Tip #5: Maximize Savings By Matching Coupons With Store Sales
And we also all know where all of the best places to find coupons are.
But when do we use those coupons? Do we just take the coupons to the store when we cut them out and buy the things that we have a coupon for?
As I’ve said in most (all?) of the previous Surviving The Stores Through Couponing posts… that’s what the manufacturers and marketers WANT you to do!
They WANT you to cut out a coupon, look at the picture, think “oh, that looks yummy” and then go buy it.
But most of the time, doing what they want you to do costs you MORE money.
For example, let’s take the following scenario…
Let’s say that the store brand of Frozen Veggies regularly costs 99¢ and the name brand regularly costs $2.
And let’s say that you find a 45¢ off 1 coupon for the name brand product in your Sunday paper.
That means that if you use the coupon on the regular price, you would end up paying $1.55 (or $1.10 if your store doubles coupons) which is STILL more than the store brand.
BUT, if you wait until those name-brand veggies go on sale for $1, THEN you can use your 45¢ off coupon to get them for 55¢ (or even 10¢ if your store doubles coupons).
A much better deal, right?
So, to repeat tip #5: KEEP your coupons until a sale comes around. DON’T use the coupon just because you have it (unless you were going to buy that exact product anyway).
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