Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day 3 - Learn how to coupon

Find me on Facebook - Couponrori or Living Paycheck 2 Paycheck - I have lots of deals, freebies and coupons on there also.
So today, we are going over how to use coupons. To save the most money, you need to look for sales and promos to match your coupons up with. For a example...Let's say Crest Toothpaste is 2.50 a tube, on sale for .99, and you have a coupon for 1.00 off crest. That means its free! You will start to learn that there are things you will never pay for again. - Toothpaste being one of them! Make a price chart. When you see a good deal and use a coupon, how much you paid for it. So you know the next time if it is good or not.
You can also Stack coupons. This means you can combine a manufacturer coupon with a store coupon. Target, Albertsons, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Safeway and Fred Meyers to name a few have coupons to do this with. Remember you can stack a manuf. coupon with a store coupon but you can NEVER have 2 manuf. coupons on one item. Always remember that - I went to the store so many times when I first started and have 2-3 coupons thinking I could save so much money and then they would say no, we can't take this and I would not save very much.
Make sure when before you head out to the stores you get organized ahead of time. Before you leave your house, make your list up. Look through the adds, figure everything out. It makes it less stressful at the stores if you are not fumbling around trying to figure out how much of what and how big and so on.
Be sure when you are headed up to the checkout you are nice to your checker! There are a few ways to make it easier on yourself and others. 1. Have your coupons ready when you get in line. (If you have more then one for each item, make sure they are in stacks accordingly.) 2. Ask the checker if they would like them before, after or with each item. You will also want to ALWAYS have a copy of the store coupon policy with you. You will get to the point where you probably have it memorized but remember that saying, "You learn something new everyday." Well more chances then not, you will be the one teaching some checkers something new. Sometimes, I don't know if they don't read the coupon policy, or they just don't know but some checkers will argue with you so you have to have the policy there with you so you can show them. Bring along an extra copy, if you have to show them something then give them a copy to have too =). Last, I know this sounds really funny. But once you start going to stores, you will learn who to go to and who not to go, and chances are they will know you, your name and so on in no time. Until then, I have had the best luck with the younger guy checkers (and have heard this from many other people too.) For some reason they just don't mind your coupons and don't give you a hard time about anything.
With all that being said, I hope this is starting to make more and more sense to you. Do you have your binders done? Here is some store coupon policy's to print out and stick in there.
Also don't forget to print out your coupon lingo to have in your binder - this was in day two.
Hope that these tips are helping you. Again, please let me know if you have any questions. And if you have a facebook, pop on over and find me. There are lots of good deals on my pages.
Enjoy your evening!

1 comment:

  1. Check out my comments too on this post...as I am a cashier at Fred Meyers - here in Washington! :)

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