September is National Couponing Month and we can’t think of a better time to start your couponing journey or to read a few new tips if you already know how to coupon. After all, we’re just a few months away from the holidays, so it’s time to save as much as we can, am I right?
1. Know the couponing lingo.
Look, I know how intimidating it can be, whether you’re learning how to coupon or you’re a seasoned vet — nothing is worse than getting up to the register and realizing you’ve made a mistake. To get around that, you should give yourself a little review on the terminology.
For instance, “One coupon per purchase” actually means that you can use one coupon per item! I know, confusing. Read up on the 9 most confusing couponing terms if you’re feeling nervous. And if you’re wondering how to get free coupons, then check out our coupon page!
If you’re wondering how to start couponing, then read The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Couponing!
2. Join your store’s loyalty program.
Most grocery and retail stores have some sort of loyalty program, and joining is how to get coupons easily. For instance, Kroger frequently sends out coupons for a free item on Fridays, and CVS will email you a 20% off coupon just for signing up!
Many times this is also where to get manufacturer coupons if you don’t feel like clipping or printing them.
If you’re worried about your email getting out of control, then consider starting an email just for this kind of thing.
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3. Try out a new rebate app.
If you aren’t using rebate apps, then you’re missing out! In fact, they’re great if you’re wondering how to start couponing, too! Here’s how they work:
Download our favorite app, ibotta.
Before you shop, scroll to see what offers are available and load the ones you’ll use to your app
When you’re done, scan your receipts and get cash back
Different apps have different rules about when and how you get your money back, but typically you have to reach a threshold (like $20) then you can receive a payout via PayPal, Venmo or good ol’ fashioned check.
Take a look at the ultimate guide to rebate apps to help you decide which one (or more!) is best for you.
4. Know your store’s coupon policy.
They all have them, and National Couponing Month is a great time to make sure you know what’s up. If you’re looking for a reason to try out a new place, then check out the top 9 stores with the best couponing policies.
5. Download the Krazy Coupon Lady app and follow your favorite stores.
I know I’m biased, but the KCL app is THE best way to stay up to date on the best coupons and deals at your favorite stores, and you get to do it on the go!
Once you download the app, select the star by your favorite stores and their coupons, and deals will show up in your feed.
You can also choose to get push notifications on your favorite products, like air fryers, Tide laundry detergent or L.O.L Surprise. This is a great strategy for holiday shopping.
For step-by-step instructions, check out our getting started guides for Android and iOS.
6. Make a couponing date with a friend.
Everything is more fun with friends, and figuring out how to start couponing is no exception! Plus, you can combine knowledge to shop smarter. Maybe you know how to get coupons and your buddy can navigate a sale like a champ — go together and you’ll rock it.
7. Start a couponing club!
This is a great place to start if you are wondering how to start couponing or where to get manufacturer coupons. There might even be a club out there already that you can join — check with your local community center or ask some like-minded friends.
8. Use National Couponing Month to start a new stockpile.
First of all, if you’re wondering where to get manufacturer coupons, then you need to head over to the Krazy Coupon Lady coupon page and thank us later.
Next, make sure you know the stock-up price for your favorite items.
You shouldn’t plan to build an entire stockpile in just one month, but how great would it be to get yourself ahead for some of that holiday cooking and cleaning that’ll be here before you know it?
You don’t need to spend much; you can even do it on less than $10 a week.
Read up on these 7 tips for building a couponing stockpile in 2019 for some inspiration.
9. Donate from the stockpile you already have.
If you’re a seasoned couponer, then chances are you have a nice stockpile already going. Use National Couponing Month to show off your skills and your generosity by donating what you might not use before it expires. You can also check with local charities to find out what they need and see if you have a surplus.
I love how my couponing habits have led me to a place where I can be more giving!
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10. Challenge yourself with a shopping trip for freebies.
If you know how to coupon, then you probably know there are quite a few things you can get for free using coupons.
If you are wondering how to start couponing, then consider trying to get at least one free item during National Couponing Month! It’s fun, it won’t take too much time, and it’s a great way to try a new product or start your stockpile.
11. Write to companies and ask for some coupons.
Fun fact: Companies want you to try their products, and lots of times they’ll even send you coupons to encourage it!
And if you’re wondering how to get coupons, then this is a great way to snag some that will likely be high value. If you need a place to start then check out these 16 companies that will send you free coupons!
12. Scroll through the KCL deals page before you head out.
If you don’t want a whole planning session, then consider checking the deal page before you head out for some shopping fun. We keep you in the know about the best deals with and without coupons.
Better yet, if you see a deal you’re interested in, we’ll tell you exactly what coupons to use and how to get them. You’ll be doing very little work and saving some money in the process!
You can also check out The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Couponing if that’s your thing!