Top 5 tips for smart couponing

Top Five Tips For Smart Couponing

(EyeOpener) -- Everyone knows you can save hundreds of dollars on trips to the store by just clipping some coupons. Allyn Hoang got to hang out with Couponing Expert April Bohlin to get tips and tricks that could help you get more organized and save even more money.

The first tip is to always be efficient when couponing. You can staple multiple copies of the same coupon in a row and cut once so you don't have to repeat it several times.

Secondly, to help you organize your trip to the store, buy a binder, fill it with baseball card slips and store your coupons that way for easy access. It will also help to arrange your binder with tabs to keep track of different categories of coupon.

Thirdly, only use coupons on products you actually need. Even though there is a great deal on a product you don't have to buy it. Also, check a store's policies concerning coupons. They are different for every store so print a copy of the store's policy and keep it in your binder.

Lastly, make sure you pay attention at checkout. You want every single coupon to scan and be deducted from your total.

For more great couponing tips keep up with April on her Facebook page!

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Top 5 tips for smart couponing

1. Clear your browser history

Some retailers might sneakily increase prices based on your browsing patterns and demand - so make sure to always clear your history and cookies before shopping! 

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2. Use an alternate email address

When you log in to a retailer's site with a new email address, retailers will often welcome you as a new customer with exciting new promotions and discounts. 

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3. Note price changes throughout the week

Another pro tip: Prices and deals can fluctuate based on the day of the week. For instance, if you're purchasing a flight, monitor prices for around a week to see if they take a dip on any particular day before purchasing. 

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4. Let items linger in your cart

Here's a hack: Add items to your cart, but let them sit for 24 hours before purchasing. The retailer might attempt to lure you back with additional discounts.

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5. Check out multiple sites

Do some research! Don't settle for the first price you see - poke around on a search engine and find the best deal. 

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6. Bargain with customer service

Use customer service to your advantage. If you ask (politely!) about an expired coupon, you'll often find yourself pleasantly surprised by an extension or new code! 

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7. Don't purchase impulsively

Try this shopping hack - don't buy that shiny, new toy right away. Step away for a few hours, and if you find yourself itching to go back and click 'purchase', then you know you won't regret your investment!

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8. Avoid shipping fees

Take advantage of free shipping! If you are a few dollars below the free shipping price point, add a low-cost filler item you need anyway (like socks!) and make the math work out in your favor. 

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