Sunday, 3 April 2011 19:59
With TLC’s Extreme Couponing show debuting soon and countless couponing sites popping up left and right, it’s apparent that this is becoming a trend. So, is couponing for you, and how do you get started?
Do you have the time?
Couponing takes a lot of time: researching, sorting, cutting, organizing, and shopping. You’ll need to be checking newspapers, following blogs, and checking emails and websites for coupons and specials on a regular basis. To get the best deals, you’ll need to shop at several stores, not just one.
Is there someone else?
It’s best if you have a friend or several friends to split the work load and share coupons with. You can rely on them to provide you with coupons their not using and vice versa. This also helps pass the time of sifting through and cutting coupons. Start a coupon night and make it a fun time with friends.
Where do you start?
Start by subscribing to your local newspaper. Sunday’s are usually the best day for coupons and sale notices, so you can subscribe for just that day. Share the cost with your couponing friend(s). Check out websites dedicated to coupons as well as manufacturers sites for one-time offers. Follow blogs that are dedicated to couponing; they’ll do the majority of the coupon research for you.
How do you keep it straight?
Organization is key when couponing. You’ll want to make sure you have a system for organizing the coupons, whether by item or expiration date. You will also want to have a dedicated time set aside for coupon clipping as well as shopping.
If you decide couponing is something you can and would like to do, it can be extremely rewarding monetarily as well as mentally.