Using coupons can shave dollars off your grocery and household expenses. The trick to using coupons is to pair them with sales to get the best prices. Coupons are more popular than ever and can be found in many places.
- Where To Find Coupons
The Sunday paper normally has two or three coupon inserts every week but coupons can also be found in magazines and the internet. Many companies will email coupons on a regular basis when you sign up on their website. There are also internet forums on couponing which give invaluable tips. Coupon clipping services are also available and will mail you coupons for a small handling fee.
- Know The Coupon Policies
Every store has their own policy when it comes to coupons. Some stores limit the number of like coupons, (for example: only being able to use 4 coupons on 4 tubes of toothpaste of the same brand), some stores let you stack their store coupons with manufacturer’s coupons for even bigger savings. There are drugstores that give you coupons when you buy certain products and these coupons can be used on your next purchase at that store.
- Using Coupons Wisely
Check your area and see if any local stores will double coupons. This is a great way to save money. If the store has cookie mix on sale for a dollar and you have a coupon for .40, when it is doubled, the cookie mix will only cost .20 plus tax.
Check the Sunday ads to match your coupons with the sales. Manufacturers often issue coupons to match the store sales. Make a list of items and coupons before you go shopping. Sales often run in cycles about every three months so try to have a stockpile that will last you until the next sale. Once you begin couponing, you start to see the cycles and have a better idea of when products go on sale.
- Track Your Savings
To get an idea of how much money you are saving with coupons, keep your receipts for a month and total up the dollar amount of coupons you have used during the month. You might be pleasantly surprised by the amount!