Fun Ways to Save in National Coupon Month
Grab your scissors and coupon inserts, and get ready to save! National Coupon Month is here—a time to celebrate ways to save money and get great deals. Here are some great ways to find big savings during the month of September.
According to NCH Marketing, a lot of Americans use coupons! In 2011, Americans saved a whopping $4.5 billion by using coupons—a $500 million increase from the year before. Since the recession ended, 80.6% of Americans used coupons regularly to help stretch their budgets.
Today, there are more ways than ever to save. Coupon inserts are in almost every weekend newspaper, or you can visit a coupon site for printable coupons to use at many stores. Some stores have apps or use text messages to deliver savings right to your phone.
How to Maximize Savings
You don’t have to be an extreme couponer in order to save money. Just spending 10 to 20 minutes a week will help you get some great bargains when you go shopping. As you begin your couponing career, keep these ways to save in mind:
- Invest in a binder. This will help keep your coupons organized, so you won’t miss a deal because you can’t find the coupon. Use a three-ring binder with baseball or money inserts, an accordion file, or a small photo album to keep coupons sorted by type.
- Buy low. Use a notebook to track the price of items you buy regularly at your favorite stores. Most stores will feature an item on sale every few weeks. Every few months, however, it will be at its lowest price. By keeping track of the prices, you’ll know when it’s time to stock up. Pair the low price with a coupon, and buy as many as you can per the store’s coupon policy.
- Don’t overbuy. You aren’t saving any money if you don’t use what you buy, so only buy what you need. Look at the item’s expiration date, and don’t buy more than you think you’ll get through before the food expires.
- Combine deals. You can only use one manufacturer’s coupon per item, but you may be able to combine store coupons with manufacturer’s coupons or pair the coupon with a mail-in rebate. If you aren’t sure what’s allowed, ask the store manager for clarification.
Celebrate National Coupon Month by taking advantage of the savings that stores and manufacturers offer. In just a few minutes a week, you can find many ways to save on items that you buy regularly!