Are you brand new to couponing? Here are 3 easy steps to getting started with coupons. So many people want to save money but just don’t know where to start. These three steps will teach you how to start saving money.
First, learn how to recognize sales cycles. If you pay attention, you will start to notice that most products go on sale approximately every 10-12 weeks. By recognizing sale cycles, you can stock up when an item is on sale so you have enough to last until the sale hits again. This will help prevent shopping out of need, meaning waiting until you are out of something to add it to your grocery list. In doing so, you will likely pay a higher price. That is where the importance of understanding sales cycles comes in. Instead of purchasing items when you run out or NEED them, learn to shop by what you use and buy enough to last until it goes on sale again.
Next, learn how to decipher true sale prices in a grocery store circular. Each week there are “loss leaders,” or items that are greatly discounted to get you in the store featured in a grocery store circular (not every item listed in a grocery store circular is a good deal). Keep your eyes peeled for loss leaders as well as BOGO sales. Once you learn how to read a grocery store circular and recognize the items on sale begin to look at the ad differently. Instead of skimming looking for only items you’ve run out of, as mentioned previously look for items your family uses that are on sale. Then, buy about 10-12 weeks worth of that item at the rock bottom price.
Lastly, maximize your savings by using coupons. Simply match your coupons with sales to get the best deals. This process is often called “match ups.”
Remember, whether you save 5% or 50% you are still saving money. No need to be extreme. Start small and slow. Each week as you shop this way, and begin to build a sensible stockpile, you will notice that your grocery bill will go down and your percentages of savings will increase. Of course this is a process that takes some time, but it is well worth it in the end.