Thursday, December 30, 2010

Couponing & Other Ways To Save

How many ways can you save your hard-earned dollars?  First, using coupons (newspaper inserts, store dispensers, tear pads, store flyers, store websites, store register coupons, printables from the Internet, manufacturer websites, coupons by mail, ecoupons, coupon codes) is probably the easiest and most common way to save.  Another saving strategy is shopping store sales: buy-one-get-one-free sales, discount sales, clearance sales, scratch-and-dent sales, etc., and using store savings programs.  You can also shop the outlet stores for chains like Sears, Bealls, etc.  One more great way to save is buy going through a rebate website such as eBates.  Perhaps the best way to save is to stack your savings:  using multiple savings strategies on the same item --- purchasing something via a rebate website using a coupon code on a discounted or clearance item!  By combining any of these strategies on a consistent basis the savings quickly add up.  One caveat however - don't be lured into purchasing items just because you have a coupon or it happens to be a fantastic deal.  Buying items you won't use is not a savings strategy (unless you plan to donate to a local food bank or charity).

Coupons can be found as listed above.  Purchase a local Sunday paper for the coupon inserts.  Stores run sales on  certain types of items on a regular basis.  Usually every month to six weeks the same products come on sale.  By purchasing multiple Sunday papers you can save coupons until the item comes on sale. Also, when you shop, scan the aisles for displays offering coupons.  This is another easy way to accumulate savings on items you will use.  For items on which you remain brand-loyal, check the manufacturer websites for savings clubs.  Oftentimes they will e-mail coupons to you for products you use on a regular basis.  Printables are great, too.  You can find a selection of coupons for items at sites such as, Smart Source, and RedPlum, among others.  For ecoupons, look for sites like Upromise.  Coupon codes can be found all over the Web.  Try sites like FatWallet, CouponCabin and SlickDeals for coupon codes.

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Happy New Year and Happy Saving!

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