Florida A&M University
(BLACK PR WIRE/FAMU-TALLAHASSEE) "" Now, more than ever, students are trying to save money any way they can. Being in college during these economic times can be difficult in regards to finances. One way college students can maximize their dollars is by couponing.
When done correctly, it can save up to 50 percent on a shopping trip. Couponing may seem a bit confusing at first, which is why we've created a guide that will put you on the path to becoming an expert couponer.
1. Gather Your Coupons
Your Sunday paper is the best medium to receive coupons. However, the internet has revolutionized the couponing process. Sites like Coupons, SmartSource, and CouponSuzy all provide coupons you won't find in your Sunday paper.
Don't be afraid to write the company of your favorite product, telling them how much you enjoy it. Or, just ask them for coupons. Their response is usually filled with great offers.
It is imperative that your coupons are organized in a way that is beneficial to you. Many stores sell coupon booklets for only $1. Remember to keep track of the dates of your coupons to diminish the amount of expired coupons in your booklet.
3. Constantly be Aware of Deals
Shopping with coupons during sales and promotions is the heart of couponing. You can double, and even triple, your savings when you use coupons on items that are already on sale.
Stores like Walgreens and CVS can be a couponer's dream land. Not only are there weekly deals, there is also the benefit of store cash. CVS uses the ExtraCare Bucks program while Walgreens uses Registered Rewards. The concept is simple. You buy a certain item that is advertised with either a Registered Reward or ExtraCare Buck, and receive an in-store cash credit. They can be used at any time before the expiration date on any purchase.
4. Bookmark the Blogs and Websites
It is understandable that you might not have the time to scour through weekly ads and match them to coupons. This is where the blog sites come in to play. They do all the work and tedious planning for you. Sites like Qpon Qweens, SouthernSavers and MommySavesBig take all the guesswork out. They compile lists of coupon shopping scenarios for almost every store each week, and direct you to sources for great coupons.
5. Know the Store's Coupon Policy
While couponing may be a fun way to save money once you get the hang of it, you may encounter some issues from a store's staff. Make sure you are aware of the coupon policy, and do one better by having a copy in hand. Remember, all managers have a final say so on policies at their specific store.
6. Save Money
Enjoy your savings and your newfound love for couponing.