Beginner Couponing Tips

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As a single parent, you need every advantage you can get, especially when it comes to feeding your family. Couponing is a great way to save money and feel like you’re getting exclusive deals, but it can seem intimidating. Luckily, it’s possible to start saving money without taking up too much of your time. Here are some tips to help you get started. 
Start Slow: 
Start with one nearby store. Decide on a set time each week when you’ll go shopping, instead of whenever you feel like it. Try to go when the store won’t be too busy, but also at a time when your kid won’t be too upset. Plan your grocery list around what’s on sale. After a few weeks of doing this, you’ll get a feel for how often certain items go on sale, which will help with couponing and with shopping in general. 
Find Coupons: 
Set aside some time each week, around an hour, to start collecting coupons. Look in your local newspapers, especially Sunday papers. Grocery stores have weekly circulars with coupons, so grab a few of those each time you go shopping. If you have a printer, you can search online at websites like, and some stores even have their own apps that will store coupons right on your phone.  
Get Organized:
Get a box, folder, binder, or other item that can hold paper slips and start organizing them however you like. Just make sure to keep a section for coupons that are expiring soon. 
Inform Yourself:
Learn your store’s coupon policy, which you can find online. Also, read the fine print on your coupons to learn the requirements, such as if you have to buy a certain number of items to get the discount. You’ll have a much easier time if you have this information beforehand, and if something should happen during checkout, you’ll have knowledge on your side. 
Match Coupons to Sales:
After you know the sale cycles for your store, you’ll be able to use your coupons on sale items for big savings!
Buy What You Need:
While it feels great to save, you’re still spending money, so make sure you’re buying things you actually need. You also may be able to find other brands of the same item for cheaper, so don’t feel like you have to buy something just because it’s on sale or because you have a coupon. 
As you keep couponing, you’ll get a better idea of your spending habits and of how often you use each item, which will help you plan your future shopping trips. 
Have any other tips for couponing? Let us know in the comments below. 

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