Friday, June 14, 2013

Laissez-faire couponing {my style}

Many of you know that my husband and I are couponers. Not really couponers like on TV, but we do our best to get a deal. When people hear about our exploits, they automatically recoil and mutter that there is no way that they could coupon. Admittedly, my husband is pretty methodical about couponing. However, you really do not have to put much work in to save money. I am a little more couponing. I actually call my style a little more of a laissez-faire form of couponing.
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Couponing can really be made easy with just a few steps. You honestly do not have to follow all of these tips to save some money. Working with one or two will help! Here are some easy to accomplish tips:
  • Remember to check for coupons before leaving for the store. You do not have to check a million sites or ransack your neighbor's newspaper stash. However, if you know you are going to buy Kashi cereal, do a quick search to see if a coupon is available. Even if you just remember one coupon for an item that you are definitely going to buy, you have saved money. Trust me, those savings add up.
  • Know some of the key coupon sites. With the internet, it may be difficult to discern the source of a coupon in order to check for legitimacy. Work with the main sites and you will still save. Coupons.com, RedPlum and Coupon Network are three of the big ones to use.
  • Pick a couponer or two that have a blog to follow. Couponing can be overwhelming, so I recommend that if you are not trying to delve totally in but just want to save money that you only follow one or two blogs. You can follow blogs through Facebook and/or Twitter, making it easy to keep up as much as you would like. By following only one or two, you may not see every deal that is out there, but you are sure to see some that work for you and save you money. I follow Mashup Mom and Living Rich with Coupons.
  • If there are retail stores that you shop at regularly or only shop at when there is a deal, sign up to receive their email notifications. You will be surprised by how many deals that you will learn about that way. In fact, this is how I learn about American Girl sales. You all know how often there are deals at American Girl! <crickets>
  • Bookmark a couple of sites that specialize in retail discounts such as RetailMeNot. If you are about to go shopping for something at a place like Bath and Body Works or Yankee Candle, check these sites for current promotions. They have webcodes and printable couples. You can actually save quite a bit that way.
  • Do not buy something merely because it is a deal. Buy it because you will use it and it is a deal. With couponing, you can easily fall into a cycle where you buy everything that is a deal. But, if you aren't going to use it, you are wasting money.
These are just a few, easy ways to save money couponing without all of the stress. When I started couponing, I started by using RetailMeNot for online shopping discounts. So, you can start small and still save money! I do have a few sites that I use on the side column of this blog to make it easier for anyone interested in couponing. Just a quick check on this sites once in awhile can save you money!

**Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are 100% my own.

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