I am going to start posting more coupon tips to help those that are just starting out, or getting back into couponing, or just need a refresher!
You can see all of the coupon tips we posted by going HERE!
Now that you know the basics of coupons, when is the best time to use it?
People always tell me the items there are coupons for are more expensive anyway, even with the coupon. Usually, they are at regular price. You aren’t going to use that coupon on regular price items.
You are a savvy shopper who is going to combine the coupon with a store sale, store promotion, mail in rebate, and other offers to maximize that coupon to its fullest extent.
Free Product Coupons
For example, I recently had a coupon for the full value of an item. Some may call these a free product coupon. It didn’t expire until the end of next year but I was itching to use it. I knew if I held onto this free product coupon, I would most likely be able to combine this with a Extra Care, Register Reward, or +UP Reward offer. Of course, one of these deals came along and I was able to even maximize a free product coupon!
Is your coupon about to expire? You may be tempted to use that coupon just because it expires today. However, when it expires, usually there is another coupon that comes along for the same item. Unless it is a free coupon or a coupon that makes an item very cheap, don’t use it because it is about to expire.
Rock Bottom Prices
Use your coupon when the sale price is the lowest possible price. One way to do this is to track your top 30 items in a spreadsheet or notebook. While you can find many spreadsheets on coupon blogs of rock bottom prices, keep in mind those blogs are in different regions than you. They will have different stores, different value coupons, etc. So it is a good idea to keep a spreadsheet for yourself. I will never pay for toothpaste, toothbrushes, and many other toiletry items by keeping track of the deals I can get in my area.
Use your coupons at stores that will double the value of the coupon to maximize the value of your coupons. Check your store for details but many grocery stores will double coupons! Stores such as Kroger and Meijer double in this area!
Many stores will allow “stacking”. This is the coupon terminology used to describe using a manufacturer’s coupon with a store coupon. This allows for a deeper discount on a product. You can tell if your coupon is a manufacturer or a store coupon by looking at the top of the coupon. Stores like CVS, Walgreens, Target, and many others allow this type of couponing!
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