For part three of our coupon series, Black Enterprise got some great savings tips from Sami Cone, Savings.com DealPro and founder of SamiCone.com.
Black Enterprise: How did you become a couponer?
Sami Cone: When I was pregnant with our second child, we found ourselves in one of the most difficult economic situations of our lives. After trying to sell our house unsuccessfully, I found myself unemployed and having to sell our car just to make ends meet. It was a unique experience that taught us to reevaluate our priorities and our budget. We learned what was really important and we saw firsthand Godâ€™s faithful hand of provision.
BE: What inspired you to start your website, SamiCone.com?
Cone: I began blogging to encourage others to live their dream life and pursue their passions. Iâ€™ve taken my thriftiness to a new level. With a plethora of free family activities and a community of money-saving moms by my side, Iâ€™m committed to sharing all Iâ€™ve learned and continue to discover about lifeâ€™s fun and free opportunities. I’m constantly reading and learning from others so I can pass that knowledge on.
BE: What are three of your best couponing tips?
Cone: 1. Develop a personal system for keeping track of coupons. If you don’t remember where your coupons are, you can’t use them.
2. Always search for a coupon code before buying online. Websites likeÂ Savings.com are a great ‘one-stop-shop’ where you can find discounts and free shipping.
3. Know the store’s coupon policies. Shop where you can maximize your coupons through doubling, stacking, and store rewards.
BE: What advice would you give on how to save more money?
Cone: You’ll never know how much you can save until you realize how much you’re spending! If you’re not keeping track of what you spend and where you spend it, either through a paper budget or an app, start today! Also, don’t give up what you love, just find the best time to experience it. For example, travel during the off-season, eat out during lunchtime instead of dinner, and always look for special savings opportunities.
Black Enterprise: How can our readers find out more about couponing?
Cone: My blog, SamiCone.com is a great place to start. Consumers can also visit www.savings.com/blog. Anyone can listen to my daily savings tips on the nationally syndicated radio show Family Friendly Mornings with Doug and Jaci Velasquez. I also teach couponing classes in my local area in Nashville, Tennessee.