September is National Coupon Month, so now is a great time to try your hand at “Practical Couponing.” If you’re a newbie couponer, what’s the most important thing to master? In order to maximize your coupon savings, you’ll need to thoroughly educate yourself on the coupon policies for the stores at which you’ll be shopping. I suggest starting with one grocery store, one drugstore, and one national super-store (like Wal-Mart or Target) in your local area. Mastering these coupon policies can be tricky, so start slowly with no more than three stores. Once you feel confident that you’ve mastered those, start adding other stores.
Here are some important things to consider.
The most important thing to keep in mind when you first start couponing is to take it slow and be patient with yourself. If you try to do too much at once, you’ll end up confused and frustrated. Even the best couponers make a mistake and botch a deal sometimes! Learning the ins and outs of the various store policies takes time and practice, but it’s well worth it when you see your grocery bill steadily shrinking month after month.