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Learning how to coupon can save a household thousands of dollars a year.

How to Coupon: A Beginner’s Introduction

Couponing has been making a strong comeback recently thanks to the down economy. The promises of free items or even getting cash back with “doublers” and “catalinas” is more than just merely alluring to many. If you’re tempted to coupon more than just casually, here are some things to keep in mind:

1. Expect to spend an hour or two (or more) each week organizing your shopping trips; Many on reality tv claim to spend as time couponing as they would at a part-time job.

2. Expand your horizons and be willing to shop at some grocery stores you normally do not frequent;

3. Be ready to beef up your newspaper subscription and ask around for coupon booklets that other don’t use.

4. Don’t be discouraged by having to get back in line to redeem another set of coupons, and don’t be distracted by impatient shoppers behind you in line.

5. Keep your spending in perspective. It’s easy to get overly excited about great deals and make bulk purchases. Always stick to your spending limits no matter how much savings you might be missing out on.

If you choose to embark upon the rewarding but demanding job of couponing to save your household what could be hundreds or thousands of dollars over a year’s time, find a mentor. Whether you work with a friend or find a blog online that you can trust, learn from others’ successes (and mistakes) and know what to expect. They may help you avoid discouragement and find couponing nirvana.

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