With lots of controversy going around about the integrity of the couponers being portrayed in TLC’s new series, Extreme Couponers, there is the same amount of curiosity about how to become successful at couponing. We here at EasternShoreMom.com want to teach you everything we know about couponing & how to do it the right way, so we have put together a new series called…
Will this series teach you how to save money on your every day shopping? Yes!
Will you learn the right way to coupon? Yes!
Is it easy & non-time consuming? Yes!
Will you learn to save the MAXIMUM AMOUNT you can when shopping? Yes!
Day One: Types of Coupons & Stacking Coupons
There are two types of coupons
Manufacturers Coupons- Which are found in your local newspaper inserts, online, in stores, & in magazines. These coupons are going to have the words “Manufacturer Coupon” written in the top left hand corner and the numbers under the barcode are going to begin with a 5 or a 9.
Store Coupons- These coupons are put out by the store. They will be found in the store circular, booklets in the store, online, or in the newspaper inserts. You will be able to tell that it is a store coupon by looking underneath the barcode for the numbers. Manufacturer Coupons will begin with a 5 or a 9, right? So then Store Coupons WILL NOT begin with those numbers. Sometimes the store coupons may resemble a manufacturer coupon, even saying in the upper left hand corner “Manufacturer Coupon” however when you look under the barcode, this is the true sign of if a coupon is a Store or Manufacturer.
What is Stacking coupons?
Stacking is when you use (1) Manufacturer Coupon and (1) Store Coupon on one item. YOU ARE ALLOWED TO DO THIS AT EVERY STORE. When you are shopping a store that accepts store coupons (they put out store coupons for their store OR they accept competing store’s coupons) you want to make sure before you shop to check and see if there is a store coupon AND a manufacturer coupon for the item you are purchasing. If so, you are saving the MAXIMUM amount of money while you shop, because you are using two types of coupons on that one item.
What can I NOT do?
You CANNOT do a 3 way stack, using 1 manufacturer coupons & 2 store coupons. You can only stack 1 mannufacturer coupon & 1 store coupon on one item, this rule is the same at every store.
You CANNOT make copies of any type of coupon. Whether it be an internet printable coupon or a newspaper coupon, copying coupons is a federal offense and you will be put in jail. I know this sounds silly but it is actually very serious. Saving money is not worth the consequences of doing things illegally, so just don’t even try it.
These are the very-basics to couponing. Once you have the above information, you are steadily on your way to becoming an Extreme Couponer! Be sure to join me right here on EasternShoreMom.com while we learn How to become an Extreme Couponer in 10 Days!
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