How to start couponing –
Preparing your Shopping List and Coupons (Week 4)
Do you want to learn how to start couponing? This week we are talking about how to Prepare your Shopping List and Coupons to get ready to go to the store and get the best deals!
Preparing your shopping list and getting your coupons ready is in my opinion one of the more fun parts of couponing! Second only to checking and seeing all of your hard work become a reality. This week we are going to talk about how to get your shopping list and coupons ready to go to the store. It doesn’t take long, but even is you spent 45 minutes getting ready, and you possibly save 75% on your bill – is that worth it to you??? It is to me!
GETTING YOUR LIST READY:
This part takes the most time, but we work really hard to try and find you the best deals, so be sure to check them out. Another great way to make sure you are getting the best deals is to use a Price Point Sheet – that will let you compare prices for what you think are a good deal and what you are paying. (print out ours for FREE). Make your grocery shopping list and look for items that are sale.
While you are writing your list out, be sure to check the coupon database for any coupons you could use. If you find them, print them out or clip them and put them in your couponizer, wallet or envelope and have them ready. I like to type out my shopping list, that way I can copy/paste deals I find online too. View all of the HOT DEALS we find here.
After you have printed out your shopping list, go through and match your coupons to your list and make sure you have everything you need. Then you will want to write down the number of the item you are going to get (like 4 shampoos) so you aren’t searching through your coupons trying to figure out how many.
At checkout, make sure you watch as the items ring up, and that they are the price you think they should be. Then you will want to watch and make sure that every coupon comes off, and for the amount that it should be. (like I had a cashier ring up free product coupon, and only take $4 off instead of $12, this HUGE!).
After all is said and done, check your receipt to make sure that all the coupons came off and that your out of pocket is correct BEFORE you leave the store.
Using coupons is simple. You find the item that is on sale, you find a coupon to use with that item, and use it at checkout. Don’t get caught up with running to Walmart and using all your coupons because you really won’t save a lot money unless it is a really great coupon. (see examples of great Walmart deals here).
Be sure to read out Extreme Couponing Tips to learn how to be a really great couponer (without going overboard)
How to Start Couponing Series:
- (Week 1) – Gathering and Organizing Coupons
- (Week 2) – Figuring out how many coupons you need and the three types of shoppers
- (Week 3) – Figuring out how much you need to stockpile & why
- (Week 4) – Preparing your Shopping List and Coupons
- (Week 5) – Shopping the Sales