Jacky from Joyful Savings is guest posting for me today. She has an amazing blog all about saving time and money. Her site also has a ton of printable coupons, make sure to check them out once you learn all her fabulous tips.
Having a nice pile of coupons on your way to the grocery store is a great way to start your couponing experience, but don’t stop there. With a little extra organization, effort, and tips, you can maximize the value of your coupons!
Here are some Fantastic Tips!
- BUY TO STOCK UP – One of the best ways to save big in grocery shopping is to buy items when you have a coupon, rather than when you need them. If it’s a great coupon don’t pass it, use it, even if you don’t need the item right away, and stock up on non-perishable items. Letting the coupon expire is like throwing cash in the garbage can!
- LOOK FOR SPECIALS – There’s nothing better than buying an item that is on sale, and having a coupon on top of it. Check your local grocery stores weekly ads to find the items that are on sale, and buy at the store that is offering the best sale on the item you have coupons for. Most of the grocery insert their weekly ad in the local newspaper, and if you don’t have a subscription, check their website, many of them publish their specials online. If you do not like the idea of going to different stores to buy different items . . .
- BRING COMPETITORS COUPONS OR ADS — Did you know that many grocery stores match competitors’ prices? Most of the major grocery stores, including Walmart, will match competitors’ in-store coupons, and/or advertised prices as long as you are buying the exact same item.
- GET A RAIN CHECK – If the store is out of stock on the item on sale you want, you are entitled to receive a rain check to buy the item later on. Most stores will honor this policy, and some will even accept the expired coupon later on to use it with the rain check. Just ask the manager. Even if the coupon is not accepted later on, you’ll still get to buy the item at the sale price.
- GET YOUR COUPONS DOUBLED – Many stores offer coupon-doubling, some, even triple on certain days of the week. All you have to do is call the grocery store to find out the day of the week they do it.
- BE FLEXIBLE – Sometimes you’ll find a coupon for a brand that you don’t normally buy. First check if the discount is worthy to buy that other brand, and if it is, use it!
- ALWAYS DO YOUR MATH – When it comes to groceries, in most occasions, buying the bigger-sized item saves you the most. However, the smaller size could be a better deal when you have a high-value coupon that requires the purchase of 2 items and/or the smaller item is highly discounted. Again always do your math! Always compare the price on a per-unit or ounce basis after the coupon deduction, and if it’s a better deal, buy the smaller item!!!
- LOOK FOR IN-STORE COUPONS – Many stores offer in-store coupons that you can be combined with the manufacturer coupon.
- MANUFACTURER COUPONS AT THE STORE — It is not too often you see it, but in occasions manufacturers display their discount coupons right at the store, in front of the item. When you see these coupons, be smart! If it is an item that you know you buy all the time, take extra coupons to apply to your future purchases, but make sure you take in consideration the expiration date of the coupons.
- DOLLAR STORES? – Believe it or not, some dollar stores, like Dollar Tree, accept manufacturer coupons! So go ahead, you could pay just cents for an item, or if you are in luck, you might end up with a free item!
- BULK IS NOT ALWAYS BEST — Unless you are buying bulk just because of the convenience of less trips to the store, do not assume that by buying bulk at places like Sams, you’re automatically getting a better price. Break the price down to individual units, to make sure it is a good deal. I have made this calculation at places like Sams, and in many, many occasions the price is almost the same, and believe it or not, in some occasions more, thus not worthy to buy bulk. If you really prefer to buy bigger amounts of certain items, (good examples are toilet paper, and paper towel), you’d be better off printing a good coupon twice, and buying two pages of 12, rather than 1 of 6 at your regular store, because most of the these places do not accept coupons.
- GET MORE THAN 1 COUPON – Most of the stores allow more than 1 “like” coupon. Here at JoyfulSavings.com [you can print] most of the coupons twice. If you get your coupons from the Sunday newspaper, get more than 1 subscription or buy more than 1 copy on the day the coupons are inserted.
- USE REWARDS PROGRAMS — Why not? Many grocery stores offer rewards/loyalty programs that are free to join. Some store also offer small discounts for customers that bring their own reusable shopping bags. So always be on the know about the benefits your local grocer offers.
- CARRY THEM WITH YOU – Treat your coupons as cash, and carry them with you all the time. No matter how organized we try to be, sometimes we have to make unplanned trips to the grocery store. I hate when I have to stop to buy an item for which I know I a have a great coupon for, but don’t have it with me.
- GET ORGANIZED – Last but not least, get your coupons organized by category, and if you have several coupons for the same item (even it is for different brands), sort them by expiration day. You can be as simple or as fancy as you want, but this will help you be faster in finding your coupons, and avoid having them expired before you get to use them.
Some of these tips can work together, as well as with some ideas of your own. Always be on-the-know, and be creative. Bottom line is so save the most you can through couponing!
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