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How to Start Couponing:
A Guide to Saving Money

Chapter 1 – Where to Get Coupons
Chapter 2 – How to Get the Most Out of Coupons
Chapter 3 – Organize Your Coupons
Chapter 4 – Rewards Programs
Chapter 5 – Overview

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Chapter 1 – Where to Get Coupons

The most obvious place to get coupons is your Sunday paper. (Hint: Some
stores discount their Sunday papers on Monday morning. See if there are
any stores in your area that do this!) Expert couponers recommend stocking
up and getting 2 or 3 papers each week so you can stock pile on items that
are on sale. I don't have enough space to stock pile, so I just buy one paper
each week. Some people don't realize how many coupons are actually in the
Sunday paper! Just this last week, I clipped over $150 in coupons. I won't
use them all, of course, but that is where coupon swaps come in! You can
always start your own coupon swap amongst your circle of friends – diaper
coupons go to the newest mom, and then divide the food coupons up
depending on who likes what.

You can also get coupons online. Beware, some places do not accept printed
coupons. Check your store's policy before wasting your ink!

Get coupons from manufacturers. Email them, or write them a letter,
letting them know you'd like to try their products but would like to know if
they have any coupons available first. At least half the time, you will get
coupons in the mail in response to your letter. About a third of the time,
you will be put on a list and will receive coupons frequently.

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Chapter 2 – How to Get the Most Out of Coupons

Coupon stacking! (Definition: Increase your savings by combining a
manufacturer coupon with a store coupon for the same item; or take it to
the extreme by combining a manufacturer coupon with a store coupon, a
sale, and a rebate!)

See if any of your local stores offer double coupon days. Sometimes, they
will even offer triple coupon days! Also, see if any of your local stores do
price matching. That is where I save the most money. One of the stores in
my area prices matches any other local competitor's prices. So, when I get
the Sunday paper, I get all of the ads out. I will circle things that are on
sale – when I visit my grocery store, I will compare prices. If the ad has a
cheaper price, I will highlight that item on my list so when I check out I
know to show the cashier the lower price. I will also use coupons on these
items. Sometimes you will even be able to send off for a rebate and it will
make the item free, or you will get money back!

Another local store that we have does a coupon every week for $10 off a
$50 purchase. This could save you quite a bit if you combine it with coupons.

Honestly, the possibilities are endless. You just have to get organized,
which brings us to Chapter 3.

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Chapter 3 – Organizing Your Coupons

First, get a 3-ring binder, some of the plastic sleeves that hold baseball
cards, and some dividers. Label each divider – food, cleaning products, etc.
Or you can do meat, dairy, bread, etc. It's completely up to you how you
want to do it. You want everything to be as clean and simple as possible.

Take an hour or two each Sunday (or Monday if you get the paper on sale)
to clip the coupons and put them in your binder. Then look through the ads
for the local stores and circle things that are on sale that you can use
coupons on.

Next, plan your menu for the week (or two weeks, or the month). Use the
sale ads to help come up with meal ideas that will save you money. Include
breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. Write your grocery list according
to your menu plan and what you already have in your pantry. Put a star next
to the items you have a coupon for, so you don't forget to use them when
shopping. :)

Gather all the coupons you will use for your grocery trip, and put them in a
coupon organizer. You can make one, or you can buy one for a dollar at most
stores. Be sure to label the tabs so you can get in and out of the grocery
store as quickly as possible. All of the coupons you know you are using, put in
the very back of the organizer as you are going through the store. By doing
this, it minimizes your check-out time. Just hand the cashier the pile of
coupons and watch your total go down, down, down!

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Chapter 4 – Rewards Programs

I'll admit, at the time of writing this e-book for you, I'm guilty of NOT
utilizing these programs. Don't follow my example. Do as I say, not as I do.
Got it? :)

Check out these rewards programs: Walgreen's, and CVS. There are other
programs that have similar programs. Use google, or call your local stores to
find out if they have anything like a rewards or rebate program.

I don't have any experience with rewards programs, but I know they work –
there are tons of blogs dedicated just to saving money this way. So do your
research, and keep your eye on the prize – a few hours worth of
reading/researching is worth what you will save in the long run!

Chapter 5 – Overview

I hope this e-book will help you get a jump start on saving money with
coupons. It may seem overwhelming at first but just take it step by step
and keep your eye on the prize ($$$). For each dollar you save with
coupons, put a quarter away for yourself – for something special like a spa
day or go big and save for a vacation. This will help keep you motivated! I
saved $30 on my last grocery trip and that was without doubling or stacking
any coupons. Imagine the savings once you get the ball rolling!

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