Coups, coups, and some more coups. Because coupons are still cool! But extreme couponing? We’re not sure. You’ll hear a lot of funny stories throughout this episode so stay tuned as we talk about the complete beginner’s guide to modern couponing and the best couponing apps out there.
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Couponing 101: The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Couponing
There’s a lot that goes into using coupons. If you want to get started with couponing but aren’t sure about the steps to take, The Coupon Project shared a Couponing 101 where they talked about a solid overview of the basics.
What Jen + Jill have to say:
Even with couponing, Jill agrees that you need to figure out your why. Is it because you’re saving for something specific? Changes in income? Just don’t want to pay full price? Jill also likes the 2 rules in figuring out your why. First is you need to figure out what your family regularly needs and uses; and second is to find the sales and coupons on those items. Finding and organizing tangible and digital coupons are the next steps. Jill highlights that coupons are a marketing tool.
Jen adds the importance of understanding store sale cycles. Jen goes on to talk about how to use coupons by deciding your boundaries such as making a list & choosing one store. Jen also reminds us that some items never go on sale.
Best Couponing Apps of 2022
So where can we find these modern coupons if we don’t buy the Sunday paper? Investopedia listed the best coupon apps for 2022 while Jen and Jill talk about what they think about their top 4.
What Jen + Jill have to say:
Honey is great for automatic coupons and does well with Amazon. The article says you can only redeem gift cards but you can now get cash back (still can’t do that with Capital One Shopping). If you wanna try Honey, you can do so here. (No bonus, just a longer link LOL)
‘Tis the season for Rakuten. Rakuten is another favorite that Jen and Jill have been recommending since Day 1. Earn a $40 bonus after you make $40 in Qualifying Purchase(s) within 90 days of signing up here.
A time when couponing helped us in a way we didn’t expect
Jill was very quick with her answer. You all will probably recognize JoAnn fabrics, a place where you should never ever pay full price for anything. Jill found an inexpensive fabric that she got for 50% off with a coupon. Meanwhile, Jen was reminded of a time when she got a Bed Bath & Beyond 20% off coupon for everything she wanted.
Bill of The Week
Thank you Tamara for sharing your bill of the week about avoiding bills (because of fear they will be expensive). Then opening a store card bill where you learn you owe $1!!
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