RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you ever wanted to be one of those shoppers who saves a ton of money couponing, look no further. You know using coupons can save you money, but what you may not know is how to get started.
"I've been couponing since I was in preschool," says super saver Tiffany Cutts.
A lifetime of learning makes Cutts one of the smartest shoppers in our area. Every day, she shares her expertise on her blog, Frugal In Virginia, but now she's offering a free class where she's going to teach you every aspect of couponing.
"You want to find coupons first. Check out the newspaper that's where most of them come from, online, there are so many online now," said Cutts.
Then comes organization and the choice of stores.
"Knowing what those policies are, it will help those people decide what grocery store is right for them," said Cutts.
She lays out the best way to use coupons at each. She breaks down how to save at warehouse clubs and drug stores, plus the apps you could be using to put cash back in your pocket.
"Ibotta, Saving Star, those are my favorites to use," said Cutts.
Tiffany dispels the myths. Certain TV shows have exaggerated coupon transactions.
"Don't expect to get $2,000 worth of groceries for a penny. You don't need 100 things of ketchup," said Cutts.
Which is why she explains sales cycles that run every four to six weeks. She's got a list of her price points - the lowest amount you can pay for an item, plus where and when you'll find these deals.
"If I see boneless chicken for $1.99 a pound, I know that's my stock up price. I would never pay $4 a pound for it," said Cutts.
That information can help you start your stockpile so you never run out of anything and know that you got it for the cheapest price possible.
"It takes a little time to figure out everything, but once you figure it out, it can be second nature to you to save that money," said Cutts.
Tiffany's free coupon class is next Wednesday, August 3 at the Tuckahoe library. It starts at 6 p.m. and space is limited.
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