family  >  Early Childhood Education   Jan 30, 2013  
4
  Likes: 4

Visual Learner Or ADD
I have written much on the fact that my son is a visual learner and have provided strategies for teaching the visual learner. However, sometimes, there may be something more at work. What is the reason behind the difficulty in learning in the "normal" way (I hate to say it…
By: Tami in  Home and Family  >  Early Childhood Education   May 01, 2013  
1
  Likes: 3

Would You Prefer to Go to School Online Or On Campus?
Will you be starting college in the summer or fall? Many people decide to go to college in order to increase their chances of being hired for a job. Many also want to have experience that college can offer them, such as the opportunity to learn more about themselves before…
By: Hollie E. Townsend in  Reference and Education  >  College University   Jan 31, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

Breaking the Language Barrier?
Our excuses or barriers to even starting to learn a language. Anyone who has tried and failed to learn a langauge will have at least at some time had some of these thoughts: It is too difficult and I just can't do it. I don't have the patience. It will…
By: Keith Rickman in  Self Improvement  >  Achievement   Apr 28, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Squidoo: Wysiwyg And So Much More
There I was sitting in front of my laptop, trying desperately to learn more than basic html. A book on the subject beside me, a bunch of html code in front of me on a web builder on my pc, a very earnest albeit confused look on my face, and…
By: AnnMarie in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Internet Marketing   Jul 14, 2012  
22
  Likes: 5

Best Revision Techniques
Every student has their own preferred revision technique and there is no right or wrong way of revising. It’s important that you find what works for you. If you’re predominantly a visual learner it may be that mind mapping would suit you as a revision technique but if you’re predominantly…
By: BIS_Coach in  Reference and Education  >  College University   Aug 25, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Improve Your Study Skills With Repetition
Study skills are vital to one’s academic success. It doesn’t matter if you are a genius, an under-achiever, or somewhere in between, you need these skills to thrive. While there are many “tips to study” and “how to study guides” available online, this article will cover one technique that I…
By: Brendan in  Reference and Education  >  College University   Apr 28, 2011  
1
  Likes: 1

Don’t Be Afraid Of Failure
There’s absolutely nothing to fear but fear itself when it comes to running your own business, both online and offline. Most people are very afraid of failure and that is completely human but it is also important to understand that failure is the best teacher. You can hit the ground…
By: Viora Mayobo in  Business   Aug 16, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Learn to Use Your Ipad
The iPad has revolutionized the personal computing market! Everywhere you go you see more and more people using an iPad or some type of tablet. There are so many benefits of technology like this but along with those benefits comes some disadvantages. The biggest disadvantage is the learning curve on…
By: Brandon Wenzel in  Computers and Technology  >  Personal Tech   Feb 06, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

How to Keep Your Dream Alive
Have you noticed in life how there are some people who always know what they want to do. They have a dream and they go after it. For some this happens at a very early age. We’ve all listened to interview with various actors and singers talking about how they’d…
By: BIS_Coach in  Self Improvement  >  Motivation   May 18, 2011  
5
  Likes: 3

Visual Learner Activities
So, you've figured out that you have a visual child. Great, now what?? Here are some tips and tricks to help you prepare some activities for your visual learner. Remember, that visual learners need to watch things being done, they learn through their eyes and manipulation with their hands. It…
By: Tami in  Home and Family  >  Early Childhood Education   Jan 31, 2013  
2
  Likes: 4

Understanding Learning Styles
Everyone has strategies to help them learn. These are often referred to as learning styles and have to do with how a person processes and learns information. While most people have one dominant way they learn, learning strategies can be used together or separately depending on what the material is…
By: sarah 1 in  Reference and Education  >  Teaching   Jul 17, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

The Solar System For Children
Tips to teaching the solar system for children. Few topics are more exciting for children than learning about the solar system. Likewise. few are more frustrating to teach. Hopefully I can ease your frustration and give you a few tips on teaching the solar system for children. Teaching the solar…
By: J. Beam in  Reference and Education  >  Astronomy   Jul 27, 2011  
1
  Likes: 3

Article Views: 1533    Report this Article