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Couponing is growing everyday! Everyone wants to save money and one way to do that is by clipping coupons. One thing you have to keep in mind is being realistic with your coupons or more than likely you won’t get the most positive outcome. It’s a lot easier to learn to coupon in person, look for local workshops around your community, not to mention it is more fun to learn with others.

One thing that is important when learning to coupon is to know the cycles of sales. In most areas, a cycle is approximately six weeks long. When you see an item at a rock bottom price, buy enough to last you six weeks so that you don’t have to go back in between and pay the higher price. For an example: this would work for cereal. You could buy a box of cereal for $4.50 a box every six weeks and you’re out $27. OR Buy six boxes of cereal at their rock bottom price and use coupons. Pay only $9 total for six boxes of cereal. You save $18 by purchasing them at the right time and stocking up.

Check your grocery store’s policies so that you will know if they double, accept competitor coupons, have store coupons, and the buy one get one free policy. You can find this information on the store’s website. You also need to know what days of the week stores release their sales ads.

Coupon Stacking means using a manufacturer’s coupon with a store’s coupon. For an example: A box of “A” cereal is on sale for $2.50 use a manufacturer’s $1 off one box of “A” cereal AND a store coupon for $1 off any box of “A” cereal.
          $2.50 original price
          - manufacturer’s Q for $1 off
          - store Q for $1 off
          = 50 cents for one box of cereal

You can also use coupons on buy one get one free items, but make sure you use 2 coupons. Example: “A” cereal is on sale 2 boxes for $5 (B1G1)
          $5.00 (Sale price for 2 boxes of “A” cereal)
          - 2 manufacturer’s Qs for $1 off
          - 2 store Qs for .50 cents off
          = $2.00 for 2 boxes of cereal


With this in mind… look at the sales ads this week and see if you can find a great deal! Next week, I will explain how to organize your coupons.


Q - coupon
B1G1 - buy one get one  



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