If you find a crisp $100 bill lying on the ground, you would not just walk by it without picking it up, would you? Dumb question, right?

Finding money

Now, if you could just find that $100 bill every week. It’s “free money?” That’s what happens with using coupons, you can save money in almost every category you can imagine

Finding great discounts, or searching out coupon deals have become a real money saving activity.  It’s fun and rewarding finding money saving offers on the internet, and finding just what you want, and exactly when you want it— and there’s no need going through the hassle of finding a newspaper.

Consider this — if you usually purchase one gallon of milk per week and you have access to  a “$1 off” coupon for each gallon you purchase, you have saved $52 at the end of that year, and that’s only for just that one item. Simple!

But today, coupons are not only for saving on groceries. You can find endless money saving coupons on just about everything from pet food to soup, home goods, medications, cleaning products, personal care items, baby products and office supplies.

So, let’s review the basics.  At a minimum you’ll need to invest about 30 minutes per week, and then you’re well on your way to saving literally thousands of dollars each year. Consider it as giving yourself a raise.

HERE’S HOW TO GET STARTED;

How to get organized

STARTING AT THE BEGINNING IS ALWAYS BEST:

  • You should have a totally separate email account only for coupons and manufacturer discounts. This is a good way to keep your coupon savings separate from your work or personal email.
  • Visit your favorite stores websites and subscribe to their newsletters. Or subscribe to the KrazyCouponDeals.com.
  • Save all the discount store ads that come into your email each week.
  • Once you’re organized, take some time each week to plan necessity purchases around your collection of store sales and coupons. It would be best to do this on the exact day those store ads or coupons come in the mail.
  • Print out your coupons or save them to a file on your computer. And regularly check your coupon savings email account for any new deals for that week. Also, check out your local print papers and local magazines for any additional discount coupons.
  • The best thing is to look for coupons you can use on already discounted sale items, that way you will be optimizing your discounts and savings. Try to find as many of these double discount deals into your weekly schedule.
  • Look for additional discounts when shopping. Many times there are discounts found directly on the product packaging, or discount coupons that you find offered at the store counter register.
  • If you find an item on sale, but unfortunately, it’s out of stock, that store will generally honor a rain check so you can buy it at a later date. Some retail stores will also honor rain checks for coupons. If a coupon is close to expired, but the coupon item is not in stock, ask the store manager if you can get the coupon stamped or signed, so it can be used at a later date.

TAKE IT TO A HIGHER LEVEL:

Take it to a higher level
  • Register with as many manufacturer and coupon websites as you can. Present those coupons at checkout, and if you have a discount card for that store, the savings will automatically be applied to that card..
  • Organize all of your coupons into a notebook or binder that has plastic dividers with place holders, so you can easily check for expiration dates.
  • Get to know “sales cycles”. Many stores rotate main products such as cereal and bread at their lowest prices in order to just bring people into the store. Be aware of store cycles and you will begin to see regular patterns—generally sales cycles last about 12 weeks.
  • If any coupons you present either won’t scan or perhaps a cashier won’t accept it, don’t hesitate to ask to speak to a manager. It’s a good practice to be aware of  a store’s coupon policy, and even have a copy with you when you shop.
  • If there’s a particular product you really love, let the store manager know. Send that store an email explaining why you love that product and ask them if they have any coupons you could get. It certainly can’t hurt to ask.

PUT YOUR SAVINGS ON STEROIDS:

Coupons online
  • Print out two exact coupons for the same exact product. Notice that they both say, “only one coupon per purchase.” Usually that indicates that you can’t use both coupons at once on that same product, but if you decided that you wanted to buy two of that same product, you might be able to use a single coupon for each product for the same single transaction.
  • When you execute an online purchase, always make sure you have the correct coupon code ready. A bonus is that you will often find that most store are offering free shipping these days. Also, you can stack coupon codes at various online stores, but it generally must to be for different deals. For instance, in addition to a 20% off code, you can also apply a free shipping code, but you won’t be able to apply another 15% off code in addition to the 20% off.
  • Doubling Coupons, is when a specific store doubles and sometimes even triples the value of a specific single coupon. Usually this applies to special store promotions. Manufacturers will reimburse a store for the coupons face value, but that store will  pay out of pocket for any additional double or triple coupon savings offered. Other than that, coupons are usually used only once, because that store is likely losing money if they allow scanning a single coupon more than that.

SEE IT WORK IN REAL LIFE:

See it work

Always consider the payoff: The bottom of your receipt will show the amount you saved. Keep all of your receipts, and tally up how much money you save. Don’t forget, coupons are lthe same as free money—so why would you pass that up?