Do you live in Florida and want to start Couponing? You may have noticed some of the couponing “rules” are a little different in Florida. That doesn’t mean you can’t save money, it just means you need to be a little more savvy about it.
Here are a few tips to get you started. The best thing you can do is take a class to help you out.
1) Get Multiple newspaper subscriptions. I recommend ordering in sets of 2. That way if there is a BOGO offer (buy 1 get 1 free) you will have 2 coupons to use. One on the item you purchase and 1 on the free item. Yes you can use a coupon on the FREE item, in fact you can use 4 on BOGO purchases. 1 MFR coupon & 1 Store coupon on the item you pay for, and 1 MFR coupon & 1 Store coupon on the free item. And find other ways of Obtaining coupons.
2) Learn your store coupon policies. Do they allow stacking, double coupons or overages?
- Stacking – Using 1 manufacturer coupon and 1 store coupon on each item. (Yes it’s legal!)
- Double – Will your store double the value of your coupon? Most stores in Florida DO NOT. But it never hurts to ask. Harris Teeter and Fred’s does, as well as some of the smaller chains.
- Overage – If your coupon is $2 and the item is only $1.50, will your store take the entire value of the coupon off your total? Essentially giving you .50¢ off another item in your cart.
- Internet Printable Coupons (IPQ’s) – Does your store allow printable coupon. Most of them do, unless they’ve had some issues recently with fraudulent coupons.
3) Create a price shopping cheat sheet. Sit down and list the top 10-20 items your family uses on a regular basis. Then write down the sizes and prices of those items in all the stores you shop at. This way you will know when an item is advertised for a good “stockpiling price”. Buy when it’s on a store sale, when you have coupons & when you can get a RR (Walgreens Register Rewards) or ECB’s (CVS’s Extra Care Bucks) back.
4) Stockpile – I’m not talking about buying 30-40 shampoos in one trip. You should be buying enough to last your family till the next good deal comes around. Rotate your stockpile so you use the oldest purchase first.
5) Get organized. Find a method that works for you. Whether it’s filing all of your Sunday coupon inserts in the office, clipping every coupon and keeping them in a 3-ring binder or ordering the coupons you need.
6) Track your Savings – You can use my FREE savings worksheet to track how you are doing. And remember, a dollar a week adds up to $52 a year! Something is better than nothing. You may not save 98% like they do on THAT SHOW, but you also don’t need 80 bottles of tums! Or at least I hope you don’t.
7) Get a Spare email address. You’ll want a free email account separate from your personal or business one so you can sign up for all of the coupon offers and customer loyalty reward programs.
8) Use a Coupon Database to help you search for coupons for items you need that are not on sale. This will help you save money on those last minute items you need.
Understand that couponing takes time to learn. You will spend more time in the beginning learning, but the more you do it, the faster you’ll get. There is NO need to spend 70 hours a week to save money.
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