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Most Common Mistakes Made by New Couponers

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With the possibility of huge savings to spur you on, it’s easy to get caught up in couponing. When you’re just starting out, however, it’s equally easy to commit errors that cost you money or cause you some embarrassment in the checkout line.

These are the mistakes most commonly made by new couponers, and how you can avoid them.

Not Doing the Math

A lot of new couponers don’t do their math before heading to the store, and end up having to pay hundreds of dollars more than they expected.

Always take the time to do the math so you know how much your total will be before and after the savings from coupons.

Failing to Read the Fine Print

Coupons come with a lot of fine print, and you ignore this at your peril. Make sure to read it carefully so that you know the exact specifications of the item a coupon is for.

That way, you won’t end up with the wrong product in your shopping cart. You should also pay attention to a coupon’s expiration date.

Buying Things Just Because They’re On Sale

Many new couponers fall into the trap of buying things they don’t like simply because they’re on sale. No matter how big the discount is, doing this will waste your money.

Don’t pick up items your family won’t use unless you intend to give them away as donations or gifts.

Refusing to Buy Products Without Coupons

Another extreme is refusing to buy the products you need unless you have coupons for them.

Don’t put your family through a shortage of shampoo, cereal, or other necessities just because you’re waiting for a good deal. It’s alright to buy something at regular price if you need it immediately.

Chasing Down Every Deal Available

Couponing is hard work, and you’ll burn yourself out if you chase down every deal available in your area.

Learn to pick and choose the sales that will be most useful to you, and don’t get frustrated if you miss one. After all, sales always come around again.

Using Coupons Immediately

Another strategic error common among new couponers is using a coupon immediately after finding it.

Unless you need the product right away, you’ll save more if you wait for sales or mix and match coupons to get the best deals.

Clearing Shelves

There’s nothing more frustrating than preparing your coupons, driving to the store, and finding out that somebody else has cleared the shelves of the products you wanted. Don’t be the person who does that! Leaving some items behind for other customers is basic couponing etiquette.

Losing Patience with the Cashier

Couponing can be tough work for cashiers as well, and you won’t be doing anyone any favors if you lose patience with the person who’s ringing up your shopping.

Don’t hold up lines by arguing with them about the store’s coupon policies. If you think the cashier has made a mistake, ask to be moved to customer service with the bare minimum of fuss.

Top Five Extreme Couponing Tips

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Stacking up on coupons is one of the ways to save when you are buying or shopping for groceries.

While coupons entail a lot of cutting (which means it’s a lot or work!), you can save a great deal if you have enough coupons to take with you as you shop.

Imagine saving up to 50 percent of your allotted budget for an item.

For newbies, here are top five extreme tips on using shopping coupons to get your started:

1. Spend your weekends cutting out coupons

This activity is not for the lazy. If you’re bent on saving a lot during your next trip to the supermarket, make time for cutting out coupons. One newspaper is not enough to search for coupons. Ask your colleagues, family, and friends for other issues of dailies and magazines and start your hunt for these coupons. You would find a lot in Sunday newspapers and you could even get unused copies. More copies would mean you could get more coupons. There are also online resources and raffle draws for promo codes.

2. Identify what kind of couponer you are: casual, skilled, or extreme.

If you’re an extreme couponer, you are ready to get hold of coupons and not just pair them with discounted items, but also to stockpile them. The extreme couponer keeps two kinds of coupons: the manufacturer’s coupons and the store coupons. If you want to save a lot on your next purchase, get as many coupons as you can and bring them with you during your next visit to the supermarket.

3. Use a spreadsheet for your coupons

This really does sound extreme, but nothing beats organizational skills in identifying the purpose of the coupon, when it’s going to be used, any terms and/or conditions, in which supermarket or product it is applicable, and other details relevant to the use of the coupon. This is a great practice for beginners, especially of you want to be careful with the spending of your coupons. It will also help you recall when the coupons would be expiring. Using a spreadsheet will help you save time.

4. Plan your purpose when shopping

To ensure that you won’t overspend your coupons on items that you don’t really need, have a clear purpose of what you want to buy. Stay away from marketing ploys and stick to your budget list. Get inside the supermarket, get the deals using your coupons, and get out of the establishment — FAST.

5. Identify your price points

These price points are the maximum price, which means it is the highest price that an item costs; the average price, which is normal price point for an item; the stock-up price, which is also known as the rock-bottom price; and the deal price, which means that the item is on sale. If you know your price points, you can easily organize your coupons and you would know which coupon to use for a certain price point. It’s called strategic shopping and being a wise consumer!