First, let me start by saying that this post is a recap my first experience in a coupon class for beginners. I am not a coupon diva, coupon maverick, or coupon goddess, and I actually don’t really like to go shopping. So, when my good friend @couponanalyst told me she would be teaching a class today at a women’s conference I only signed up to help her out as a “teacher’s assistant”. I surprised myself when I started taking notes along with the other women about different ways I too could walk out of store and pay next to nothing on products I grudgingly buy but need, like contact solution for instance. Here is a quick sample of some tidbits from the class I thought I would share with you.
- Do not photocopy a coupon. It’s considered coupon fraud and you can go to jail for it.
- To get a great deal you can do something called stacking. Stacking is when you get a product on sale and combine it with a manufacturer’s coupon and a store coupon.
- Unlike what is displayed on shows like extreme couponing, (I have never watched the show and I probably never will) you can’t use more the 1 store coupon and 1 manufacturer’s coupon per product. Also, many super couponers don’t actually condone the practices displayed on that tv show, they think it’s inconsiderate of other shoppers.
- Manufacturers actually make money off of the coupons they put out there so, the old principle of it takes money to make money still applies; consumers are not hurting their businesses by using the coupons.
- It is true that you can go shopping and legally walk out of the store paying absolutely nothing for your purchases.
The class was much more informative than this short post. I was very impressed (again I am someone who generally does not like to shop), and have even considered using the nice coupon file (for a “coupon infant”) I was given for volunteering. If you are interested in couponing, coupon classes, and saving money in general, I recommend you check out couponanalyst.com
Until next time………