So you are thinking about trying your hand at using coupons and you want to start by using them at your favorite grocery store. You pour yourself a cup of hot cocoa, grab the latest grocery store ad and sit down to look through and dissect the in store specials. You soon realize that your a little bit overwhelmed and confused. Where can you find the coupons that match up to the items you want to buy? How do you even know if you are getting a good deal on an item? A lot of questions swirl around in your head. The easiest thing to do is give up because it is just too confusing and too time consuming to master…..
Wait, not so fast! It really isn’t that complicated and it is not that time consuming either. Here is a step by step guide on how to start implementing coupons on shopping trips.
First, search for your favorite store’s website on the internet. On their site look for their coupon policy. Usually the link is at the bottom of their page. You can also go into the brick and mortar and any store personnel should be able to direct you to a print out of the policy.
The store’s coupon policy will give you an idea of how can use coupons in it. Familiarize yourself with what the coupon policy states. Every chain of stores have different policies and some stores within the same chain can be different depending on if they are franchised or corporate owned. If you have questions, call their 800 number or ask while in the store.
Next you will want to search for blogs that create match ups for the particular store you are wanting to shop at. There are coupon match ups for literally every store that accepts coupons. A coupon match up is basically a list of every sale item in the ad paired with current coupons that correspond with the item.
The coupons listed with a item may be a link that will take you to a website where you can print the coupon. You can typically print each coupon twice from the same computer. If you have 2 computers then that would equate to 4 coupons. Multiple printers are not necessary. If it is not a link, it may be a notation such as SS or RP, indicating that the coupon was cut from a smart source or red plum coupon insert found in your Saturday or Sunday newspaper. It will also tell you the date from which the coupon was circulated.
Bloggers maintain their coupon match up lists on a weekly basis, generated typically one or two days before the new sale starts. Don’t be afraid to shop around for a blog that fits your needs and keeps your interest. For every store that accepts coupons, there are dozens if not hundreds of blogs dedicated to generating coupon match ups.
Even though it may take you an extra 10-15 minutes to look through, print and gather your coupons for a trip to the grocery store, drug store or mass retailer, your pocket book will be thanking you in the long term.
Here are a few links to some coupon match ups for this week just to give you an idea of what they look like: