Beginning the Coupon Journey

I wanted to highlight some of my favorite resources for beginning couponing.

First word of advice: Unless you have to coupon to avoid a financial crisis, master meal planning and your diet first. If you are struggling with meal planning, work on that to begin with. This will help you transition into using sales and coupons to influence your meal plans. But if you have no framework of how to manage your household meals, couponing will confuse and frustrate the process. Also, if you have ambitions of improving your family’s health through diet changes, work on that before you fully embrace couponing. It will be much harder to give up that junk food if you have a six-month stockpile that you don’t want to go to waste. Of course, if you just want to coupon household items and clothing and such, ignore my advice and plow forward!

As an introduction, I recommend Jill Cataldo’s Super-Couponing System. Just the video excerpts and clipless system instructions should be enough to get you started.

If you’re doing the clipless method, you’ll need to follow a couponing blog that publishes coupon deals for your store(s). My favorites are The Krazy Coupon Lady and Hip 2 Save.

Also, learn your store coupon policies. This will help save you some frustration and embarassment. As you begin to shop with coupons, you’ll get a feel for the stores and cashiers that are the most coupon-literate. Honestly, they can make or break your couponing experience.

Once you’ve gotten past your extreme couponing high, you’ll more likely settle down into a pattern like this: