Advice for New Coupon-ers

A couple weeks ago I asked my readers to respond to the following prompt Leave a comment with a specific do or don’t for someone new to couponing.”

This prompt which was part of my giveaway, generated quite a few responses that I’d like to share with you. I’ve shared a few of my favorites below. Feel free to add yours in the comments, and this time it doesn’t have to be limited to someone new the coupon-ing. Thanks to all those who participated in my giveaway.

What advice would you give to someone who is new to coupon-ing?

Colleen said…

I am new to using coupons but one thing I have learned quickly is to cut out a coupon if it is an item I use – even if it is something I only buy store brands of. Sometimes the name brands with a coupon and sale are as cheap or cheaper than generic.

tami said…

mmmmm new to couponing-start off separating into categories right off the bat! don’t let them pile up in a box “til you get enough to get serious” mmmmm how do i know that? lol

Vrabel 50 Fan said…

I love your blog, I have it in Google Reader as well! The thing I learned is that even if I think I wil never use a coupon, don’t throw it away!! When I was still new to couponing, I made that mistake and then it went on sale and I could have got it for free for a food pantry or shelter!! I was mad! LOL So, always keep your coupons even if you think you won’t use it!!

Anonymous said…

Ask friends and families for their coupons.

Anonymous said…


Couponing tip: Don’t get in the check out line untill you have all your coupons ready and organized. Boy have I made this mistake before and missed out on savings b/c i wasn’t ready.

Tonya said…

My tip would be to always use your lower value coupons at a store that doubles(if you have one near you).

Dawn Sodini said…

My tip is when attempting couponing do it with out the kids (ie. nap time). The 1st time I tried to connect coupons to ads it took about 2 hours.
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Mrs. Tara said…

I get your new updates via email. I am newer to couponing but some of the best I have received are by emailing companies that do not post or have many coupons. I have received GREAT coupons via mail from them thanking me for using their products.

Divamom said…

I noticed that here in Cowtown, Wal-Mart sells our newspaper as the double Sunday edition for $0.25 more than the regular Sunday paper. You get double coupons that way, which is great! Thanks for all the tips and the opportunity to win coupons! Luv ya!

Veronica said…

This is the first time to your site and i love it!!! Thanks for a great giveaway 🙂

Tasha said…

Always combine your coupons with rock bottom prices to make the most of your savings.

cdziuba said…

My best advice for a couponer is to stay organized at home and at the market by keeping everything in the right categories and alphabetical.

ladyt64 said…

Make sure to get an organizer for your coupons so you can categorize them and not have a bunch of loose coupons to go through to try and find the ones you need.

cherice said…

Don’t ever throw away a coupon! If your not sure if you will use it, wait there are many times when a sale or a CVS deals comes along and makes it free with your coupon! .

Anonymous said…

Something that I have learned about couponing is to cut every coupon, because sometimes it can be a money maker and that can go towards buying something else. Then, you could either give that item to a shelter if you don’t use it, or give it to a friend.

Chelsea said…

Try to find a local group or club for frugal moms and/or couponing in general. My area has a website for frugal mothers in my area and always has great tips on what is on sale in my city and what coupons I can use there.

site4teachers said…

DON‘T use a coupon unless you really need the product…otherwise you will be wasting some money!

Indubitably Mel said…

Even though I’m a newbie, my hint is to use shortcuts.com. You can load special coupons to your shopper’s card. These coupons will automatically be deducted when you check out. Plus, these coupons are in addition to manufacturer’s coupons–even more savings!

Pearlann66 said…

I am new to using coupons, so my advice to a fellow newbie is follow someone’s blog like yours because you have great ideas, that I would not have thought of myself!
thanks for the chance to win more coupons!!

Joy said…

A coupon-ing tip: There will be coupons thrown away from time to time ~~ don’t use a coupon just because the expiration date is coming up ~~ use them wisely when combining w/ sales and stacking. Happy savings!!

Carolyn said…

I have made the mistake since I am just starting out of not always having my coupons with me. Having to go to the store on the way home from work and having left my coupons on the table where I was working with them cost me some money.

thanks for sharing

noelswife said…

I am new to couponing.. But I have advice to other newbies.. find a coupon mentor :0) Talk to ladies who have been doing it and listen to them! Do as much online research as possible too!

Cindy said…

My advice to new coupon-ers is simply this:

Don’t buy things you don’t need, want, or actually use just because you have a coupon and/or a sale price.

Alice H said…

Also my tip for couponing – tell the cashier right at the start about the coupons you’re using. I hate having them not believe I bought the product and going back through my bags to prove that I did. That doesn’t happen if I give them the coupons right away.

Amy said…

Thanks for the bonus chance to win! My tip is to carefully keep track of all those “savings.” You can easily throw money out the window chasing all those “deals.” I keep track by blogging about my goodies (and then my husband reads them, so I also have accountability!).

loveprintx said…


I say DO be aware of expiration dates! It’s no good to let them get passed on.

Tamara B. said…

I always keep a small coupon organizer in my purse and I always check for stores that double my coupons.

Jen said…

Tip for couponing? Maximize the coupon value-look for stores that double coupons and then use those doubled coupons for things on sale-lots of times you can get items for pennies on the dollar, or even better-FREE!