Friday, 21 October 2011
How can coupons save me money?
1. Using coupons at the optimal times to get lowest prices or FREE
The trick to couponing is using your coupons at the optimal times to get the best value you can. A mistake many new couponers do is using your coupons when you get them instead of waiting for the item to go on sale unless you need the product anyways. When you use a coupon with an item that is on sale you get your best value. for example. Laundry detergent is on sale for $5.99 (usually $7.99) and you have a coupon for $3.00 off. You will get the detergent for $2.99 vs $7.99 you would normally pay. Thats a savings of $5.00 just by using your coupon at the right time!! This is also the way to get items for FREE.
2. Mail In Rebates
I often buy products that have a promotion on for a mail in rebate. You buy the item upfront and then send in the mail in rebate form with you address and receipt and they company will send you a rebate often time it will be the full amount of the item including the tax! A way to optimize you savings this way is to use a coupon at the same time. If a product is $10.99 and you have a coupon for $5.00, you pay $4.99. Send in the mail in rebate and since coupons are treated like cash the company will send you the full amount of $10.99. Not only will you get the product for FREE you are basically making money on that item! Just look online for mail in rebates and print off the forms.
3. Weekly Flyers
Every week I wait like a kid at Christmas time for my weekly flyers! I can't believe I actually use to throw them away! Now as soon as I get them I start going through them and circling the deals. If you use your flyers properly you can save a lot of money. You can use them to price match items from different store to get the lowest price without going to a bunch of stores. You can also match the items in the flyer to your coupons to have the best saving deals. Some of the weekly flyer also have coupons right on the for their stores. I do this process when buying groceries, clothing, toys and household items.