Shopping with Coupons: A Beginner’s Guide to Saving

I have had the pleasure to speak to a few groups and share my experience with using coupons. As I have prepared for these discussions, I keep going back to the following question: What are the steps a beginner needs to take to begin this saving journey with coupons? Many of the things I share at Mommy Snacks may seem overwhelming for someone who is just starting this savings journey.

Because I firmly believe in taking baby steps in everything, I will be addressing each tip below in a separate snack. All of these tips are strategies I personally used and feel are truly valuable starting points if you are a beginner using coupons.

Here are my tips I will discuss on Shopping with Coupons: A Beginner's Guide to Saving:


  1. Set a budget
  2. Get some coupons
  3. Organize your coupons
  4. Focus on one store
  5. Plan your purchases
  6. Stockpile
  7. Learn to play drugstores

Regardless of what anyone says, couponing is not as easy as people claim it to be. It requires an education and understanding of all the factors you are playing with. My hope is that these tips above will prove to be a good starting point for any beginner using coupons.

Please stay tuned for each tip as I will elaborate and share more over the next few weeks!


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  1. katherine says:

    This sounds like a great series and very similar to the BeCentsAble workshops which always get rave reviews. I’m really interested to see what you have to say, and I definitely agree that it is overwhelming when you are a beginner couponer and you don’t know where to start.

  2. Andrea @ Mommy Snacks says:

    Kathrine – thanks for the comment! I have heard that BeCentsAble’s workshop is good too!

    One of the main questions I have been getting is how to start. So, I wanted to have an organized way to share information in small chunks for easier digestion :-)

  3. thank you! i so need the beginners course- it seems overwhelming at times. i appreciate all the time you put into this. you truly are a blessing! happy sunday.

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