Sure, if you’re an extreme couponer, you’ll save loads of money every month.
But if you don’t coupon because you don’t have the time or you think it seems like a pain, you’ve still got options!
Try out a few of these and let us know if you get the couponing fever!
1. Only clip newspaper coupons for products you actually use.
It’s a rookie mistake to clip Every. Single. Coupon.
Not only is it a huge time suck every week, but chances are — if you don’t already buy and use mouthwash, for example — you’re not gonna use it when you have six bottles of it.
2. Skip the awkward binder and use an accordion file folder for your coupons.
Since you’re not clipping every coupon, you don’t need a three-inch binder and baseball card sleeves.
(If you love this method, you do you! But for beginners, it can be overwhelming.)
Just get a simple envelope or an accordion file folder to keep it simple.
3. Buy newspapers at Dollar Tree.
This will do two things: Help you get your hands on newspapers only when you want them, and save trees. Some people care more about one than the other. I don’t judge.
One thing is certain: You definitely don’t need a newspaper subscription to coupon.
But if you start getting serious and you’re set on building a stockpile, you’ll probably want multiple copies of the Sunday paper where the coupons live.
4. Print mobile coupons from at least two phone numbers.
When you register with Coupons.com to print coupons, you’ll create an account based on your phone number.
If you know another person who is willing to sign up and print coupons for you, it’ll be easier to stock up on the best coupon deals.
5. Don’t print P&G coupons until the day you’re using them.
Over the years, P&G has tightened their couponing restrictions.
You can no longer print Tide coupons or Downy coupons and hang on to them for weeks and weeks, waiting for a sale. Instead, you need to wait for the sale and then print coupons — most P&G coupons will expire in 24 hours.
Trust me, I’ve already cried all the tears about this.
6. Use Ibotta to take a picture of every freaking receipt, or link store loyalty cards to the app.
Download the Ibotta app and use it the lazy way: Link your store loyalty card to the Ibotta app or check for offers on items you just bought at the store. Or the krazy way: Plan your shopping list around Ibotta offers.
You’ll save money both ways. Just snap a pic of your receipt with the app and cash out through PayPal once you’ve earned a minimum of $20.
7. And then take another picture of your receipt with Fetch Rewards.
Go ahead and double-dip Ibotta and Fetch Rewards!
Fetch is different because you can earn points by uploading a picture of your receipt and for buying certain featured products.
One thousand points are equivalent to $1, and you can cash out for gift cards once you earn 3,000 points (or $3).
8. Sign up for a Target RedCard and always save an extra 5%.
Target RedCard is linked to your bank account, so it’s just like using your VISA debit. Except that you get an automatic 5% taken off every Target purchase.
You can use it in addition to coupons or any other discount.
9. Sign up for store loyalty programs.
If you sign up for rewards programs at stores where you coupon, you’ll earn points that translate into dollars you can spend, or you’ll get immediate discounts — sometimes both.
10. Check for Circle offers when you’re couponing at Target.
Target’s Circle offers live inside the Target app.
You can find percent-off savings to combine with a sale and manufacturer coupons. Honestly, this is why Target is one of the best places to learn how to coupon.
Plus, when you’re a Circle member you’ll get an extra 1% back on your next Target purchase. Note that you won’t receive 1% back from Target Circle if you’re paying with a RedCard — it’s one or the other.
11. When you’re just starting, focus on deals for expensive items.
The logic here is that you’re bound to really see the savings on items like laundry detergent and diapers, and it’ll motivate you to keep saving.
Once you’re rocking those deals, start clipping or printing coupons for other items you use.
- Laundry detergent coupons
- Diaper coupons
- Paper towel coupons
- Toilet paper coupons
- Body wash coupons
- Razor coupons
- Shampoo coupons
12. Find the best Tide deals at Target.
Why? Because not only can you stack Circle offers with manufacturer coupons, but Target also runs periodic (about once or twice a month) gift card deals where you can get a $5 gift card when you spend a certain amount of money on Tide.
13. Find the best diaper deals at drugstores like Walgreens or Rite Aid.
Drugstores tend to have the best diaper deals, because you can stack a coupon with a sale and also earn or redeem your store loyalty points.
This adds up to crazy savings on Huggies and Pampers. Aim to pay $4 or less for Huggies Jumbo Packs and $5 or less for Pampers Jumbo Packs.
14. Find the best Bounty paper towel deals at CVS.
As with diaper deals, you can find stock-up-worthy paper towel deals at drugstores.
CVS stands out because we see Bounty deals frequently — on average about once a month.
15. Find the best Cottonelle toilet paper deals at Walgreens.
When it comes to toilet paper, people tend to be a little more brand-loyal, so you need to know where to find deals on the brand you like.
You can find Cottonelle at Walgreens, because they frequently offer the 12-pack on sale for $5.
When I stack a manufacturer coupon and an Ibotta offer, I can get it for under $4 ($0.02/sq. ft.) — which is a stock-up price.
16. Use coupons with grocery pickup at Kroger stores.
Kroger Grocery Pickup offers the first three orders free and after that, you’ll pay $4.95 per pickup.
But — and this is a big “but” — you can use manufacturer coupons and redeem Ibotta offers since Kroger gives a traditional receipt.
Grocery pickup is also available at Walmart (for free) and there’s a single Ibotta rebate for $3 back on your Grocery Pickup purchase. But you’ll get more coupon savings when you go the Kroger route.
17. Refer to the stock-up price and be snobby about “meh” deals.
When you’re starting out, avoid coupon burnout by only leaving your house for stock-up-worthy deals.
Use the KCL stock-up price sheet to know when to stock up.
18. Beg, steal and borrow coupons if you see a stock-up-worthy deal.
OK, don’t really steal! It’s just an expression, guys.
But if you see a killer deal on Tide and you need a few more coupons, just ask your friends or relatives to print a few coupons for you.
19. Go ahead and use self checkout (even with coupons!) at Target.
Attention introverts: You can coupon at the self checkout station!
Just be aware that your coupons will cause the register to beep, but the beep doesn’t mean you’re in trouble — it’s supposed to do that to let the cashier know you’re using coupons.
20. Always visit clearance sections at drugstores and grocery stores.
While this is more of a hit-or-miss tip, it’s worth swinging by the clearance shelf when you’re in Walgreens, Rite Aid or CVS, because you can find items for up to 75% off retail price.
Sometimes you can stack a coupon on top of a clearance item and get it for even less (or free)!
21. Use the KCL app and let us find deals for you.
I mean, why do the hard work yourself?
We have a whole team of couponers who are in the aisles of the most popular grocery stores and retailers every day, looking for the best deals they can match with current coupons.
Put us to work for you by setting deal alerts for the brands and products on your shopping list. Every time a hot price comes up, you’ll receive a push notification. To turn alerts on for a brand or product (like Nike or laundry detergent), go to “Notifications” in your KCL app settings, enable push notifications, and select all the brands you love — or simply opt in for alerts on a deal post.
Download the KCL app now — did we mention it’s 100% free?!
22. Trade in used electronics at Target and use the gift cards when you go to coupon.
You can get gift cards to use on your next couponing haul at Target when you trade in old electronics and devices like iPhones, gaming consoles, and tablets.
23. Pay with discounted gift cards to save an extra 4%.
Arm yourself with discounted gift cards for the stores you plan to shop, and you’ll save money on top of other coupons and discounts. And sure, 4% isn’t going to make a huge difference in one shopping trip, but it adds up.