I hope you answered YES. The wait is finally over. I will break down the five steps to get you started on your first shopping trip
1. Determine what grocery stores are in your area to shop at.
Here we have several different grocery stores to choose from Lowes Foods, Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Kroger, Just Save, Charlie C’s and etc. Remember if the store everyday prices are extremely lower then their sales are normal the greatest. They rely on their daily sales to entice their customers. But on the other hand, if the store has higher prices they use their sales to entice their shoppers but you will also end up buying items that aren’t on sale during this time cause the prices of other items are much lower.
You can use the store website, the sales paper or even a app to help you make your list.
Here are my recommendations on coupon matchup sites:
If you are looking for a specific store you would just google the store name with coupon matchups and something will definitely pop up. After you find the store matchups you can bookmark it and go back and reference the site. If you are needing help with Coupon Lingo refer back to the blog post Coupon Lingo.
2. Look for the current deals for this week on the coupon matchup site that you have to choose.
Now that you have decided on a site and what store you want to shop at look at the website and click on this week’s ad and browse to see what you would like to buy.
- Make sure you are reading everything and taking notes:
- Check the total price after the coupons.
- Look to see if its a great deal compared to another store that it may be on sale at?
- What items do my family and I need or want?
- Do it require a coupon from the newspaper inserts?
- Do it require a printable coupon?
- Are there links to the printable coupon in the deals?
Continue to do this if you are going to more than one store in your area. You can always consider which store to go to based off of which store that has more items that you want to purchase. Using the coupon matchup site will save you a lot of time so make sure you are utilizing this tool.
3. Make your list.
Now, your going to make a list for the one store of your choice. Pick the top 3 items on your list for the store that you choose. Remember you are just getting started so you don’t want to overwhelm yourself. We are going to take small steps with learning how to use coupons.
Eventually, it will get easy to compile a list of 20 items with 30 coupons. We are going to start small then move big. Depending on what coupon match up a site you use you can check the boxes and print the list out or you can write it out. When writing out your list make sure you include the exact name of the product along with the size of the product, the sale price and what coupon you are using.
When choosing the items you want to purchase make sure they fit the following criteria.
- After coupons, it is over 60% savings from the regular price.
- If it is a printable coupon that is required it is still available at this time.
- That the item is something that you use in your household.
This is only the beginning and unless you have been collecting newspaper inserts for a long period of time you won’t have a huge supply of coupons. Which is okay but in the weeks to come you will come across more coupons you should have at least one computer to print coupons for. Refer to Where do I find the coupons at? and that will help you to find coupons.
4. Gather your coupons.
Make sure you use the links that on the site to print coupons if there are printable coupons available. You can print the same coupon twice from the same coupon. Once you have printed the coupons you would then need to cut them for your shopping trip.
Always remember that if the item is Buy One Get Free you can use a coupon for each item and that will lower your out of pocket expense. On your list, you would need to put beside each item how many coupons you will need for the items that you are going to be purchasing.
5. Ready to GO Shopping?
Are you excited? This is your first shopping trip to the store. ONLY purchase what is on your list. I repeat ONLY purchase what’s on your list. If you need additional items make a separate trip to the store to purchase those items.
Now that you have found the items you had on your list before proceeding to the checkout check your coupons for the size and quantities to make sure they are correct.
When you are in the checkout line make sure you tell the cashier that you have coupons and they will then let you know if you would need to hand them over upfront or after they have rung up the items.
Always pay attention that all your coupons have been scanned and now were skipped or forgotten. Once you see your receipt the nervousness and worrying will be over!
And that’s it you might not feel like it is much that you have done on your first trip because it wasn’t a lot of items but you have to start small in order to get the hang of couponing. Now if you feel confident after this trip to try it again repeat the steps and go to another store of the same store with different items on your list but make sure you only do a few items at a time.
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Comment below on how your first shopping trip was and show your receipt with your items so we can see your work.