Advanced Strategies for Couponing
Now that you’ve gotten comfortable clipping some coupons and know how to properly read and understand them, it is time to implement some advanced couponing strategies. Save even more money than you thought you ever could with these advanced couponing strategies.
Stacking coupons means using more than one coupon for an item. The easiest way to do this is by combining a manufacturer’s coupon with a store coupon for the same item. This will double your savings. You can also sometimes stack coupons onto sales or rebates. Not every store will allow you to stack coupons; you should read the store’s coupon policy as well as the fine print on the coupon to figure out the best way for you to use it.
Pick Up Papers When You Travel
Newspapers are one of the best places to find coupons. Sunday coupon inserts will vary from region to region and if you are traveling, pick up a paper to see all of the coupons in this new region. You will probably find deals that you won’t see where you are from.
Buy Extra Papers When the Coupons are Good
If you have found that coupons in this week’s newspaper are very helpful to you, you may consider buying an extra newspaper to get more coupons. The money you save from the coupons will likely be much more than the small expense of another newspaper. You can even find free coupon inserts at local cafes or restaurants from people who leave their old newspapers behind. You may also ask friends or families to save their coupon inserts for you.
Use Competitors’ Coupons
Many stores will accept coupons from their competitors. Find out which stores you go to that accept coupons from their competitors, then be on the lookout for these coupons. It may help to print out a copy of the store’s coupon policy and bring it with you shopping when you intend to use a competitor’s coupon. The cashier may not be as knowledgeable of the store’s coupon policy, and it will save you a headache if you can refer to it in the checkout line.
Combine Coupons with Clearance Items
Get even lower prices on clearance items by combining your coupons with clearance. Many places will allow you to use your coupons on clearance items. Be sure to have your coupons with you every time you go shopping in case you see something that you want and might have a coupon for.
Use Coupons for Trial Sized Items
While many coupons specify the size of the item that you must buy, some do not. You can use these coupons that do not specify the item size on travel size or trial size items and save even more money.
Double or Triple Your Coupons
Sometimes stores, especially grocery stores, will offer deals where they double or triple coupons. Do some research to see if a store around you offers this kind of a deal. If you find a store that will double your coupons, be on the lookout for that store’s coupons.
Add Coupons to Your Grocery Card
You can save a lot of money when grocery shopping if you use the right couponing strategies; alongside your paper coupons, you can add coupons to your grocery card for even more savings. While you can only use one coupon per item, you can use a manufacturer coupon with a rebate app. Adding coupons to your grocery card is one way to make sure you never miss another coupon.
Look for Coupons Everywhere
You never know where you’re going to find a good coupon, so keep your eyes open. Pick up newspapers you find leftover at diners and ask your friends and family if they have any coupon inserts that you can have.