Thursday, March 16, 2017

Beginners Guide to coupons.

New to couponing or know very little about couponing. We've all been there, and I'm still on the path of learning how to coupon believe it or not. People don't stop learning from other's when it comes to couponing. If you're extra brand new here's some tips that will help you for any beginner.

Tip 1: Start Small

People think because they see the woman ahead of them at the store, with 20 bags of cat litter that they need to start by having 20 bags of cat litter in their haul. If you're just beginning, I suggest only suggest having a limited amount of coupons, start slow and start easy.

Tip 2: Use all the money saving apps that you can

The apps I have listed are suggestions, and if you don't think that you can use them, which all them I do use to save money, you don't have to use them, plain and simple. The apps that I use are Ibotta, Mobisave, Checkout 51, Berry Cart Savings Star and Shopkick. they are all fairly apps for your tablet and phone.

Tip 3: Make a list of items and savings before you go to the store

If you have a computer or a cell phone I suggest checking out The Krazy Coupon Lady's webpage. It's where I get an idea about saving money. Even in a small town like the one I'm living in there are store match ups to help me If your Dollar Tree takes coupons, I think they all do but look at the Krazy Coupon Lady's page to get an idea. It will you what's free, and what's cheap and where, and what coupons and apps to use.

For example This week at Dollar Tree according to her sight. There are $1/2 bags, and when you scan your receipt and barcode with checkout 51, you get a $1.20 rebate. Making the bag a 20 cent money maker.

Tip 4: Know your own bottom dollar stock up price

This sounds tricky, but really it's not. If you're at the point that you want to stock up. Many sites give you an idea what a good stock up price for stuff is, but really it's all up to you. If $0.50 is too much for tomato soup, then don't get it plain and simple.

Tip 5: Be a balanced shopper

You're probably asking yourself what it means to be a balanced shopper, aren't you? This is very important it should be put in bold letters and people should know this, but sadly sometimes people don't. Ever see someone use a coupon for something it's not meant for? These folks are not balanced shoppers. Balance shopping means using the coupon on the product or quantity that it specifies,

Tip 6: Join Facebook Groups that coupon

Joining Facebook groups that are specifically for couponing are great. These women (and men) are nice enough to help and teach you how to coupon better and their coupon breakdowns, and what's on sale where.

Tip 7: If couponing is stressful or boring don't do it

My final tip is the most important. If you find coupon stressful, or boring don't do it. It's that simple, saving money doesn't need to be stressful. Your health is more important than getting something for free or cheap.

How to read your coupons

A quick course on how to read a coupon. I made my own coupon, and some stuff was left out on the coupon because I didn't have enough room on the coupon and because this is a silly sample coupon. I will try to cover everything though.

Manufacturer Coupon: There are only two types of coupons. The manufacturer coupon, which is made by whatever company it may be, and a store coupon. A coupon that the store gives out for a certain product. You can use both a manufacturer coupon and a store coupon. But you usually can't use one digital manufacturer coupon along with a paper coupon.

Expiration date: Most almost all coupons expire, there a handful that do not. If a coupon expires, it can be used anymore, and most of the time will not scan at the store. My oranges expire 12/13/2099,

How much money the coupons for If you go to the store and buy a $2.00 bag of oranges. You'll be paying $1.75 for a bag of oranges. Sometimes coupons do offer you to get an item for free or to buy one and get one free. The coupon says how much it's for.

Your limitations: This is usually where you see that you can't buy something under so many ounces, or use a travel or trial size of the item.

The barcode: Reading a coupon's barcode does take some time getting used to. Not all barcodes are the same either. But most have the basics.
  • If there's a solo number before your barcode, which is usually a 5, 9 or 99. If the number before is 5, the coupon doubles on its own if you're a store that takes double coupons. 
  • The first group of numbers on the bar code, are the manufacturer's number. These will match up with the UPC numbers of the product that it's intended for. That's the easy way to know if you're using the right coupon or not.
  • The coupon code: this is both the value code and the value code. This actually tells you a lot  about a coupon if the coupon has all zeros, it can be used for any product that the item is used for like a coupon for Ajax dish soap if they are all zeros then you can get whatever Ajax that you want. But if the code has no zeros it's that product and no variations of the product, like my orange coupon example. There are coupons that have two zeros, indicating that is a little more specific but not entirely. Two zeros usually indicate a free product. 
  • The other teeny number on the end is a check digit number. It's used to insure that the coupon and the numbers on the coupon are used correctly. Which a lot of the time is 5, or 6 if their's 5 or 6 numbers on half of the barcode, like your manufaturers coupon.

Usage Limits; This is to you the customer to know how many coupons can be used per purchase and per transaction. Most coupons are one per purchase (meaning one per item), or it says no more than two like coupons per transaction.

The address: The address isn't really something that customers need to worry about, it's for the stores that you're shopping at. This will tell them where to ship their coupons off to so they can get their money back

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