Couponing on its own can seem a bit daunting with all of the extreme couponing stories and shows out there, but couponing itself is easy. It's getting the most out of your couponing efforts that takes a bit of thought and work. There are a few things that you can do to prepare for your shopping trips that will save you money to the point you may even get some items free. The first thing you want to remember is to be organized in your efforts. Keeping a binder with coupons in it is a great way to keep your coupons organized for your next shopping trip. Also, don’t just go to the store armed with a bunch of random coupons. Plan your trip in detail to make sure you know coup[on limits and which products you'll be getting at each store, this makes it easier on you and the checker whose line you go through.
Start by looking through the local sale flyers from stores in your area, this will give you information about what is on sale in each store. The idea is to combine your coupons with sale items to maximize your savings. As you flip through the flyers, compare them to your coupons for those items and pick out the ones that are on sale. Put them in an envelope and circle them on your flyer or prepare a list for that store. Always take your flyer with you to the store in case there is some confusion about the sale items.
Using multiple coupons with groups of the same item will often give you a greater amount of savings and will help you create a stockpile of these items in your home. Make sure you fully understand each store's policy on using coupons and limits for purchase. Some stores will put a cap on the number of sale items you can have in each transaction. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t make use of all of your coupons, you just might have to split your order up into separate purchases.
Combining your coupons with store customer loyalty or discount cards is another way to maximize your savings. These are often free to sign up for and occasionally offer you an additional discount on items that you may be able to combine with your coupons. Using these savings tools together is a great way to take items you regularly find at a great low price and bringing them down to free or next to nothing. For example, if you have a coupon for 50 cents off from an item that costs $1.00 and the item is offered as a clearance item for 50 cents you can sometimes get that item for free.
The best part of saving with coupons is the value you can bring home to your family. In fact, if you find yourself with a product surplus from maximizing your coupon savings then you can donate the extra you know you won't use to friends or family you know will be able to make use of your extra goods. For example, if you are able to get diapers and baby food for free or nearly free using your coupons but you don’t have a baby yourself, you can donate these items to groups that provide them to needy families. If you take the time to get the most from your couponing efforts, it can be way to save huge amounts of money which makes the time spent organizing well worth it in the end.