Learning to coupon does not need to be difficult, neither does getting started. Here are 7 EASY steps to get you through your first coupon deal, today!
1. Get an “exclusive” couponing email address.
This is an email address that you will use exclusively for couponing 😀 You can use AOL, GMAIL, YAHOO, or any free email address provider. Give your new email address a simple name so that you don’t forget it and so that you can type it quickly whenever you need to sign up to a site, for free coupons. For example, mine is Lopezcoupons@aol.com. Can’t forget that!
2. You’ll Need Coupons.
If you’re just starting out, you probably have no coupons. That’s okay! There are so many ways to get coupons, and printing them is the fastest way to start building your coupon stash right away and to get out there and start saving today.
Reasons that may have been stopping you from printing coupons:
- You don’t have a printer. Do you have family, friends, a printer at work? You can try any of these ways to start printing coupons now. You can even try your local library. Yes, your local library! Some will actually allow you to print coupons. If they do, you’re in business.
- You don’t have internet. Same solutions as not having a printer, above.
- You don’t know where to get printable coupons. We’ll get to that next. We’ll also tell you what coupons to print so that you don’t waste time, ink or paper on coupons you don’t need right now.
- You don’t have a computer. If you don’t have a computer or access to a computer, you can still print coupons from your mobile device or tablet, with a wireless printer. Connect your device, visit coupons.com and try to resist the urge to print more than you really need. I couldn’t resist my first time and ended up with HUNDREDS of coupons. You do not want to make the same mistake I did 😉
3. Where to Print Coupons.
That’s easy! We created a page with direct links to the TOP places to print coupons on the internet. Click here to access that page and visit each site. Some you will need to sign up for, others you won’t. Go ahead and sign up now, to save time later. **Don’t start printing yet! Keep reading…
4. Finding Deals.
Don’t know where to find deals to match your coupons? First, since you are just starting out, you don’t want to go deal crazy. Take baby steps to successfully learn the couponing lifestyle. Our site (welovecouponing.com), has a section to locate printable coupon deals. This is where you’ll go today to find ONE deal you can do now! Click here to access our printable coupon deals. Later, you can learn how to match coupons with deals on your own or you can use couponing blogs like this one.
5. Pick Your Deal.
We have made it extremely easy to follow each deal, even if you have never used coupons before. Go ahead and choose your deal. Be sure it is a current deal, as some of the deals posted may be for upcoming deals, or may even be expired. Check the deal post for valid dates. If no valid dates are given, the deal may be good until the coupon expires or is no longer available.
6. Print Your Coupons.
Each printable coupon deal has a link that takes you directly to the coupon you’ll need to print. Click on the coupon link of the deal you chose. Now find the coupon on that page and follow the printing instructions. If the coupon is from coupons.com, it will be pre-clipped and all you’ll have to do is click the print button. If this is your first time printing from certain coupon sites, you may be instructed to download coupon printing software. Go ahead and do it. Then you’ll be able to print. Once you print one coupon, go back to the deal post and click to print one more. *You are allowed to print 2 coupons per device from most sites.
7. Let’s Go Shopping.
Now that you have your deal and you’ve printed your coupon(s) for that deal, cut your coupon/s out and jot down your deal (or screenshot it), so that you don’t forget it. When you start couponing more frequently, you’ll be doing more than one deal per trip. At that time you may want to make a list of your items, then if you have a paper clip or stapler, clip or staple your coupons to your list before heading out. Since we’re only doing one deal right now, you won’t need a list.
When you get to the store, grab your item/s. Be sure to check that the size of the item is as listed on the deal and that it matches the coupon. We’ve already made sure the coupon is a match, but you should start getting used to checking your coupons against the items, so that you don’t misuse your coupons in the future. Do not buy anything else! We are getting you through your first deal and you want it to be as easy as possible! Now head over to the checkout lane, let the cashier ring up your item/s, then pass him/her your coupon/s. Pay the balance, grab your bag, and hold your head up high while you head out the store.
Congratulations! You just saved money on your FIRST coupon trip! And this is just the beginning. You are now on your way to a life FULL of HUGE savings!
I suggest doing a couple of one item deals, before attempting to make a list. Maybe do 2 more trips with one item, then increase your trips to 2 items, then 3 and so on; until you feel comfortable creating a longer list of items.
Before jumping into big trips however, you’ll want to learn the coupon lingo here and about other coupons; like inserts, mobile coupons, blinkies, tearpads, etc., here. In the future, you may want to start a stockpile too. A stockpile is when you purchase many of the same items in order to store them in your home for future use. Couponers usually stockpile for 3 to 6 months. You can read more about stockpiles here. You should also check out our Newbies Page, where you’ll find a lot of useful information to help you on your way.
If you need more help, feel free to join our Newbies Facebook Group. There you’ll find new couponers (just like you) as well as wonderful admins ready to help you and answer any questions you may have.
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