Getting the most from coupons
As a Sweep Tight reader, I know I don’t need to sell you on the value of coupons. You’re clearly a deal-hunter! But you may not be getting all you can from coupons. In fact, you may even sometimes spend more because of them! Following just a few tips can help you really cash in on coupons.
1. Don’t buy what you don’t really want. The reason people sometimes get seduced into spending more than they intend when they coupon shop is that they see a really great coupon, and they feel like it’s a deal they just can’t pass up – even though they don’t need or use the product. A really great deal on something you won’t use isn’t a deal. So, only save coupons for products you actually need or want.
2. Combine your savings. Anytime you can use a coupon for something you buy, you’re saving money. But if you can combine that coupon with a sale price, now you’re cookin’ with gas! So, check out your store’s sale circulars and see if there items where you can double up on the savings.
3. Watch for double coupon days. Many grocery stores offer double coupon days, when they’ll double the value of coupons, usually up to a certain amount. Ask your store if they host days like this, and if not, put in a request that they start. Also, check stores in the surrounding area. If a nearby store offers a double-coupon day, it may be worth a trip to the competitor for the extra savings.
4. Check your receipt. When you check out at the grocery store, check for two things on your receipt. First, make sure all the coupons you gave the cashier were actually applied. Sometimes a coupon won’t ring up properly or the cashier simply misses it. Second, look for Catalina coupons. Catalina coupons are coupons generated by the cash register based on the items you just bought. Before you even leave the store, you may already have coupons for your next trip on items the store already knows you buy.
With just these few suggestions, you can stretch your coupons and your food budget!
This guest post was written by Suzanne Staton, author of LaughingWallet.com, THE place for frugal living tips. Enjoy life for less, and get your wallet laughing!