Today, I want to go over what to with printable coupons and coupons you might find from other sources.
Should I print every coupon I find online?
The short answer is no. Just as I recommend most couponers file their inserts rather than clip every coupon, I also recommend waiting to print most online coupons until you plan to use them.
Right now, the SavingsAngel.com coupon database includes 5,201 printable coupons. You would have to spend a lot of time – not to mention paper and ink – to print all those coupons!
So instead of printing coupons right away, use a coupon database that matches up the sales to the coupons. Our SavingsAngel database lets members see the best deals of the week and then links them directly to the printable coupons they need.
When should I print coupons?
Now, as with most things in life, there are exceptions to this rule. Printable coupons aren’t like your inserts. They aren’t simply waiting indefinitely for you to print them. Many have print limits which means that once x number of coupons have been printed, the coupon is no longer available.
This means there are some coupons you should print immediately. Coupons posted on Facebook, for example, tend to quickly hit their print limit. In addition, high value or free coupons should also be printed right away, particularly if they are for items you regularly use.
Once you gain some experience couponing, you’ll learn which ones are likely to only be available for a brief time. A $5 off coupon for a razor is a rarity and may be gone in a matter of days or even hours. Meanwhile, you can almost always find coupons for 30 cents off refrigerated biscuits or 50 cents off granola bars.
What do I do with printed coupons?
If you only print the coupons you need plus a few high value coupons, you’ll likely be using them right away. However, what do you do with them in the meantime? And how do you store the tearpad, blinkie, catalina and other coupons you might collect from various sources?
While printables are included in coupon databases, tearpad, blinkie and catalina coupons often are not. That means it is up to you to develop a method to organize those coupons and locate which ones you need for a future shopping trip.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer. Some couponers create a coupon binder like the ones used by those who clip rather than file their inserts. Other couponers may put these coupons into an old-school coupon box and file them away by category.
I know one couponer who has a zippered coupon clutch in which she files her coupons for each store for visits each week. After her shopping trips, she moves any unused coupons plus any in-store coupons and catalina coupons she finds to the back of the clutch. Then, before shopping the next week, she pulls out that stack of coupons and quickly flips through them to see if they match anything on her shopping list.
The key is to find a strategy that works for you. The right method will depend on how much time you want to spend organizing and how much time you want to spend searching through the coupons to find ones that match a sale.
If you need help finding the right method, feel free to stop by our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/savingsangel.
The best couponers save hundreds of dollars every month at the grocery store. However, extreme couponers can end up living very extreme lifestyles to get those savings. For over five years, SavingsAngel.com has equalized the playing field – giving extreme savings to busy families who don’t have the time or ability to be an extreme couponer. Each week, SavingsAngel.com’s over 70 angels combine over 2,000 products on sale at local grocery and drug stores with an enormous database of over 2000 different manufacturer coupons. These combinations result in our members getting access to over 300 products each week for 50% off or better. Simply log in, choose the deals you want, print or clip only the coupons you need, and save hundreds of dollars a month at regional and national stores. Our angels will personally work with you to craft a plan that will help you buy healthier food at lower prices – helping you keep $200 to $400 in savings each month.
Josh Elledge is the Chief Executive “Angel” of SavingsAngel, Inc. – launched from his home in January 2007. A husband and father of three, he now appears each week on television, in eight newspapers, and a number of radio stations across the country teaching families how to cut their grocery bill in half using the Internet. Elledge created the technology found on SavingsAngel.com through the need to save his own family’s money. Successfully able to cut his own grocery bill from $600 a month to less than $300 a month, his message has reached hundreds of thousands of families. SavingsAngel.com is now growing rapidly throughout the country. You can watch a short video at SavingsAngel.com that will explain more information about how to cut your own grocery bill in half with the help of SavingsAngel.com!