If you have a coupon for a product, you just take it to the store, buy the product and use the coupon. Seems simple enough. But, with a little planning and patience, you can really maximize the value of your coupons. I have a few tips to get you started.
1. Wait for a sale. You could just run out to the store and use all your coupons when you get them, but you will save a lot more if you wait until the product goes on sale.
Example: I printed a coupon for Hillshire Farms smoked sausage. If I had used the coupon right away, I would have got a package for around $3.39. Instead, I saved the coupon for a sale:
(2) Hillshire farm smoked sausages BOGO $4.49
– (1) .55/1 Hillshire farm smoked sausage coupon
= $1.70 each after doubled coupons
2. Use coupons under $1 value at a store that doubles coupons. Tops Markets and Wegmans will double coupons under $1. Up to 4 like coupons will double per transaction. As a result, a 75 cent coupon is worth up to $1.50 off at Tops Markets and Wegmans. If you can find a good sale, you can really score some pretty good deals with doubled coupons.
Example: If Wegmans has Pampers wipes on sale for $1.79 and there is a printable coupon for .75/1 Pampers wipes.
(1) Pampers Wipes 60ct $1.79
– (1) .75/1 Pampers Wipes ($1.50 off after doubles)
= 29 cents after doubled coupon!
4. Buy 1 Get 1 Free Coupons. Some stores will allow you to use a Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupon along with a Buy 1 Get 1 Free sale. In this case, you will get both items FREE. If you have a store BOGO coupon, you can also pair that with a manufacturer’s BOGO coupon to get both items FREE. Be sure to check the store coupon policy before you shop.
5. FREE Product Coupons. When you get a coupon for a FREE product, pair it with a Buy 1 Get 1 sale or drug store deal.
Example: I won a coupon for a FREE Mars Candy Bar from the Mars Candy Instant Win Game earlier this year. These were FREE after Extra Care Bucks at CVS so I made money on this deal:
(1) Snickers Peanut Butter Candy Bar .75
– (1) FREE Mars Candy Bar Coupon
= FREE, PLUS I received an Extra Care Buck coupon for 75 cents that I can use on a future purchase at CVS
In this scenario, you could also buy 2 and they would both be FREE (instead of a moneymaker). One FREE with the coupon and one FREE after Extra Care Bucks.
6. Tops Markets Dollar Doublers. When Tops Markets offers dollar doubler coupons, that is a great time to redeem your dollar value coupons since each $1 coupon will be worth $2 at Tops (maximum 4 coupons per transaction with $15 purchase). Some Wegmans stores will also accept Tops Dollar Doubler coupons! Call ahead to see if your store is participating.
7. Drug Store Deals: Drug stores are a great place to get cheap health and beauty care items. Many drug stores have special programs that offer a store coupon for use on a future purchase (CVS = Extra Care Bucks; Rite Aid = UP+ rewards; Walgreens = Register Rewards). When they offer a program like this, you can often turn it into a moneymaker if you have the right coupons.
Example: I received Crest Pro-Health Clinical coupons in the mail. I used the coupons at CVS when they were offering a $3 Extra Care Buck and I actually made money on the deal:
(1) Crest Pro-Health Clinical Mouthwash 473ml $5.49
– (1) $3/1 Crest Pro-Health Clinical Mouthwash Vocalpoint coupon
– (1) $1/1 Mouthwash CVS store coupon (Printed at the CVS coupon machine last week. I held onto it in hopes of a sale. Score!)
= $1.49 Out Of Pocket, PLUS I received a $3 Extra Care Buck to use on a future purchase at CVS
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I hope you enjoyed this session of Couponing 101.