|Written by Bill Hanks|
My daughter in law loves to collect coupons. ¬†She loves coupons so much that she even gives them away. ¬†She always feels great about helping someone say a few bucks on a popular item. ¬†Recently, I sat down with her to get her inside take on finding and stockpiling coupons. ¬†This article will provide you with some fresh ideas in the world of coupons.
1. ¬†Buying Strategy; ¬†Before even considering which coupons to use, you need a buying strategy. ¬†You do not want to spend a lot of money on a¬†stockpile of items if you won't use them that much. ¬†However, if you can set a target number on your items, you could be ahead of the game. ¬†An example would be purchase 4 packs of hot dogs and get the fifth one free with a coupon. ¬†You can always freeze those hot dogs. ¬†You need to budget and think wisely about what you really need. ¬†Set an item agenda for yourself and stick to it.
2. ¬†Check the expiration date; ¬†Many items go on sale that have short term expiration dates on them. ¬†Some items will last longer and others need to be used right away. ¬†Bread products tend to dry out quickly. ¬†Many individuals will toss bread in the freezer for another day. ¬†Hey! Dry bread is always dry bread. ¬†Meat is another issue. ¬†Check it carefully. ¬†If it is turning brown, cook it up first and then consider freezing it.
3. ¬†Finding Those Coupons; ¬†Besides newspapers, they can be located in magazines. ¬†If you are sitting in the doctors office waiting your turn, check those updated magazines. ¬†Do not be afraid to tear them out. ¬†That is what they are there for. ¬†Ask friends and relatives to check their papers for you. ¬†Check out the store flyer's at the market. ¬†they are located right inside the door as you enter.
4, ¬†Always check the products that you buy. ¬†Many times coupons on are inside or on the label of the product. ¬†Ask the merchant if special coupons will be upcoming. ¬†Many will know ahead of time.
5. ¬†Try new things. ¬†You can often find coupons on new products that hit the market for the first time. ¬†Keep an eye out for these things.
6. ¬†Trade with friends; ¬†My daughter in law meets with several friends once every two weeks. ¬†They trade off with each other. ¬†This is a great idea, because having 3 or more looking for coupons is highly successful. ¬†I have even seen her sell a $2 off coupon for a quarter. ¬†She is considering starting a coupon club with up to twelve individuals. ¬†Party and deal coupons. ¬†What a good way to spend an evening.
7. ¬†Another good idea she has is for each person to bring an several stockpiled items for the local food pantry. ¬†After all, how many boxes of macaroni do you really need?
8. ¬†Buying coupons on line; ¬†Be careful here. ¬†There are some scam artists out there. ¬†One of the experts in this field is a web site called The Krazy Coupon Lady. I suggest checking out her site first. ¬†It is one of the best that I have come across.
9. ¬†Stockpile Organization; ¬†The thing about most coupons is that they will expire. ¬†She uses a a box with folders in it. ¬†The first folder is strictly for coupons that will expire during the present month. ¬†The back folder is basically a multi pocket picture album. ¬†She labels each page and places the coupons in the picture holder. ¬†She can easily take it out and view what she needs. ¬†Once a week, she gets rid of the expired coupons.
10. ¬†Don't Get Lost in the Fifties; ¬†Couponing is fun to do. ¬†However, don't lose it, if you forget to take advantage of a coupon before you need the item or the coupon expires.
Now, if I could only find a coupon for gasoline.