Cara Harrington’s newly released book, ‘Confessions of a Couponer: Real Ways to Save Money‘ is getting amazing 5-star reviews and providing a fresh look at couponing. The book, currently available on Amazon, sheds light on the reality of couponing and saving money beyond the grocery store. Harrington covers everything from Black Friday sales tactics, the downside of shopping at membership-only retail warehouse clubs, when to buy items at their cheapest, and how to save money without clipping coupons.
In an interview with the author, Cara explained that she wanted to create a book that is honest and real.
“There are those “extreme” couponing shows that give people views of grandeur that, in most people’s reality, just aren’t feasible. In my first “confession”, I made sure to address that. It is possible to achieve those amazing savings, but it takes so much time it becomes a full-time job. Most people I have worked with and taught, expect to walk out with a loaded cart of groceries for $5 right away and not have to shop again for weeks. It can be done, but there is a reality check when you start, and most people give up. I highly encourage everyone to stick with it.”
To celebrate the launch of the book, here are ‘Confessions of a Couponer: Real Ways to Save Money’ – 5 Couponing Tips from Cara Harrington…
1. Make sure you are following your favorite retailers on Facebook and/or Twitter. They often reward their loyal guests with freebies and incentives.
2. Know your standard price-points. Sometimes, retailers will shave a few cents off an item and call it a sale. Instead, wait to stock up on items you know are at bargain prices.
3. Don’t turn away a coupon. You never know when you might be able to trade it in a Coupon Swap Group or use it to score free products you can donate to charity.
4. Make sure you print your coupons at home, your printer is set to black and white only. Don’t waste your pricey colored ink. As long as the barcode scans (and fits the retailer’s coupon policy), it doesn’t have to be in color.
5. Separate transactions when you get register rewards or gift cards for meeting purchase requirements. Buy only the items you need to score the reward/gift card, then use it to pay for the rest of the items you bought.