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I’m not sure how, but it seems that so many people forget what amazing saving are available by using coupons. Whether I am shopping for gifts, groceries, technology, or clothes, I make sure that I am taking advantage of all the free money! Below, I’ve put together a quick beginner’s guide to finding coupons so that you can start saving money now!
Know the obvious places to find coupons. It’s little-known just how many different places there are to find coupons. There are lots of coupons up for grabs, if you know where to look. Circulars, magazines, and newspapers are a great place to start. These are generally where you’ll find savings on your groceries, which is great because food is expensive and you generally only get to use it once before it’s gone. Grocery coupons can also be found in-store in circulars and are available throughout the store.
Know where coupons are hiding. Some other places you might not think to find coupons include online, in your junk-mail, and from the manufacturer.
There are countless websites that collect all of the various coupons available so that you can find them in one convenient place. I recently found some great deals on gifts for friends a NerdWallet’s coupon directory. Coupon directories are goldmines for savings. All you have to do is take out your trusty internet pick-axe and dig a little to save on all of your favorite brands.
You might want to check your junk-email, too. I know that I am constantly bombarded with websites asking me for my email address so that they can send me coupons. Often times, I forget all of these places and never even realize that they are sending me valuable savings because the coupons end up with the rest of the junk in my email. About a month ago, I found a Bebe coupon for a fairly generous percent off hiding between a few other emails in my junk fold. Lucky for me, I found it just and time to use it and now I am one designer top better than I was before the coupon appeared.
The last and most obvious unobvious place to find coupons is directly from the manufacturer. If we think about this, it makes a lot of sense. Who wants to sell the products we buy most? The companies that produce the items want to sell the products most! So it makes sense that they would try to drive sales by offering great deals. Make a quick list of all of the brands you love and use regularly, and then visit each brand’s website and look for a coupons link. Chances are there will be lots of savings right there in the open, if you know to look for them.
Two final notes: First, and this goes especially for grocery coupons: many stores will run promotions that offer what are called “double coupons.” Essentially, this means by using a certain coupon in a specific store, you can save twice as much on the brands and products you love. Second, beware of what coupons you choose. One of the pitfalls of couponing is that there are lots of coupons for items that we don’t need, but we get so caught up in savings that we end up buying stuff we normally wouldn’t because the deal is good. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing every time—it’s just something to be aware of. Happy couponing and happier saving!
So, there you have it couponers-in-training—everything you need to know to find the best deals online and beyond. Use these tips, and you’ll definitely find your wallet a little heavier in the future, which is never a bad thing!