Thursday, March 20, 2008

Using Coupons - Hardcore Crash Course - Part 1

Hold on to your hat. This is the real deal. In this series I am going to show you how I saved loads of money by using coupons. If you are truly ready to save money and be a convert continue reading.

We all know that coupons can save you money. If you apply a couple of different strategies and methods you can get out of a store by spending mere pennies. We all know people who do this but most cannot really figure out how it is done.

I'm going to tell you how it is done step by step.

Start by getting organized:

#1. Getting a big binder. 2" or 3" binder is perfect for this.

#2. Get a pack of baseball card holders. These are clear plastic sleeve like things that fits right into your binder.

#3. mini calculator.

#4. tabs to label your individual plastic holders.

#5. get some coupons.

The secret to serious couponing is organization. A lot of people shy away from using coupons because they fear it is time consuming. If your coupons are organized this will not take much more of your time. I have seen online and people in the store with those plastic shoe boxes with their coupons organized in envelopes. This is not the most efficient way to coupon. The method I will teach you is very efficient and if you need to find a coupon while in the store it takes no time at all. With the shoebox method you will have to sort through 30 coupons in your "deodorant" envelop. Sorry I don't have time for that and you probably don't either!

Organize your coupons into your binder by slipping them into the plastic sleeves that you would normally put baseball cards in. Make sure that you can see the picture of the product. It does not matter if you cannot see the amount of the coupon. You want to be able to see the product at all times. If the coupon is too big bend it so that it fits with the picture showing. In some categories you will have several pages/sleeves since there might be many coupons in this category. Make sure to have a page/sleeve in the front for competitor's coupons, rain checks, gift cards, store discount cards, whatever, that will be easily available when you need them.

Okay go!

Once you have done this come back and join us as we learn how to use coupons effectively in Part II of this series.

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