I had a conversation with a friend the other day and she asked why do I bother couponing. She wanted to know the point, coupons only save a few cents per coupon. Yes, some coupons are pretty low in value, but if you know how to stretch that small amount, you can save BIG!
1. Find out if your store doubles, or even triples coupons. Some stores like Harris Teeter will have specials where they will do a Triple coupons event and it is an excellent time to snag some awesome deals.
2. Match your coupons with a sale! This is the best way to maximize your coupons value. Check out the weekly coupon match ups to find out what you can get the best deals on that week.
3. Don’t just buy something because you have a coupon for it. If you need an item and have a coupon, but it isn’t on sale, price compair and ensure you are getting the best deal with the coupon. Don’t just buy that brand because it has a coupon. I.E. You have a coupon for $1/1 Post Cereal and the price is $3.99, you would pay $2.99 for that box of cereal, but if the store brand is only $1.99, wouldn’t you get a better deal with the store brand? Buy what you need to get you through until the next sale where you can stock up.
4. Stock up when items hit the lowest prices. If an item that you know you will use and need goes on sale and you can get it for pennies on the dollar or even free, stock up. Instead of buying just 1, buy enough to get you through until the next big sale, usually a 3 to 6 month supply. This prevents having to run out and buy an item that isn’t on sale or doesn’t have a coupon.