Using a coupon for the first time can make a person nervous! It did me! I just started using coupons a couple of months ago.
How to use a coupon:
Clip coupon - This can be a printed coupon off of the internet or a clipped coupon from a newspaper.
Read coupon - Carefully read the fine print on the coupon to see EXACTLY what it is for. Example: It may show a box of original Cheerios but you may be allowed to purchase any box of Cheerios.
Check sale ads - If possible, look in sale ads to see if you have a coupon for anything that is on sale. This can save tons of money!
Keep coupons separate - As you are getting the items that you have coupons for, keep them separate from coupons that you aren't using.
Use coupons - After you put your items on the checkout counter and after the cashier has scanned all items, give her your coupons. If it makes you more comfortable, before she begins to scan items, let her know that you have coupons.
End transaction - The cashier will give you your after coupons total and you will pay as usual.
One coupon per item - You may not use more than one coupon per item. There may be an exception to this rule. If you have a store coupon and you have a manufacturers coupon you may be able to use both coupons for one item. Example: I have a coupon from the Meijer website for Cheerios and I have a Cheerios coupon from the newspaper, I can use both coupon on my box of Cheerios.
Do not copy coupons - Don't make copies of the coupons that you have. Copying coupons is illegal.
Coupons and sales: You can use coupons on sale and clearance items. Example: If you have a coupon for $1.00 off Crest Toothpaste and it is on clearance for $1.00 that item will be free. (I believe that you have to pay tax.) I did this at Meijer recently. I had a Meijer coupon for $1.50 off of 1 box of Meijer pads. I found a box of Meijer pads on clearance for $1.67 so I paid .17 cents for the box of pads. Oh happy day!
Shop sales early in the week so that the store doesn't run out of the items. If they do run out, you can ask for a rain check.
Now, go clip!!