The Encyclopedia of being a successful couponer

Save while shopping:
Did you ever think that while you shopped, you could also be consciously saving some money? This of course is possible if you practice couponing. World over, this phenomenon has helped so many people make wonderful saving even when they can shop whatever they like, even a luxury.
What exactly is couponing?
Coupons are similar to small tickets that can be collected from various sources like the newspapers, magazines and other promotional flyers that one can see and pick up from the grocers or the departmental store where one does weekly shopping. The coupons are to be produced at the billing counter when you are done with your shopping so that the cashier can help you have the deals with us at the coupons promise.
Inform the cashier that you have coupons:
When your shopping cart is full and you want to check out, you can courteously tell the cashier who would be billing your shopping that you have coupons. This may help her in helping you better. Generally, the customer with coupons takes a bit longer time and so the cashier may ask the customers behind you to join the queue at the other cashier’s counters.
Coupons can be of various kinds. Some may offer a discount from the regular price of the grocery or some may have promotion offers that may enable you to pick up one more of the similar stuff for the price of one. Some coupons may also have offers for a prospective date say a forty percent off from your next purchase of a particular brand of breakfast cereal, etc.
What does the term extreme couponing mean?
Even though the word has a negative connotation, it does not mean any maniacism about collecting coupons. On the other hand, it means dedicated couponing from the people who can afford to spend a little time on a regular basis to cut and collect coupons from the various sources before the decide on that week’s shopping list.
The term incidentally has been borrowed from an American television reality show by the same name where the participating members were asked to shop at the stores with minimum cash and majorly using their art and talent for couponing. The winner of the show was the person who could manage to successfully bag the largest shopping cart with the least sum of money.
Here is a list of the things you must do and things that you must never even think of doing if saving is your idea about shopping:

  1. Look out for coupons:

Coupons are everywhere, on the internet, the newspapers and even in your mail box. So, look out for them consciously everywhere. Sometimes, if you are lucky you may come across a coupon for something you always procrastinated buying because you felt the price for it was not justified or it was simply out of reach for you.

  1. It’s a good idea to shop at sale:

Shopping at sale time and with coupons is like double whammy! The coupons redeemed at the sale season can ensure your purse strings are heavy while you shop till you drop. While some regressive chain stores do not allow the combination, most of the famous ones do not mind their customers combining the two.

  1. Write to win:

The Corporate world love to know what their customers are thinking about them. So, if you have the flair, get out the paper and the pen and write your mind away. Companies generally send mind blowing offers and coupons for having let them know about your experience with their products.  

  1. Didn’t like something, let them know:

If the product you picked up from the shelf is bothering you, you may want to write a review about it to the local media or even report it to the company. The company will have to legally make good the loss and in addition may compensate you for the troubles that you faced. Most of the companies reward free supplies and/or coupons redeemable next time.

  1. Loyalty programs:

Adding points through loyalty programs is easy. The accumulated points are helpful in procuring rebate from the store.
The things to avoid:

  1. Don’t use productive time in couponing:

As a rule couponing should be done only in your free time and for a fixed time slot. Otherwise it can become counter-productive.

  1. Shop what you need:

Don’t horde on any stuff just because there is a good offer. Pick up what you will need and not what you get throw away price.

  1. Read the fine print:

Read and understand the coupon including the fine print to avoid embarrassing moments at the counter.

  1. No stock piling please:

With smaller kitchens and pantries, stockpiling especially on the perishables is strict no. perishables may need constant refrigeration and we are now talking about savings, so!