In today’s economic climate, it has become vital to save money where ever and however we can. Financial experts are always advising us to save, but not really providing workable solutions for people that are just about making it month end to month end. The expert advice usually consists of how much we should have saved by now, but not telling us how to get there.
When most people think of saving money, they focus their efforts on cutting back and skimping on essentials. However, there is a way to save and still have all that you need – and sometimes more than you need. This way of saving can prove beneficial to your bank account and your lifestyle.
This saving method has been around for ages but is often overlooked. Coupons are becoming increasingly popular again.
I know your initial thought must have been: “What? Coupons? Are you crazy? It is so much hassle to do that.” Coupons have recently shrugged off the reputation of being the poor man’s welfare. More and more companies are offering coupons to encourage consumers to shop with them.
Here are a few tips for making couponing hassle free and a quick road to increase your saving.
Misplacing coupons, trying to use expired coupons, forgetting the coupons at home, and losing coupons that offer great deals are not situations you want to find yourself in when you are trying to use them to save money. Make sure all your coupons are in one place in order to avoid self-inflicted forehead slaps at the cashier. Use a little folder or purse that can easily fit in your handbag and carry it with you all the time. Those last minute pop in at the store on your way home from the office is often when you need those coupons the most.
- Provide feedback
Brands are always encouraging us to provide feedback, and we should take them up on those requests. Should you be unhappy or concerned about the slightest thing regarding the product, let them know. Most brands will reward you with coupons for your feedback.
Recently, the web has been littered with coupons. Manufacturers and brands now have a new channel to offer coupons to their consumers. Start by joining company Facebook pages, register on brand websites and sign up to company newsletters. Some of the best deals I have come across have been on Coupon Dad.
- Don’t spend it all
For grocery shopping, special offers usually change every week and most coupons are valid for a month, so you can hold onto the coupons to make sure you get the best deal possible. Added to that, don’t hesitate to stockpile non-perishables. These items will not go off and it is always great to have extra essentials around.
Using coupons can be fun and it is a great way to increase your savings considerably. You will see month to month how much you have saved and it will spur you on to continue.