Getting To Be Coupon Royalty!
Before you get to earn the title of Coupon King or Queen, there are certain things that you have to do to get there. Most of them are to do with your organizational skills; you can’t do an effective money-saving shop if you don’t know the basics of what you’re doing. If you aren’t up to date on the terms and conditions, haven’t got the timings right, are in the wrong store or even worse have forgotten your coupons … it’s a no-no. The title is not yours and you are not deserving.
So here are some ways to stay ahead of the game and get your head fitted for the crown.
Invest in a Diary
Diaries are good to organise your day to day life anyway, but in the world of coupons, it can be even better to note down when offers start and expire. By organising yourself effectively, you will be able to keep on top of everything that you have – if the diary has a notes section at the back, this is great to do a quick stock take of what you have and what you need/can look for coupons for. Handy tips like in this extreme couponing book is what you need to get you started on your way to organisational success. Invest in a few folders to keep your coupons filed and in order – try to go by store, expiration date and the type of product that they are. Once you’ve worked out a system, you’ll be flying through the tills.
Exchange Offers with Friends
If something isn’t available in a store near you, or the store just doesn’t exist anywhere around you anyway without having to take a trip that will negate the savings on the shop that you do there, consider trading with friends. There will always be something that somebody has which won’t be of any benefit to them – but will to you. If you don’t have friends who like to coupon save or use vouchers with their shops, join a swap group online. If you search on your Facebook for local couponing groups, there are usually quite a few that come up. You can get handy hints and hacks on these sites that will save you a fortune in the long run.
Check Terms and Conditions – Thoroughly!
The laziest thing you can do as a couponer – especially when you’re all ready and laden at the till with your products – is forget to check the terms and conditions. These should be of the utmost importance to you. Without knowing exactly what you need to do to get the offer, you could be costing yourself more than you had bargained for. Even slight slips on expiration date can get you. If you are well-versed in what the specific terms and conditions are, then if any mishaps occur, you can at least challenge them at the till and get what the actual offer is rather than having to take a substitute or pay out more for the product.