The idea of couponing to be debt free stuck to me for the longest time and because of it, I was able to create a mini stockpile when we first moved into our home. The very first time I heard about couponing was from the TV show, Extreme Couponing. It was so addicting to watch that sometimes I just wished I could skip to the part where they’re at the cash register and the total price drops down to nearly zero. But couponing in Hawaii is totaling different from couponing on the mainland, but it still has its advantages here.
Couponing in Hawaii slowly started coming up and people would post it on Instagram. I never really paid much attention to it until my friend learned how to coupon and got addicted to it. Her addiction became apparent when she started a group and messaged all of her finds and hauls. She even started her own couponing page on Instagram. Her addiction slowly made its way to me and I got hooked. I started to slowly learn through her.
I asked her a lot of questions on how she started learning and I’ll share that with you below. Couponing is fun because you get that ‘high’ of getting something at either a good deal or for free.
When I first started learning, I couldn’t really do much. I shopped for the small items first such as toothbrushes, deodorants, and disposable razors. It was hard to go all out when we lived in a tiny bedroom and we were saving up for a house.
My reason to start this addiction was because I wanted to save money on the things that was needed on a daily basis. I didn’t want to pay full price and I rather have things for cheap, or better yet, free. That’s how the idea of couponing to be debt free just stuck with me.
Couponing to be debt free was my reason to get started
It really helped me save money, and I was able to create a little stock pile for the much needed essentials.
If you’re curious to try out couponing and couponing to be debt free, here’s what I suggest you could do.
Follow Couponing Blogs
I would suggest following couponing blogs. These blogs provide a lot of great value when it comes to learning if you’re just starting out. My favorite blog to go to is Freestufffinder.com. This site provides a lot of great content and current deals that you can either find in-store or online.
Another great blog to follow is thekrazycouponlady.com.
Both blogs provides great value, current deals, and the hottest coupons to print. They also provide a lot of good information for people who want to get started with couponing. Don’t forget to catch up on all the coupon lingo!
Follow others in the #couponingcommunity
Do you have an Instagram account? If you don’t have one, you can create one for free. Think of a catchy name because it’ll be your couponing Instagram page. Even if you don’t want to post anything, at least create a page so that you can see what is being posted in the #couponingcommunity and to network with other couponers in your area.
For example, I created a page just to follow couponers. My reason was, I didn’t want my personal account get mixed up with couponing and family posts. I wanted both separated so that it’s easier for me to see what’s going on.
To find friends in the couponing community on Instagram, I did a search for popular tags such as #hawaiicouponers. From there I would follow a few people, then I would see who they were following and I would follow them as well.
Start networking with them too, you’d be surprised at how helpful they are.
Have a printer handy
Having a printer is a MUST if you want to coupon. If you don’t have access to the Sunday papers, you can find some pretty good coupons on Coupons.com. I’ll explain more to you about that site below.
My printer is the HP Officejet 4630 e-All-in-One Printer. I bought a new printer specifically for couponing and it was about $60 at my local Best Buy. At the time of purchasing this printer, they were offering HP Instant Ink and I thought it was a good deal.
Visit HP Instant Ink for more information and see if your current printer is on their approved list.
My current plan is $2.99 a month for occasional printing and it’s so convenient because the ink (both color and black) will get automatically shipped to my home. In the long run, this service is cheap to have especially when ink itself could cost about $30 or so.
Install the coupons.com app
To print coupons from the website,coupons.com, you need to install the printing app onto your computer. This is the only way you can get those coupons. If you are printing from your smart phone or a tablet, then you will need to download the app. It’s pretty easy to use and straightforward when using these apps.
The only downfall to it is that when you see a really good coupon, you need to print it as soon as possible. You never know when that coupon will be NLA, or No Longer Available.
There are rules when it comes to using this site that a lot of people seem to be abusing now-a-days.
You can only print twice of the same coupon per device. If you have a laptop, tablet, cell phone, boyfriend’s cell phone, his work phone, work computer…well, you get the idea; then you can print the same coupon twice from each of those devices.
Just keep in mind that the numbers underneath the barcode need to be different. The cashiers have gotten very good at spotting the fakes because couponing has gained a ton of popularity in recent years.
When I say ‘fakes’ I mean couponers will go as far as copying the same coupon several times or even altering the coupon with different information. It is a fraudulent thing to do so let’s all be honest people here in this community.
Get started here and start clipping your coupons below.
Organize with a binder
I’m an occasional couponer so I don’t go all out as the folks you see on Extreme Couponing a big binder of coupons. I just have a small binder that has divider tabs in them. It’s not bulky and it’s the perfect size for me since I don’t carry a lot of coupons with me.
Get your local Sunday papers
When I first started couponing, I didn’t really have access to the Sunday paper unless I go and buy one at $1.75. So I asked my friends and family members for their coupons if they were willing to give them up (if they don’t coupon, most of the time they will give it up). If your company orders the Sunday papers, see if you can take the inserts from it.
Also, check your local library! They may have a bin full of newspapers.
You want to start small so you don’t overwhelm yourself.
My reason for couponing is simply put, living in Hawaii is expensive. Couponing is a way for me to save money on everyday items. Couponing to be debt free will always stick with me.
Look at my son for example, he sits on a throne of paper towels and toilet paper.
I’m still waiting for another deal like this to come around. My stockpile is slowly dwindling.
Now that you have the information to get started with couponing, I want to take you over to Money Journal and introduce you to a fellow couponer I was able to interview. There she shares her own experience with couponing and how she herself got started.
Want to know how to save even more money when you do your weekly grocery shopping?
When you learn how to coupon, you learn from couponers other ways to save money.
CHECKOUT51 – This site offers cash back offers on many different items that you shop for on a weekly basis. Definitely helps keep your grocery budget low but it’s even better when you can get cash back. They also have an app available to download to make planning for your next grocery shopping trip easier.
EBATES – If you like to do some online shopping, the next best cash back system is with Ebates. This system works by shopping online through Ebates and earn cash back on your purchases. You can receive your cash back in a check form or through PayPal.
Check out the Money Resource Page for more info on how you can make money and save money.
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