Last week, a certain TLC show about coupons aired.
And since then, I’ve seen an uptick in emails and questions on how to get started. Here are some of the questions and comments I’m getting.
“I know nothing about coupons.”
You came to the right place. Two years ago I knew nothing about how to use coupons, but found that with a little bit of know how and practice,the savings came quickly. My best advice would be to head to my Coupons 101 page and read through the Coupon Lessons posts I assembled. These are peppered with many images and take you from square one to coupon pro.
“Can you teach me to do this?”
If you learn best by hearing someone teach, check out my webcast page! These are 20-30 minute long recorded videos that cover topics related to couponing including stockpiling, where to find coupons, and shopping strategies.
“Do stores in this area take coupons?”
Yes, many stores do. Check out the sidebar of my blog for the store deals I cover weekly. I am blogging in the Seattle/Tacoma vicinity, so I do share many local deals.
“Are you a hoarder?”
Absolutely not. I do believe in stockpiling, which means I anticipate my family’s needs and buy items before we need them. We keep a full pantry and avoid paying full price for items wherever possible. But do I need 40 years of toilet paper or 60 bottles of mustard? Heck no. Hang out here long enough and you’ll learn the difference between proper stockpiling and a hoarding issue.
“Do you steal from stores?”
Absolutely not. Coupons are incentives manufacturers put out to choose their product. When used in accordance with store policies, coupons are an acceptable form of payment. I won’t tell you how to decode coupons, or suggest you use expired coupons (among many other deceitful practices). I pride myself on maintaining ethical coupon practices. You can trust that I’m working hard to ensure the deals I share here are ones you can feel good about doing.
“What’s on your blog?”
Besides finding you great deals and freebies, I spend a fair amount of time finding other ways to help save you money, discuss coupon-related topics, and otherwise amuse you. I usually update this blog several times a day. (Unless I want to take a day off, of course.) If you’re on Facebook, you’ll want to follow me there, too. I update my pals there whenever there’s a new post, plus I share tidbits and resources that never make it to the blog. It’s also a great way to get any quick questions you have answered.
“What’s your favorite dessert?”
I’m torn. I really love bread pudding (especially if it involves some sort of rum sauce), but there’s nothing like a well made creme brulee. It’s a tough call.
I hope that clears everything up. (If not, see my About page.)
Most of all, I welcome you to The Coupon Project. I’m so glad you found my site and glad to have you aboard. It’s a fun ship and I’m a nice captain, I promise.
(PS like this post and want more information? Please check out the post I wrote called Four Secrets of Couponing Success. In it, I explain how folks just like you get items for free and cheap using coupons.)
Photo credit Paul Szustka