oupons are the best way to save money. They can help you save big on everything from groceries to gas, and even help you get free items!

We've put together a list of our favorite ways that coupons can help you save big.

1. Make one master list of everything you regularly buy.

The first step to using coupons is to list everything you regularly buy. Keep this list in one place and make sure it's organized. This way, when a new coupon arrives in the mail or online, it will be easy for you to add it to your master list. The more organized your list is, the better prepared you'll be for saving big at the register.

Keep this master list updated by adding any new items that become a staple in your home or regular routine (and therefore qualify as "regularly bought"). If some brands change their packaging but not their product—for example, if they switch from plastic containers to paperboard boxes—add those changes as well.

2. You can almost always find more coupons online than in the newspaper or at your local store.

Checking a store's website for deals and discounts is the first step in couponing. You may have to sign up for their email rewards system (which is free, but an influx of emails may be annoying) if you want the best coupons and discounts not available to the average user.

For example, if you're looking for coupons to save money at Target, sign up for Target's reward system: Target Circle. You simply have to sign up with your email (for free), and then you get access to hundreds of deals that otherwise would be unavailable. You'll also get 1% back on every purchase. This is an easy place to start if you want to save some cash while shopping online or buying online and then picking up your order in-store.

Some other stores with loyalty programs where you can get exclusive coupons and offers are:

  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Kohls
  • Home Depot
  • JCPenny
  • Ulta
  • Walmart
  • Old Navy
  • Macy's
  • Nordstrom

These are some of the best customer loyalty programs around!

3. Loyalty pays when it comes to shopping at drug stores.

People who shop at drugstores a lot can get great deals on everything from aspirin to toilet paper—if they belong to a drugstore loyalty program. These programs are designed for regular customers, so if you're not one already (or if you've never even heard of them), it's worth taking a few minutes to sign up.

Some of the top drug stores to sign up for loyalty program are Walgreens and CVS.

4. For items you use frequently, shop at grocery stores that double coupons.

Not all grocery stores double coupons. Check the store policy before shopping there to make sure they will be able to help you save money on your purchases.

Some grocery stores double coupons only during certain times of the year, such as during a holiday promotion or when they have a new product line being introduced into their store. Make sure you’re checking back often so that you don’t miss out!

Most grocery stores will only double one $1 coupon per item purchased and not more than four like-coupons on any single transaction (including other promotional offers). For example: if a transaction includes five paper products with $1 off coupons attached and those are all eligible for doubling, then only one of those would be doubled by the store because the maximum number allowed is four items per transaction (five total paper products plus one additional promotional offer).

5. You can save a lot of money with coupons, but you have to plan your trip carefully.

The biggest problem people run into when using coupons is that they don’t plan their trip carefully. They go to a grocery store without a list, and they just “see what they see” as they wander around the store. That strategy will not work for saving money with coupons, because you need to know what items are on sale at which stores, what coupons match each sale item and how many of those coupons you have available for that particular item.

When shopping with coupons it is important to have a plan; otherwise you will end up buying more than you need or spend more time than necessary in the store. It is also important that your plans include an organized list so that you don't forget anything important like toothpaste!

So, you can see that coupons are a great way to save money on things you already buy.

They are also a great way for companies to get new customers because they're willing to give away products for free just as long as someone will use them! In the end though, it's up to you if this method is right for your budget or not because there really isn't anything wrong with using coupons at all times if they work well within your lifestyle.

For more budgeting tips and tricks, check out our class: Financial Fitness: Budgeting Basics.

Aug 4, 2022

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