How to coupon


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Have you ever noticed that your monthly expenses are on the high end? Would you want to cut those monthly expenses of necessities such as food or toiletries? Have you ever wanted to learn how to extreme coupon? Here is a PowerPoint presentation to help educate the basic principles of couponing that have been helpful to my own personal couponing experiences. I started extreme couponing in December 2013, so I'm still in the trial and error state myself. Actually from what I've learned, couponing takes a lot of practice to make perfect, and from following pioneer couponers on other social media sites, couponing is nothing but trial and error until finally succeeding in a purchase. So don't feel discouraged if a couponing scenario doesn't go as planned. Just learn from it and keep on couponing. After reading the basic principles of couponing, go out there and purchase your needs with coupons. Practice makes perfect!!

Collect your coupons. Organize them. Collect weekly ads. Write out your store coupon trip. Take ad, select coupons, store's coupon policy, and all necessities to store. Be polite to everyone and surrounding environment in store, especially store employees. Pay attention to register. Check your receipt to make sure all products and coupons were scanned. Take a moment to cherish your shocking savings percentage or low out of pocket payment!! Share any deals with others on social media #extremecouponing

Included in the presentation is:
-how to read a coupon
-where to find coupons
-process to couponing
-store coupon policies
-works cited, which includes more sites with couponing information

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How to coupon

  1. 1. Coupon 101 Practice makes perfect! Shyanne Diaz
  3. 3. Dissecting a Coupon Expiration date - All coupons have an expiration date. - “No expiration date” - Stores usually won’t accept coupons that do not have expiration dates - you can use the coupon until 11:59 pm on 9/30/2012
  4. 4. Dissecting a Coupon Picture - helps build product recognition - great form of advertising for the manufacturer - help you locate the item on the shelf - The picture is NOT what is important though. The manufacturer’s generally put the newest or most expensive product in the picture, obviously hoping you will buy that product. As long as you follow what is in the wording of the coupon, you can usually get the lowest priced product which is generally the better deal.
  5. 5. Dissecting a Coupon Fine Print: - information for the retailers - including the coupon redemption address - one or two lines are intended for the consumer - Don’t copy coupons
  6. 6. Dissecting a Coupon • Limit one coupon per purchase. Each qualifying item(s) is a purchase. If the coupon is for $1 off 2 boxes of cereal and you buy 2 boxes, that is 1 purchase. If you bought 2 more, that is another purchase and you can use another $1/2 coupon. This is on just about every coupon. It means you can not use 2 coupons on 1 product. • Limit one coupon per transaction. This means you can only use one of each coupon per transaction. Each transaction is concluded with a receipt. • Limit one coupon per day/visit. You can only use one of those coupons per store visit. • Limit one coupon per person/customer/household. You can only use one of these coupons.
  7. 7. Dissecting a Coupon Value - how much will be deducted from your purchase. - Will list how many items needed to be bought for the deductions - Show any exclusions
  8. 8. Other “Value” coupons •No size restrictions
  9. 9. Other “Value” coupons • Dollar amount when you buy 2+ items
  10. 10. Other “Value” coupons • Buy One Get One (BOGO) -Maximum Value – auto deduction
  12. 12. Where Can I find them? • Newspaper coupon Inserts (4 copies) Red Plum Smart Source P&G • Online clipping services
  13. 13. Where Can I find them? • Internet Printables (2 per device & monthly resets) • • • • Couponing sites • Google NEVER PHOTOCOPY COUPONS!!
  14. 14. Where Can I find them? • Emailed coupons • Sign up for memberships • Loyalty programs
  15. 15. Catalinas • require a certain dollar amount or quantity of products to be purchased. • Once you have met the qualifications, a Catalina will print for a certain amount off your next purchase. • Usually this purchase can be made for anything in the store, however, some promotions require they be used toward a specific brand or product.
  16. 16. Where Can I find them? •Tear Pads
  17. 17. Where Can I find them? •Blinkies • In stores • 1 minute shootings
  18. 18. Where Can I find them? • “Hang tags” around bottles
  19. 19. Where Can I find them? “Peelies” on Products in Stores - for product - for different product
  20. 20. Where can I find them? • Store Coupons • Target –, Sunday inserts, text message coupons, Cartwheel app • Walgreens- IVC booklets front of store, Catalina • Cvs – email, Redbox Coupon Center • Randalls – phone app, catalina • Dollar General & Family Dollar – text message, apps, online • Heb- yellow hang tags, email, catalina
  21. 21. Where can I find them? • (Make a membership) • Cvs • Walgreens • Randalls • Sign up for mobile coupons • Target • Dollar stores • Download store apps
  22. 22. Process to Couponing
  23. 23. Collect coupons & Weekly Ad • Best range of a month’s past inserts • 4 copies of like coupons • Organize coupon keeper • Weekly ads will be in stores, Sunday’s paper, or online • Future papers • •
  24. 24. budget • Aim for about $10-20 less in the beginning • Start small then progressively larger savings will arrive • If you don’t need product don’t buy it • Be open to various like brands – don’t pay full price for a specific brand if you can get a like brand for extremely cheap or free
  25. 25. Match Coupons with Sales & Promotions • Timing is everything! Wait for a good sale! • One of the biggest mistakes you can make is using a coupon just because you have it. • all stores run a weekly ad with sale prices and great promotions like: • Ex: Buy One, Get One Free or Spend $15 on these products, get $5 back or Buy 4, Save $4 Instantly. • Then, stack manufacture coupons and store coupons on top of the sale • If you don’t catch a sale, sales will come back around. (6-8weeks sale cycles)
  26. 26. Stacking Coupons • Stacking simply means use one manufacturer coupon and one store coupon on one item. • Target, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, Randalls, and Safeway YOU CAN NEVER USE 2 MANUFACTURER COUPONS ON ONE ITEM
  27. 27. Store Preparedness • Before you leave the house, make a plan of what you want to buy. • Write down the items, the prices, and the quantities. If you are doing multiple transactions, separate the items into lists before ever leaving your house. • Set aside coupons that will be used • In envelopes, paperclips, staple (also include scissors and calculator) • Have store coupon policy and weekly ad (self defense) • Choose to go during off-peak hours • Less people in lines; Cashiers & managers tend to be less frustrated
  28. 28. Just the Basics Single Roll Paper Towel $0.75 • Use $0.75/1 Just the Basics Single Roll Paper Towel from CVS Coupon Center Week of 3/23 • Final Price: Free Buy 3 Wisk Laundry Detergent, 32 loads $8.99, regular price (Buy One Get Two Free Select Laundry Detergents, Limit 6) • Use three $1.50/1 – Wisk Item from RP 3/9 • Final Price: $1.50 each, when you buy 3 Buy 3 Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant Deodorant, 2.6 oz $5.00 (Spend $15.00, Receive $5.00 ExtraBucks, Limit 1) • Use three $2.00/1 – Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant Deodorant from RP 3/2 • Use one $2.00/$8.00 Deodorant Purchase from CVS Coupon Center • Use one $1.00/$4.00 Deodorant Purchase from CVS Coupon Center • Pay $6.00 for all 3, Receive $5.00 ECBs (Final Price: S1.00 or $.33 each) Buy 2 Physicians Formula Quad Eye Shadow $6.99, regular price (Buy 2, Receive $10.00 ExtraBucks, Limit 1) • Pay $13.98, Receive $10.00 ExtraBucks (Final Price: $1.99 each, when you buy 2) CVS 3/23/14
  29. 29. Check out • Be polite. Say “hello” inform your cashier that you will use coupons • To stretch out your money, you may need to do 2+ transactions • Let others go ahead of you • If someone comes behind you, inform them that you may take awhile • KEEP YOUR EYES ON REGISTER!! • Don’t forget to scan your membership card • After all purchases scanned, hand cashier coupons: • Store coupons, manufacturer coupons, Cartwheel (if at target), Store money (ECBs, points, RR, GC) • Make sure all items and coupons were scanned properly on receipt • Make sure to have any received ECBs, points, RRs, GC
  30. 30. Rain Checks • a slip of paper provided by the store when a sale item is out of stock. • It authorizes you to come back when the item is again in stock and buy it at the sale price. • Rain Check policies vary by store • Rain Check Points to Consider • Make sure the coupons you plan to use on the RC item won’t expire before the store restocks • You can’t get a RC on clearance prices • When redeeming RC, be courteous of your checker. Let her know beforehand that you have a RC; she’ll need to enter the amount manually
  31. 31. Store Coupon Policies • Randalls - • CVS - • Target - nd_discounts/target_coupon_policy/target_coupon_policy.html • PRICE MATCHING - • Walgreens - • Walmart - • AD MATCHING - • Dollar General - • Family Dollar - • Dollar Tree - • HEB -
  32. 32. CONCLUSION • Collect & organize coupons • One manufacturer coupon per purchase • Can stack with one store coupon • Do not copy any coupons • Make a plan • Be polite to surrounding environment • Hold on to store money to use for next week’s couponing trip • Practice makes perfect!!
  33. 33. Works Cited • coupons/ • mom/coupon-language-understand-how-to-read-your-coupons/ • •