I’ve been couponing for years now, it’s how we pay off our debt, and so many beginner coupons aren’t saving money because they are making these common coupon mistakes.
“HOLY COW! My eyes lit up so big I thought I had just seen Leonardo Dicaprio! So I only paid $5 for all of that?! And this is food. I don’t have to feel guilty about this because WE NEED FOOD. Oh, I can’t wait to get home AND get some more coupons and come back in an hour. Then tomorrow, I can get this deal.
Then I go to that store on Thursday…..”
Ever been in that situation?! Maybe you are just starting to coupon, and you experience the fantastic “COUPON HIGH.” If you want to dip your toes in but are not quite sure- Go ahead and do it. But, just before you dive in, check out these tips below. You don’t want to make these mistakes when you are a couponer.
Let’s take a little walk together and go over some mistakes you may be making- The good news is you are on your way to a better tomorrow!
Getting Every Deal
When you first start couponing, you can get overwhelmed. Why?! Because there is always a deal. We have the luxuries of seeing many of the same $0.60 toothpaste on sale at CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, etc.
If you run to every store all the time, mistakes will happen. For example, you may end up using the wrong coupon, or it’s expired, and a coupon burnout will shortly follow.
If you get overwhelmed and stop, you may go back to buying whatever looks good at the time, which is a sure way to overspend your hard-earned cash. We don’t want that.
So pick one store to start. You can get started couponing the right way in my four-week step-by-step Learning How to Coupon Series Here.
Buying things you don’t need
Two years ago, I was guilty of this. When I started couponing six years ago, I was shocked you could get things for free and cereal for $0.50 frequently.
I started getting something we didn’t like or wouldn’t use up before they expired. I wasn’t used to getting brand-name items for cheap.
So, in the beginning, when I saw French mustard for $0.66 a bottle, I bought four bottles. I had them for three years. They expired. Guess we don’t eat that much mustard. I wasn’t even able to donate them because they had already passed.
Of course, you can buy things and donate the items you do not want, but be aware if you are buying things you don’t need, with money you may not have, and storing them in places that are taking over your house is time to cut back.
You are not buying a printer.
Many say, “Oh, I want to start couponing but I don’t have a printer.” We are technology-driven, and although there are more e-coupons for us to save, a printer is a must for couponing these days. 70% of the coupons I use are online.
- Update for 2022- I still print coupons but you can use the coupons.com app and connect the manufacturer coupons to your store now too. This app is a must to use!
When you have a local store that doubles coupons and you pair it with the online $0.75/1 printable coupon, you have hit a goldmine. The good news is there are always deals for printers.
Taking all the Peelies and Tear Pad Coupons
There you are at your favorite store, and what do you see?! A coupon peelie on Oreos for $1 off one package. You have not received a $1 off one on Oreos in .. NEVER. So you grab it and all the others. These coupons will make a great deal when they go on sale.
WRONG. We have a coupon code. Taking peelies ( coupons found on a product) is incorrect. These coupons are meant only for the person who is buying the product.
Tear pad coupons are found throughout stores on a tear pad. These coupons you can take without buying any product. Yet you have to remember only to take what your family will use. Taking 25 coupons and leaving 5 for others is wrong. We need to think about our fellow savers.
Not Using Your Stockpile
Many couponers think in the beginning they have to grab every deal that comes around. As a blogger, I see many of the same deals come around every 4-8 weeks.
Sure, that sounds like a long time, but when you grab a few of the items while they are at a stock-up the price, they should last you until the next rock bottom price. This gives you time to let some of the other deals you don’t need go. I am currently on a spending freeze.
In our local grocery store ad, I see that pasta is on sale for $0.66 a box. It’s tempting to grab some even though I just looked in my pantry, and I have ten boxes of assorted varieties of pasta.
Don’t waste your time and funds to keep stocking up when you are already stocked. You can easily get caught into the trap of “HOT DEALS NOW.” But you can also go broke, grabbing every deal. Remember that we have sale cycles meaning every 4-8 weeks, the identical items will be on sale again.
You’re Not Following A Matchup List Every Week
“Not now, Hunny. I’m still searching through this ad for the best deals.” Whoa, whoa, whoa. That, my dear, is a thing of the past. There is no more searching through the ad yourself than searching through your coupons to match the items up. This is all done for you.
I have 20 store coupon matchups lists here, and if a store you love isn’t on the list, you can download the FREE app and get your store and then price compare.
Matchup lists are the best way to coupon and save time. You can quickly scan the items weekly to find the best deal and add them to a printable shopping list. Multitasking at its finest! If you are unfamiliar with these lists- please do yourself a huge favor and check them out!
Plus, they are time-consuming, and I appreciate all the clicks to those matchups 🙂
There you have it my friend. Six essential factors to keep in mind when you start couponing.
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