. coupon faqs .

Hello! :)
Some of you are stopping here because you are hoping to start couponing, have some questions about using your coupons ... or just here to look at my weekly hauls to see what you can save on.
I don't really want to have a long introduction so lets get started!

CVS Store Guide

Target Store Guide


Why should I coupon?
To save money, and give yourself a financial and emotional boost in life.

Where do you get your coupons?

I get my coupons from the Sunday paper -- Orange County Register, or online!

Where do you find online coupons if I don't want to subscribe to the newspaper?
www.coupons.com
Target Web Coupons

Coupons.com is my favorite! They have up to 400 coupons available for printing. AND if you didn't know most websites will allow you to print each coupon twice. On Coupons.com, once you have printed a coupon twice it will appear on the last page of the website and have a “PRINT LIMIT REACHED” notice on the coupon.

New coupons are available at the beginning of each month. Some will expire one month after printing.

SAVE SAVE SAVE: Print your coupons on the back of scratch paper. Coupons print 3 per page :) Put those scratch paper to use!

Facebook is also another fabulous place to find coupons!
Search your favorite companies or products and there is a good chance you will find coupons on their page. Before you can get a coupon on Facebook you usually have to "Like" the company offering the coupon.

Sunday Newspaper Insert Abbreviations:
PG = Procter and Gamble
RP = Red Plum
SS = SmartSource

How do you find your deals?
Through email - I have an email for freebies. I also post deals from other bloggers (of course I would credit them), and if I'm lucky, I find my own deals through web search.

How exactly do you stack coupons?
Some of the coupons you find online or in the paper are manufacturer's coupons. Some stores (ie: CVS, Target, Walgreens...etc) offer their own coupons, which can be stacked with a manufacturer's coupon (it will say on top of the coupon if it is a STORE coupon or MANUFACTURERS).

For Example:
2-pack Old Spice Body Wash $3.40
You have a Target coupon for $1 off Old Spice BW.
You also have a Manufactures coupon for $1 off Old Spice BW.
Stack the coupons and your total would be: $1.40, or $0.70 each

Where do you find the plastic holders for your coupons?
The ones I have now... it used to hold my Pokemon cards. My mom had bought them for me at a local Comic book store and Toys R Us. I have seen them at Target (in the baseball cards section near the cash registers), Staples, and Amazon :)

First time couponing... how would I plan my trip?!
* Pick one or two stores; learn as much as you can about the store(s).
* Join the store’s savings card program, if available.
* Access the store’s weekly ad circular online or in-store.
* Find out about the store’s rain-check policy and senior or military discount program, if applicable to your situation.
* Get a copy of the store layout from customer service or make your own aisle-by-aisle map of the store – very helpful and a huge time-saver when you are organizing your coupons and making your shopping list.
* Know the store’s coupon policy, if available, and keep a copy with you.

How often do you update your website?
I try to update as often as I can... usually after 6 pm (after my work/dinner). I may not update as often as other websites, but I don't re-post the same freebies.

Extreme Couponer? :)
Nahh, I don't consider myself an Extreme Couponer. It would frustrate me if I had to spend 2 weeks planning out my grocery trip. I spend an average of 20 minutes, at most, planning out my trip. Also I don't need 50 bottles of mustard, psh.

I DO get frustrated with couponing - especially during checkout.
Click HERE to read my article on how to deal with those "Huffers".

Ask yourself these questions before clipping a coupon: Will my family use the product? Even if I snag it for free, will it get used? Can it be donated? Don’t save the coupon if you answer NO to all these questions.

How do I know at what price point to purchase an item?
This is a great but tough question to answer because there are so many variables, including the region of the country, the availability of an off-brand or coupon for the item, and the size of the item.

For answers to this question and others, check out this post: When to Buy Groceries

Help me start couponing, please!
* Have a folder for your coupons, and organize it by category. It would definitely help you find your coupons alot quicker. Also, some cashiers do not know their own store coupon policy, so I recommend printing out store coupon policies for each store you shop at. If you run into any problems with coupons, just show them.

* Check my website daily for great deals!

* Always print coupons when they become available. Some companies have a certain limit of coupons available before it's gone!

* If you have multiple computers, I recommend printing out coupons from all! If the deal is great, might as well stock up! You are allowed to print out the same coupon twice from each computer.

* Don't stress when it comes to coupons. I still get overwhelmed with all the coupons I have, but in the end, I'm happy with the results I see on my receipt :)

If you have any questions that need answers, please email them to
 thesavingasian {at} gmail.com

Take baby steps, be positive, and remember: Every coupon you use is money you save! :)