Saving Money with Coupons Part 3: When to use your coupons
When to use your coupons
Just because you have a coupon does not mean you should buy an item. In fact if you buy items just because you have a coupon, you will end up spending more money on items you don’t really need, and are still over priced. The trick is to wait for the item to go on sale or clearance and then use the coupon. Be careful to watch the expiration date on the coupon.
Wait for a sale
Wait for items to come on sale then use the coupon along with the sale. Then buy several of that item, so you don’t need to buy it again till another sale comes along.
Buy one get one free sales
When a store has a buy one get one free sale, this is a great time to use your coupons. You can use 2 coupons. One for the item you are buying and one for the item you are getting for free. WHY, you need to remember that a coupon is like cash. The store IS getting paid for that product, by the Manufacturer. So the store gives you the second item for free, but they can turn in the coupon and get paid for that item they just gave you for free. If you have a Buy one get one free coupon you can get both free and just pay taxes this is only at certain stores like Walgreens and CVS.
Stacking your coupons
Stacking your coupons is when you are able to use 2 coupons for one item. You are able to do this when you use a in-store coupon (a coupon that the store prints, normally in the weekly ad. It will have the store logo on it) along with a MFR (manufacturer coupon). When you use the in-store coupon and the MFR coupon together this is called “stacking” your coupons. So watch for those in-store coupons, and see if you have a MFR coupon to go along with it. Target, Walgreens and Kroger are great for this.
A lot of company’s offer a mail in rebate for their items as part of a promotion to get you to try or buy their product. Many times this makes the item free after rebate.
Store match or double
Some stores do this every day or on certain dates like Kmart. They will match you coupon amount, which gives you the chance to get twice the amount of your coupon. Example- the store is selling an item for $1.00 and you have a coupon for $.50 off, The store then matches the price of the coupon giving another $.50 off, making my item FREE.
In the amazing world of couponing, it’s easy to get carried away with the great deals you find and end up buying too much of an item so shop smart.