(KFVS) - Whether you clip or print them out, coupons have dominated the American spending lifestyle since the late 1800s. The first coupon was issued in 1887 by Coca-Cola, according to www.grocery.com. In an effort to save money for consumers, the Promotion Marketing Association (PMA) Coupon Council has introduced September as the national month of clipping and saving.
From saving on groceries to cutting back on gas prices, consumers save billions of dollars each year by using coupons.
Coupons are readily available in the newspaper, coupon books, in magazines, on the internet, at the cash register and even in your mailbox.
Many stores even offer deals such as double and triple coupons. Schnucks in Cape Girardeau offers double coupons every day of the week and triple coupons as advertised. Websites like http://2x-3x.com lets you know where you can find these stores in your area.
Although traditional coupons are still popular, internet and mobile sites also make it easier for consumers to save without the hassle clipping. KFVS offers several ways to help people save money through the Coupon Bug and 91212 Deals. Sites like www.coupons.com, www.couponmom.com and www.groupon.com make it possible for members to save in almost every city of the country, from events and activities to food and drink.
The PMA encourages consumers be smart about couponing and follow these tips:
- Use a coupon binder system effectively.
- Pair coupons with already existing sales.
- Read the fine print.
- Forget brand loyalty.
- Buy items you use.
- Use coupons on the expensive items such as appliances, oil changes and diapers.
Just follow these tips and enjoy your couponing experience while watching your receipts grow and totals shrink this month.
To find out more about National Coupon Month, visit www.couponmonth.com.