Monday, April 18, 2011

More Coupon Tips

Ok, last week, I explained some great tips on using your coupons, here are some more!

1. Wait For a Sale:
Just because you have a coupon, doesn't mean you have to use it right away! If you wait for a product to go on sale AND use a coupon, you will save even more. This is when you want to buy a few of the same product and stockpile so you won't run out and have to buy at full price.

2. Does Your Store Double:
I am lucky and live in an area that doubles coupons. A .50 coupon is doubled to $1. If your area doesn't double, it may be a bit more difficult to get some great deals, but it can be done. Check and see if your stores double on a particular day and shop that day.

3. Store Coupons and Manufacturer Coupons:
Some stores such as Target, Rite Aid, Walgreens, K-Mart will often put out STORE coupons. Did you know you can "stack" a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon for the same item? This is the only time you can use 2 coupons on one item. This doubles your saving at that store!
Store coupons can be found in ads, inserts, online, even on your phone! Make sure to take advantage of them.

4. Clearance:
Make sure to check the clearance section- you never know what you may find, and you can still use coupons on those items too! Keep your eyes open for discontinued item/tags too!

5. Trial Size:
Unless a coupon lists a particular size, or excludes trial sizes, make sure to use a coupon on the smallest size possible. Checking out the trial size can be a great place to grab some free items using coupons!

6. BOGO Sales:
When a store is having a BOGO (buy one, get one) sale, you can use 2 coupons!! Also,if you happen to have a BOGO free coupon, and there is a BOGO sale, you will get both products for free!!! What a deal! (Some states still have you pay sales tax due).

7. Rebates: Rebates are a great way to try a product and sometimes even make money on them! You will often see rebates in the Sunday inserts, a peelie on the product, or tearpads. When you find a rebate, see if you can find a coupon for the product to go along with it. In most cases, when you circle the item on your receipt with the purchase price you will get the original full purchase price back. So, if you used a coupon you will actually MAKE money on the deal!

8. Store Rebate Programs:
Stores like Rite Aid have a SCR-single check rebate program. You can qualify for a rebate from the SCR, as it is submitted online, and you can then submit for a rebate from the manufacturer if they also have a rebate available.

9. Save You Receipts:
You may find out a about a rebate after it has begun and may have already bought the product! If you still have the receipt, you just need to submit and wait for the check to come in the mail!

10. Competitor Coupons:
Many stores will accept competitor coupons- make sure to ask!
Craft stores such as Joann's, AC Moore, and Michael's will take each others coupons. Staples, Office Depot and Office Max will do the same. Jiffy Lube will take other coupons, and so will Pep Boys. Never be afraid to ask at the store if they take others coupons- in this economy,everyone is vying for your business. You just may be surprised at the coupons your local stores will take.

10. Asking: Never be afraid to ask if that is the best price you can get. Now, this won't work at grocery stores/drugstores, unless you find a damaged item. At department stores, ask if they have any coupons you aren't aware of. Ask if they price match other stores, with out needing an ad. Ask, ask, ask! The worst they can say is no, the Best they can say is yes, and you save money!!!

As always- feel free to contact me if you have ANY questions! I am happy to help!

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