Hello and welcome to my introduction to couponing, this will be the beginning of a series of post where I will be teaching you everything you need to know to get started couponing so you can start a saving a ton of money on your grocery store trips.
I thought about calling this series couponing for dummies but by you taking the first step to learning the world of coupons you have proven you are no dummy.
In this series, I will show you the basics of how to start couponing step by step, from the very beginning and how you can save big money like the people on the famous tv series Extreme Couponing.
In this first chapter, we’ll take a look at what you can realistically expect from your couponing efforts then take a deeper look at several other topics including:
- Couponing terminology – learn the lingo and your store’s coupon policy
- How to get started couponing – couponing 101
- Getting setup – tools and resources
- Where to get your coupons from – how to get free coupons by mail, online and from many other sources
- How to find the best deals of the week
- Getting stuff for free – secrets to couponing
- How to build and manage your stockpile
- and so many more tips to couponing
This will be a complete series which can take you from new to couponing to power extreme couponer and the best part is I will never charge you a dime for any of this great couponing training.
While others want you to buy expensive ebooks and training courses which always to seem to leave out the important details you need to know to get the most from your couponing efforts, my training is a complete A-Z guide covering everything you need to know.
Now, in an effort to be as transparent as possible, I make no claims to be the best or most knowledgable couponer on the internet, infact I am far from it but I am not a beginner either, my family has been saving thousands of dollars a year by using coupons for several years now and I feel confident that I can teach you how to do the same.
If you find my couponing for dummies course to be not for you, I still want you to learn how to get started couponing so here are a couple great resources which do a great job teaching you how to coupon:
Coupon Mom – one of the most trusted resources in the world of couponing, I love this site!!
Couponing for Dummies from the Krazy Coupon Lady – These ladies are great resources for find deals everywhere, I check their site everyday!
An Introduction To Couponing – What you can expect
People make the decision to coupon for several reasons but for most people couponing is a great way to lower you bill at the grocery which can save you a ton of money.
Did you know that a July 2015 report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture stated that the average family of 4 with 2 school aged children can expect to spend over $1,000 a month just on food and groceries?
That’s crazy!! but if you think about it, it makes sense as it seems that the price of everything is going up latley, especially groceries.
Using coupons is a great way to cut the cost of your grocery bill and put a little of that money back into your pocket but most people do not know how to use coupons for maximum savings so they can pay a fraction of retail for all their groceries.
Sure its nice to go to your grocery and save a few bucks here and there when the coupons you have match up with the items you were already planning on buying but what if you knew how to plan your shopping trip, knew what items were on sale before you got to the store and only buy items you have coupons for.
Of course there are staple items that you will never find coupons for that you have to buy regardless of the price but if you could get all of the other items for cheap or even free, your basket of groceries could cost you pennies on the dollar from what you were paying before.
It should be noted that you will not be a power couponer overnight, in-fact your savings may even be minimal in the beginning but as your couponing skills become more well versed you will see your saving continue to grow.
Extreme couponing is a skill that you will learn overtime but my goal is to cut your learning time in half by showing you step by step what you need to be doing to get started couponing like the rockstar couponers you see on tv and online who have massive stockpiles of groceries they paid pennies for.
Speaking of stockpiles, once you start building your stockpile you will quickly realize that planning meals for the week will become much easier and less stressful than it is now because you will be able to plan your meals based on what you already have from your couponing efforts, and those midnight runs to the store for paper goods like toilet paper will be a thing of the past as your stockpile will most likely have all of these items in large quantities.
How To Get Started Couponing
Couponing has several other benefits besides just saving you money at the grocery store.
As you start to build you stockpile of items you will be better prepared should an emergency hit you as well as friends and family.
For instance, what is the first thing people do when the news shows there is a hurricane, snow storm or other weather related issue headed your way? They head to the grocery store and load up on items like water, paper products, batteries and canned foods.
You will already have all those items in large quantities in your stockpile so you won’t have to fight the crowds and possibly miss out on items you need to prepare your family.
More than likely you will have a friend, neighbor or family member who will not be as prepared as you are who you will be able to help out thanks to your couponing efforts.
There are many other benefits to couponing, what if your household income was cut due to losing a job, illness preventing you from working etc?
A well prepared couponer will have the items needed to get your family through weeks or even months until you can get back on your feet.
You can also help out those who are not as fortunate as you are buy donating a portion of your grocery hauls to charity, churches, shelters or food banks.
Couponing For Dummies
Saving money on groceries, being better prepared for emergencies, helping out others and so many other benefits just from couponing, it’s a wonder more people do not coupon.
I am excited to be bringing you my how to get started couponing training course, thank you for taking the time to check out my introduction to couponing, stay tuned for the next post on couponing terminology.