One of the easiest ways to save money is through couponing and online coupons are now a huge trick of the trade. What many don’t realize is that saving money with coupons, whether traditional or online, is not quite as easy as some people make it look. Couponing, like any other money saving strategy, requires some research, planning and dedication. However, it doesn’t require much of an investment other than time. Because of the low cost and high potential savings, lots of people have jumped on the coupon bandwagon.
Where to Find Them
Because the majority of businesses today have an online presence, many companies and stores offer coupons that you can access directly online. Some even make it possible to have online coupons sent directly to your cell phone via text message. This allows you to simply show your phone at the register and the cashier can either punch in the code or scan the bar code from your phone to let you take advantage of instant savings.
You can also find a wide variety of online coupons by visiting various websites that specialize in connecting consumers with the wide array of coupons available online today. There are several large players in this game, so finding the site that works best for you shouldn’t be too difficult.
Finally, one of the newest methods of couponing is through a card that you can download coupons to. Of course, using this method will require you to make a list of what coupons are on the card, along with values of each so that you know what you should be purchasing and how much you can save.
Things to Remember
Every store has a coupon policy. Many stores allow you to stack coupons, which means using a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon. I’ve had several people ask me if they could use an online coupon and a store coupon together. Generally, the answer is yes; however, this varies by store. I’ve also had people ask me if they could use an online manufacturer’s coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon obtained from their newspaper inserts. The answer is no. In my personal experience, I have never come across a store that will allow this.
Unfortunately, store coupon policies are not always clear. Because of this, it is important for couponers to perform their due diligence before they plan their shopping trip. This means clarifying any questionable areas in the policy with the store manager. Once you are familiar with your store’s policies, you can plan a (hopefully) flawless trip and really maximize your savings.