Ready for Lesson Three? Yesterday I asked you to pick up a Sunday paper for today's installment of my October Coupon Lessons. Did you do that? Great! And if not, you can still head out and pick one up. Or, just remember next week and come back to review.
First, the coupon inserts. They look like these.
Now I'm going to move right along and NOT talk about how I cut my coupons and organize them. I will get to that in another lesson. My goal here is to break this whole thing down into easily digest-able chunks.
So once you've found the inserts, set them aside for now.
Next, ads. The ads I like to look through are the drugstores, Albertsons, Safeway, and Target. This is just one way to learn about sales that are going on. It is another source of coupons – store coupons. How are these different from the coupons in the inserts? Simply put, store coupons are issued by STORES. Coupons in inserts are mainly issued by product MANUFACTURERS. When you redeem a manufacturer's coupon at a store, the store will then submit that coupon to the manufacturer for reimbursement. This is important to understand: manufacturers' coupons are a form of payment. The store does not take a loss when you use manufacturer's coupons!
Don't worry. I promise you, I will be explaining all this in more detail very soon. But for now, just know that there are store coupons and manufacturer's coupons and that you can often use them together for the same purchase, OK?
So what's next on the schedule? This week I'm going to delve a little deeper into different kinds of coupons and how to collect and organize them. Then we're going to start to put this together a bit and I'm going to be talking about how to find good deals to use your coupons on.