Help Save Money with Coupons | 10 Best Tips for Beginners

If you’re looking for tips on how to help save money with coupons, you’re in the right place!  We’ve put together 10 of our best tips for anyone who wants to try couponing but doesn’t know where to start.  {Find more articles on how to save money.}

*Since we’re starting with the basics, you might also want to watch this brief video of Kasey explaining the basics of couponing.

1.  Get some coupons, pronto!

Coupons are EVERYWHERE.  You can print them out online from these main sites – as well as others:

The Sunday paper is the main source for coupons.  Each Sunday newspaper has a couple coupon inserts inside.  If you glance through these before you buy it, and like what you see ( are there several coupons for things you buy often?) go ahead and get 4 or 5 newspapers. (More on that later)

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Christmas Clearance: Coupons to Print Ahead of Time

 Christmas Ziploc bags

The weeks following a big holiday are one of the BEST times to pick up ordinary items to stockpile in your pantry. 

For instance, you can stock up BIG TIME on Ziploc bags in the aftermath of Christmas -  while everyone else is running for the toy aisle, you can be making a beeline for the baggies!  Here is a little list of items to hunt down – as well as the coupons you’ll want to print out.  You might want to keep in an envelope or special binder-pocket and bring along as you hit various stores over the next couple weeks.  You never know what you’ll find – so keep your eyes peeled!

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*NEW* Deal Search Feature!

In case you haven’t noticed the unassuming new “search for a deal” option over in the sidebar, this weekend we added a new (and completely awesome) feature to Time2Save!   Using the Deal Search feature, you can now type in an item that you want to find a deal for – and see the deals at all the stores for that item.  That way you can compare to decide where is the best place to shop.

I love to use this feature when I have a great coupon, and I want to use it at the best possible place.  If I type in “Viva Paper Towels” for instance, I find out right away that Walgreens has the best deal on these.

Or use it creatively!  Wondering who has the best deals on Halloween Candy – of ANY kind?  Try typing in the term “Fun Size” and see what that brings up.  (Probably every bagged candy deal from Target to CVS)

We hope you begin trying out this new feature, and that it makes your life a little easier :)

 

coupon-database

Searching for a coupon instead?  Check out our Time2Save Coupon Database to find a coupon – any coupon!  Whether it’s a printable, from a newspaper insert, a booklet we’ve found in stores, or eCoupons and Rebate offers – we have a team of elves working in the background to get ALL coupons entered, with all the correct information, day and night ;)

One feature of the database that I really like, is how specific you can make the search.  Let’s say I wanted to search for a Red Baron coupon.  I could narrow it down to include ONLY Red Baron printable coupons (by clicking ALL FORMATS, and then PRINTABLE).

You can also search for a Catalina going on at your favorite store by choosing CATALINA under formats – and then picking which store you’re hoping to find a catalina for.

Happy hunting, and please let us know if you have ANY questions!

Send Expired Coupons to Military Families!

Did you know that expired coupons aren’t trash? It’s true!

Military families are allowed to use coupons up to 6 months past their printed expiration date! While the service pay rates are no longer below the poverty level, they are in no way great when you have a family. Can you imagine what a blessing it would be to receive a bundle of valuable coupons from someone back home – and realizing they cared enough to send them?

If you are interested in dropping off coupons to be sent to military families, you’ll be happy to hear that locally, the Dupont Community Credit Union has kindly volunteered each of their branches to be a drop-off point for unused and expired coupons destined for the military.  You can click on the image below to read more about the program and see the dropoff locations:

If you don’t live near a Dupont Community Credit Union you can connect on Facebook to Coups for Troops to find out more information.   Or check out the list of Military Base Volunteers here on Expires Coupons for Overseas Military.

 

Or you can also mail the coupons to the address below.

Military Families at:Brooke Seigrist, Family Services Coordinator
48 FSS/FSFR
Unit 5200, Box 105
APO, AE 09461

Phone – 011-44-1638-522641

Questions? Email – lakenheathloanlocker@googlemail.com

NOTE: Please don’t drop off coupons expired PAST the 6 month limit, or the military base personnel will be forced to sort through huge boxes of unsorted coupons to find usable ones.  Please send coupons that are just recently expired, and if you have time – tuck them into envelopes sorted by categories (i.e. Food, Baby, Household Cleaners, Toiletries, Pets….)  Thanks!!

Contacting Companies for Coupons | Top 50 Companies that will Send Coupons

One of the best ways to receive coupons (and sometimes even Freebies) for a product you enjoy, is simply to write the company.  Taking a few moments to join the email newsletter will allow you to receive exclusive coupons.  Spend a few more moments contacting that company and you’ll often receive FREE product coupons in the mail!

First, here are a few newsletters we recommend signing up for -

  •  Pillsbury - Pillsbury, Betty Crocker & General Mills Product Coupons
  • RightAtHome – SC Johnson Product Coupons (Glade, Windex, Scrubbing Bubbles, etc)
  • Target Newsletter - Get updates on Cartwheel offers, special online codes, and printable coupons
  • Pampers Gifts to Grow – Receive 100 free points toward your purchase of Pampers goods and Save money with exclusive coupons

  • P& G Everyday – Exclusive Coupons for Proctor & Gamble Products (Click box below)

Now when you begin to actually contact companies – you’ll want to follow three guidelines:

  1. Set up an email address specifically for coupon business (like, jamielovescoupons @gmail.com)
  2. Take a little time each day to contact companies on this list – maybe the 20 minutes you spend sipping your morning coffee.
  3. On some of the links you’ll find a contact and newsletter sign up. Go to the contacts below and have a “cut and paste” request ready AND sign up for the newsletter for future coupons. Here’s a sample of a cut and paste, “Hi, I’mJamie and I’d like coupons mailed directly to my home to use your products (name product (s) if you like) My address is X.”

 Ok – ready to try your luck at getting FREE product coupons?  Just remember that saving money frees up funds that your family can use to do fun things, pay off debt and more!

 50 Companies that Will Send You Coupons:

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Seasonal Sales Cycles: What to Buy in July

july sales

Wondering what to stock up on in July? You’ll find tons of great deals on fantastic items. Now is the time to find everything from charcoal, to sunscreen, to school supplies to fruit.

When looking at the month of July, you will want to look for any kind of grocery items related to the Fourth of July holiday. This would include a great deal of grilling and cookout items. Because July is also National Hotdog Month, Blueberry Month, and Baked Beans Month, you will also find great deals on those items. Items you will see on sale and want to stock up on as a result of this month’s themes are items such as BBQ Sauce, Bottled Water, Charcoal, Condiments, Dips, Ground Beef, Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns, Marinade, Paper Products, Utensils, Potato Chips, Ribs, Salad Dressing, Sodas and Steaks. Remember that many of these items have lengthy expiration dates, and can be frozen until you need them. When possible, stock up and save!
July is also a great time to find summer essentials on sale. This would include supplies such as Sunscreen, Insect Repellent, Summer Clothing Clearance, Patio Furniture, and even Garden Décor. Pretty soon these items will be pulled from shelves, so now is the time to grab them and grab them for less. [Read more...]

Ask Time 2 $ave: Do You Only Buy Items if You have a Coupon?

couponing 101 q&a

Do you only buy items if you have a coupon?

I remember one of my first big couponing trips. I came home so excited about my savings and I couldn’t wait to spread it all out on the table and show my husband. He only had one question, “Where’s the Diet Coke?”

This was NOT what I wanted to hear. I wanted him to be excited as he “ooh’d” and “ahhh’d” over what an amazing job I had done. Nope, instead I got, “Honey, that’s great. Where is the Diet Coke?” My answer? “It wasn’t on sale!” To me this statement explained everything. To him it meant grabbing his keys, driving back to the store and buying some Diet Coke! [Read more...]