There was a time when a mom or dad would go into the store, use a coupon, and feel a tinge of shame. Were they sending the message that they were so poor that they needed that thirty-five cents off a box of Cheerios? But any feelings of coupon shame are certainly a thing of the past. Now couponing is not only growing in popularity, but it has become something of a hobby, a sport with absolutely no stigma.
Family budgets everywhere are feeling the financial pinch, and there is nothing wrong with being frugal. In fact, it is a point of pride for many. Some go overboard and enter into the realm of “extreme couponing” where they have spare rooms dedicated to their coupon cost-saving bounty. But you needn’t go there. Any family in any financial demographic can benefit by participating in the rising coupon culture. Here are 7 ways to get in on the action for saving for your family.
Scour your Sunday paper
The Sunday papers –nationwide– are one of the most popular places to get those savings. And not just your paper, your friends’ and neighbors’ too. If you are bold enough, ask them for their coupon sections, if you know they aren’t going to use it. You can also get the whole family involved and have your pre-school age kids cut out the coupons for you and work on those all important scissor skills in the process. The older kids, get them involved with the math aspect and have them figure out how much you can, and will, save.
Pair manufacturer coupons with store sales
One way to get the most bang for your buck? Pair a coupon you got from the paper or online with a store’s sale. You can get double the savings. This is a couponing must.
To get those in store deals, many stores ask you to join their “club”. Do it. It’s free, easy, and will really save you money.
Sometimes your local Piggly Wiggly doesn’t have all the deals you can take advantage of. You may find yourself going to several stores to get in on all the best each store offers. And search out stores that do coupon doubling.
Successful couponers all have one thing in common: they are organized. Make sure to divide up your coupons and store offers in a way that makes sense, by category —- or if you know your store that well -— by aisle.
There are several places to go online to get deals. You can go to Coupon.com, CouponCabin.com, Coupon Mom, Shop at Home, RetailMeNot.com. Those coupons can be offer some sweet savings to your paper coupons and store savings.
If you decide to flirt with the realm of extreme couponing, then you can join one of the popular coupon slipping services. These companies do the scouring and clipping for you and you buy the coupons directly from them. While coupons are something that is generally free, you can still save money by buying them, and buying them in bulk. There is a informative round-up of many of the coupon clipping services right here. But these services are really for those dedicated to the couponing lifestyle.
Other online deals on everything else
It’s not just food, detergent or shampoo you can get a discount on, there are a plethora of deals for housecleaning, clothing and shoes for the whole family and almost everything else. Some popular favorites? Groupon for local deals, Gilt.com, RueLaLa, SeenOn for designer goods, and Mini Social for goodies for the kids.
Do you coupon? Do you have any tips to share?
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