Coupons are a great way to save money. But, if you have never clipped one in your life, it may be a tad overwhelming. Learn how to start couponing right here!
Learning how to coupon is simpler than you may realize. You just need to have someone teach you the important things you need to know.
If you’ve come here to learn the extreme couponing you’ve seen on television, you are in the wrong place. That is not what I teach. What I teach you to do is to make coupons work for you to lower your grocery bill by as much as 50% — or more!
The strategies I teach are the same ones I’ve used for years. These are the same techniques I’ve taught to thousands of people just like you. They too have learned how to apply these principles so they can save money at the grocery store.
This page is divided into sections to help you learn how to coupon, both in the store and online. We even share some of the recent coupon deals that we’ve found to help you put your coupons to work!
HOW TO USE COUPONS: QUICK START GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS
New to coupons? If so, you might be feeling overwhelmed. This 6-step quick start guide will get you on the way to using coupons in no time at all!
Step 1: Learn the basics
In the first step to getting started using coupons, you’ll learn the basics of couponing, such as how to redeem coupons at a store, how to read them, how to understand coupon policy, how to power-up your savings by doubling or tripling the value of a manufacturer’s coupon, and many other couponing tricks. Once you understand these beginner’s tips, you’ll be able to find deals and start saving in no time.
Step 2: Learn where to find coupons
You probably already know that the coupon inserts in your Sunday paper are a great resource for grocery coupons. But did you know there are lots of ways to snag money-saving coupons right in the grocery store? Get the inside scoop on “blinkies,” “peelies,” “wine tags” and more when you read my article on 10 places to find coupons — including the best coupon websites.
Step 3: Learn how to understand and read coupons
Just because you have a coupon doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be able to use it at the store you want. As with most things in life, there’s some fine print! In How to Read and Understand Coupons, I break down the parts of a coupon and help you avoid some “gotchas” — things like the expiration date, coupon codes, the quantity required to use a coupon, and where the coupon can be used. I also explain why you should never, ever look at the photos on a manufacturer’s coupon!
Step 4: Know your important coupon facts
If you’re just starting out with couponing, there are some some important facts you need to know before you try to redeem coupons for the first time. If you don’t know these basic rules, you could end up frustrated and confused and want to quit right away. Be sure to stay away from fraudulent coupons, copying coupons, and other no-no practices. Here’s what not to do on your shopping trip.
Step 5: Organize your paper coupons
So, you’re probably starting to realize that couponing takes some organization. That’s why I’ve shared my ideas about how and where you can keep track of all your money-saving deals. A lot of people swear by a coupon binder, but that’s not the only kind of coupon organizer out there. See how to keep tabs on your printable grocery coupons and quickly organize them each week — no more unused, expired coupons in the bottom of your junk drawer!
Step 6: Know your store
Every store has its own coupon policy. Find the national and regional store coupon policies for your favorite store, from Acme to Yoke’s and everyone in between. Plus, learn what to do when a cashier won’t honor your coupon.
Step 7: Learn more money-saving strategies for using coupons
After you’ve been clipping coupons for a while, the next step is to learn tricks and strategies to help you save even more money. Here’s everything you need to know about double coupons, coupon stacking, BOGO offers, and other powerful but easy ways to save.
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COUPON MASTER CLASS: START SAVING MONEY LIKE A PRO
After you are comfortable with the basics of couponing, you can take it up a notch. And whether you are still new to this or are already a ninja, my pro tips on how to save even more will help you maximize your money.
Where to get coupons
I know people who buy the Sunday newspaper just for the coupon inserts (OK, and maybe the comics). Those inserts are definitely an easy way to see which deals are happening at your local grocery store and you can plan your week’s meals around that. But coupons aren’t just in the newspaper anymore. The Internet has expanded our options and made it easy to find digital coupons!
One way to use the web to find deals is to search for printable coupons. Find offers you like, print them out, and bring them to the store with you. However, you should print digital coupons only from the manufacturer’s website or reputable online coupon websites.
You can even move away from searching for paper coupons entirely and just “clip” coupons in dedicated coupon apps or on your grocery store’s website, and the savings will be applied when you check out. The popular Ibotta app takes a different approach and gives you cash back after your purchase if you upload a receipt.
You can also learn more about how to use coupons and find other resources for coupons and rebates to help you save money at the store:
- Where to Find Coupons
- Coupons You Can Redeem On Your Phone
- Emailing Companies for Coupons
- Ultimate Guide to Using Target Cartwheel
HOW TO USE AND READ A COUPON
Coupons and couponers use their own lingo when it comes to talking coupons. You’ll want to educate yourself so you too understand this so you can make your coupons work for you.
- How to Read a Coupon
- Learn How to Find the Date on Your Coupon Insert
- Understanding Coupon Abbreviations (And Those Used by Coupon Websites)
HOW TO REDEEMING COUPONS
Once you understand the general principles of how to use coupons, you are ready to start learning advanced coupon techniques. These are the ways that people get some of the best deals at the store.
- Sales Tax Question: Do You Pay Before or After the Coupon is Applied?
- Can I Use a Value Off Coupon WITH a Buy 1 Get 1 Coupon?
- How Many Coupons Can I Use On Twin Packs?
- Can I Use More Than One Coupon on an Item?
- Coupon Stacking Explained + Where You Can Still Do This
- Why Did My Coupon Not Work?
- The Secret to Never Missing a Deal — Rain Checks
If you want to use coupons, you have to be able to find them when you need them. There are many ways to try to organize your coupons, but these coupon organizing ideas will help!
STORE COUPON POLICIES
One of the most important lessons you need to learn when it comes to how to use coupons is that each store has its own policy. Take time to read through them before you shop. It is also a good idea to keep the link or printed policy handy when redeeming coupons. That way, if there is an issue at checkout, you will have the resource at your fingertips.
- National Store Coupon Policies
- What To Do if the Store Refuses Your Coupons
- What Happens When the Store Doesn’t Follow It’s Own Coupon Policy?
- How To Deal with Anti-Coupon Cashier
You can use coupons in the store, but you can also use them online. Understanding your coupon codes and policies will help you maximize your savings.
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HOW TO SAVE MONEY
Coupons are just one strategy when it comes to saving money. There are different ways you can save on everything you need from apples to zippers.
- 50+ Ways to Save on Groceries without Using Coupons
- The Best Apps to for Saving Money on Groceries
- How Much Should You Budget for Groceries
- Mistakes That Are Killing Your Grocery Budget
- How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half
- Saving Money on Your Favorite Organic Foods
- Ten Money Saving Secrets Stores Don’t Want You to Know
- Ten Simple Ways to Save More at the Grocery Store
- Saving Money on Bread, Meat, Produce & Dairy
- Ten Things You Must Know About Shopping at Aldi
- 50+ Ways to Slash Your Utility Bills
- 10 Smart Budget Tips for Staying Cool in the Summer
- 5 Brilliant Tips for Lowering Your Cable Bill
- Awesome Tricks to Reducing Your Cell Phone Bill
- Starbucks Money Saving Hacks
- The Best Money Saving Tip for Dining Out
- Tipping Properly When Dining Out with Coupons
- Ultimate Kids Eat Free List
MORE WAYS TO SAVE
- 20 Ways to Save Money on Amazon
- Ten Tricks for Saving Money Shopping at Target
- Five Tips to Save Money on Toilet Paper
- Annual Buying Guide: The Time of the Year to Buy Everything
- Five Secret Tricks for Getting the Lowest Prices on Airfare
- Lowering Your Pet Costs
- How You Can Save Money on Fuel
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COUPON DEALS & ONLINE COUPON CODES
There are two ways to use coupons — in the store or online. You can find some of the most recent deals and offers right here on Penny Pinchin’ Mom!
COUPON DEALS IN THE STORE
One of the best ways to save money is to know which store deals are available at your local store. Since this site covers the entire country, we try to keep the deals we share to the stores that can be most commonly be found. To find the current in-store deals, simply click on the icon below for that store.
Coupons are not limited to in-store use. In fact, there are on-line coupons you can use every day. However, finding these codes can be tricky. Fortunately, we’ve got the coupon codes for some of the most common stores right here for you!
To find the most recent on-line coupon codes (and discounts), simply click on the store icon below. We’ll send you to that page to look through the list so you can get the code you need.
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The Penny Pinchin’ Mom coupon database is a free tool to help you find the coupons you need. You’ll find links to print coupons, those in the weekly inserts, magazines and more.
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