Collecting coupons or vouchers will allow you to purchase your shopping at a reduced price. Set aside some time each week to clip and organise coupons, and soon you will have enough of them to save several pounds on your weekly shopping bill. You might not get thousands of pounds worth of free food and household goods, but you will be able to use vouchers to stay within your planned monthly budget.
Subscribe to your local newspaper or purchase the Sunday edition each week. You can find valuable coupon inserts in your Sunday paper. Also, supermarkets sometimes have in-store magazines which usually have coupons inside. You can use supermarket coupons along with manufacturer vouchers to save even more.
Register for shopper's savings cards at your favourite shops. Some retailers allow you to load electronic coupons to your shopper's card for their website.
Visit your favourite shop's website to find printable coupons. Additionally, "Liking" company Facebook pages and signing up to newsletters can also net you additional vouchers or discounts.
Visit coupon websites to find printable vouchers. Some sites to visit include Money, Money Supermarket, Free Stuff and Money Saving Expert. Bookmark these sites as favourites on your computer so that you can easily revisit them often.
Organise your vouchers by dividing them into logical categories such as breakfast foods, frozen foods and dairy foods. Use envelopes, an accordion file or a binder with translucent, plastic trading card protectors to store coupons. Always take your vouchers with you when you go on a shopping trip.
Use vouchers when items are on sale, if possible. Stack supermarket and manufacturer coupons together to save more money.
Familiarise yourself with your local shop's coupon policies. Some double coupons that are less than a specified amount, which leads to even more savings.
Avoid using coupons for things you wouldn't ordinarily buy just because you have a coupon. Doing so will actually increase your spending.
Things you need
- Coupon organiser
- Newspaper subscription
- In-store magazines