You want to get started couponing and saving money at the grocery store, but you just don’t know where to start, right? I’m giving you 4 Steps to Start Couponing and Saving as well as links to some extra posts that you may find helpful.
First, pick ONE store and learn it! It’s easy to get excited and want to jump in and run around to a bunch of stores saving the most money possible. But, that’s just overwhelming and confusing. That’s why I say to pick one store you want to shop at where you think you can save a good deal of money and start there. Over time, you can shop at multiple stores (if you want) and learn more. So, pick one and learn everything there is to know about that store – their coupon policy, their sales cycle, the different ways to save, etc. Check out my Target 101, CVS 101, Walgreens 101, Kroger 101 and Meijer 101 posts.
Next, pay attention to the prices you are currently paying for items you regularly purchase. Some people do this with a notebook, others just do it in their head. Once you start paying attention to the prices, it will help you determine what your “buy” or “stockpile” price is since it may be different than mine (prices vary across the US). A “buy” price is the price a product needs to be before I would buy it. A “stockpile” price is the price a product needs to be for me to buy multiples to add to my stockpile (AT LEAST 50% off). Keep in mind that if you are loyal to one brand, your “buy” price or “stockpile” price may vary greatly. You can read more about my view on brand loyalty and couponing here.
Finally, get shopping! The best way to get “good” at couponing so you can save the most money and spend the least amount of time on it is to just get started! Everyone has their own way of doing things. Just get started. I’m sure you will change your process a couple times just like I have!
Use BecomeACouponQueen.com to find the best deals for Aldi, Costco, CVS, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Kroger, Meijer, Sam’s Club, Schnucks, Target, The Fresh Market, and Walgreens on my site each week. In addition to these lists, I post 20-30 additional deals every day for these stores as they are found (when new coupons come out, or we find unadvertised deals).
Here are some additional posts you may find valuable as you begin couponing:
- How to Use Coupons to Maximize Your Savings
- Coupon Abbreviations: What do they all mean?
- Coupon Language
- How to Shop Sales Cycles
- Master Stockpiling Tips