Start couponing to save money

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – A new consumer reports survey shows 83% of women admit to being bargain hunters. And you can save a few bucks by using coupons.

Super Couponer, Heather Lebischak says people never get started because they fear how much time it takes, “I usually spend about an hour to an hour and a half a week clipping coupons, and organizing coupons, and going through, and making my shopping list, that includes everything but actual shopping time, that’s about all I put into it and I save about $50 a bill each time I go to the grocery store.”

Here’s a few tips and tricks to help kick start your couponing.

You can find coupons in the newspaper, or online. and most manufacturers have them on their website. Familiarize yourself with the coupon policies of each business. Get over brand loyalty and get what’s on sale with a coupon. Remember generic is not always cheaper. Clip regularly and keep coupons organized. Lebischak uses a three-ring binder with baseball card holders. You should start with coupons–then develop your shopping list. Deployed military can use coupons six months past expiration date.

You can donate your expired coupons to military families online.

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