Couponing 101

Wondering where to find the best coupons and how to use them? Here are some tips!

  • Buy the Sunday newspaper and collect the Red Plum and Smart Source inserts. Write the date on the cover of each insert so that you can easily find the insert you need for matchups on websites like 
    • (Matchups means that manufacturer's coupons can be used in conjunction with that week's store coupons or sales)
  • Look at store coupons to create your own matchups. 
    • Walgreens has flyers plus coupon books and you can sign up for weekly sale previews, Cub Foods will mail you store coupons if you submit your mailing address online, and Target has coupons that you can print from their website.
  • Sign up for samples & freebies. Companies almost always send coupons along with samples.
  • Subscribe to couponing magazine All You - the saving from coupons makes up for the price of a subscription! Plus it has great articles!
  • Keep an eye out for coupons in other magazines. 
    • I just found a high-value coupon for my favorite pasta, Ronzoni Smart Taste, in Better Homes & Gardens August issue! It was for $1 off one box, and since a box is usually $1.35, that is an awesome deal!
    • I get all of my magazine subscriptions free from special offers like or random offers, so finding a coupon is essentially like making money.
  • Buy One, Get One Free coupons are golden. Save them, because when a store has a B1G1 sale for that product, you can use the coupon too and get both items for FREE!
  • DON'T just use a manufacturer's coupon alone on an item you don't really need. That's what companies are hoping you'll do. Wait for a sale to match it up with.
  • Write a list before your shopping trip listing exactly what items you will buy with the coupons you have, so that you don't have to stand in the aisle looking through your coupon stack.
  • Start stockpiling items when you find a good sale. Then you don't have to buy that item next time you go shopping.
If you know of any other couponing tips, let us know!


Tammy said…
Great info! Thanks for joining us this week for TFAG! I love that you joined us. I am now your newest follower. Have a great day! :)

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