You can learn to save more by properly using coupons. You just need to know where you can find the right coupons. Read below to get some coupon tips to trim your grocery bill.
Don’t purchase an item just because you have a coupon. It’s easy for people to spend more money shopping with coupons because they buy things they don’t need. Only use coupons for items you already purchase or products you’ve considered buying to prevent overspending. It may be a great deal that is staring you in the face, but if you do not use it, you’ve lost money.
I have a personal story to share with you. A long time ago when I began extreme couponing, I went a little overboard! I was basically buying 25-50 of anything that was really, really cheap (.25-30 cents) to completely free. One time I found a great deal on hair color. The hair color was something like three cents a box, after the coupon so I purchased approximately 80 boxes within a week. I was addicted to ‘that feeling’ of coming out of the store with a huge stock of stuff for near pennies! I stacked my new stash up on shelves and was admiring my haul when my husband walks in and says “Great! More Rogaine for pigs!” His remark kind of hurt my feelings and it must have shown on my face because he reassured me that he was so proud of how much I save our family, but he didn’t understand why we needed so my hair color. I told him, well someone might eventually need it, I mean seriously I had three grown daughters at the time. Then he pointed out that if it’s not something we use or need, then its a waste of time and money. Kind of like Rogaine for pigs.. pigs have no use for a product that restores hair, so buying Rogaine for pigs would be a waste of money. Point taken.
Use coupons as often as you possibly can. Using more coupons at once will help you to buy more stuff [stockpiling]. Buying in multiple quantities is a great way to stockpile on things you use most often. If there is an item you will use that is on sale, and you have several coupons for it, purchase as many as you can!
Let’s say you normally purchase Brand X Shampoo, that retails for $2.00 each. Let’s also assume Brand X Shampoo comes on sale and you also have a coupon for that same item, bringing the cost down to .50 cents each after sale and coupon. If you purchased 4 bottles you would be paying the same dollar amount for four times as much product. These four bottles will probably last you until the next time it comes on sale at which time you can do it all over again. Rinse, Repeat! (pun intended)
Buy 1 Get 1
Try using coupons when there are buy one get one free sales at your store. You’ll get one item free and save big on the other item by pairing it with a coupon. These types deals give you the most ‘bang for your buck’ because your purchasing one product and using a coupon on that item to get a discount, and then the store is GIVING you the 2nd item free!
This one can be a bit tricky. Not all stores ring up buy 1 get 1 free offers the same as others. Some ring the item up as $0.00, while others actually ring each item up at half cost. It all sounds a bit confusing, I know but it’s really not. The key is knowing how your particular store handles these types of deals, then you can group your coups accordingly.
Use your coupons together with in-store sales to maximize your savings. This type of deal is called ‘coupon-matchups’. This just means you are matching sales with current coupons. There are several excellent blogs online, dedicated to providing you this kind of information for free! One of my favorite blogs for coupon-matchups is momsneedtoknow.com
An example of what a coupon matchup looks like:
Maxwell House Coffee $5.99
-$5/1 SS 1/15/18
=.99 per pack (this would be a stockpile deal)
The $5/1 means $5 off the purchase of 1 package. The SS means SmartSource. This is an insert that comes in your newspaper or mail.
The numbers next to the SS in the example above is the date when that particular coupon came out in your newspaper.
Spend at least one day of your week gathering coupons and storing them in your coupon-wallet. One day a week doesn’t sound like much, but it will eventually add up until one day your coupon stock will outgrow your coupon wallet and you’ll need to move up to a coupon-box or possibly a coupon-binder! Search for coupon codes before ordering online. Use a search engine to search for “coupon retailer you are shopping at. Any special deals will be displayed in the form of coupon codes.
Talk to friends and family to help with your coupon gathering. Ask anyone who doesn’t use their Sunday coupons if they can save them for you to use. You can get free coupons by doing this. You can thank them for their generosity by giving them some of your extra goodies, obtained from using the coupons.
Check For Expired Coupons
Look at your coupon’s expiration dates that are on coupons you have. There are some coupons which have a very limited time to use. Others can last over a month. Make sure that you check weekly to see if you now have expired coupons. This technique will help ensure you save the most amount of money with your coupons without missing valuable opportunities to save.
Make a storage area, stockpile pantry in your home for all of the extra items you’ll be getting with your coupons. If something has been deeply discounted, you don’t want to be held back by a messy pantry or overflowing kitchen cabinets! Keep your space organized so you can increase your savings by making larger purchases.
Watch the cashier or check-out screen to make sure all of your coupons are scanning correctly. You want to make sure that every last one of your coupons correctly scans towards your total.
Ideally, you have a better understanding of the ways to use coupons most efficiently now. There is a lot to learn, but if you stick with it, you can succeed. Keep all of these tips in mind the next time you go shopping. You will notice substantial savings.