Being a single mother is not easy. Trust me, I know. Supporting your kids can be quite a challenge when you’re doing it on your own. I learned how to use coupons and have saved so much money. When you follow these 10 steps, you can get everything so much cheaper and sometimes even free.
Step One: Collect as many newspapers as you can. Newspapers contain weekly flyers and manufacturers coupons. Each weekly flyer for each store will contain store coupons and sale alerts. The more newspapers you can collect the more copies of each coupon you will have. The more coupons you have for each product the more times you can save on that product.
Step Two: Search online coupon databases for even more manufacturer and store coupons. Almost all coupon sites are free to join. Simply search the databases, install the coupon printer and print. Most sites allow you to print four of each coupon. The online databases will also offer coupons that are not in the papers.
Step Three: Use coupons on absolutely every thing that you buy. Sometimes that may mean switching brands. That’s okay. The more you save the more you can get. The more you can get for your home, pets, and children the better off you will be. If there’s a product then there’s a coupon out there for that type of product. Find it, and use it.
Step Four: People often think that buying generic is the way to go to save the most money. That’s not always true. Sometimes you can save more on a name brand product using a coupon than you could if you bought the generic brand.
Step Five: A secret to saving even more is to learn how to combine the store coupons with the manufacturer coupons. When you have both a store and a manufacturer coupon for a specific product you can use them BOTH. Say you have a store coupon for .55 off of laundry soap and a manufacturer coupon for $1.00 off of the same brand and size. Use them both to save $1.55.
Step Six: Search the store flyers for sales. Combine the coupons with the sales to get things at a drastically reduced price. Sometimes combining coupons with sales can get you products for pennies on the dollar, or even free. When you align the sales and coupons it gives you the opportunity to stock up. If an item or product you normally use isn’t on sale this week it pays to wait until next week. Many extreme “couponers” absolutely refuse to buy anything that is not on sale, even when they have coupons.
Step Seven: Keep your coupons well organized in a coupon binder. Coupon binders have clear pages with six to nine slots per page. Keeping your coupons organized makes using them so much easier. You’ll know what you have, and when they expire. As you collect more and more coupons an organizer becomes essential.
Step Eight: Pan your shopping trips. After searching for your coupons and finding the sales it’s a good idea to make a list. This makes it less confusing when you go shopping. After you make your shopping list use a page of your coupon binder to organize the coupons you will be using for that shopping trip.
Step Nine: Shop at a variety of different stores in your area. Each store will have different coupons and different sales going on each week.
Step Ten: Get to know each stores coupon policy. Some store do not double coupons. Some do double and even triple them. Many stores offer rewards and have “bonus” or “savings” cards. Use them! Take advantage of any chance you possibly can to save.