Do you long for certain purchases, but can’t make them because the prices are too high? Well want no more. Coupons are your friend! Everyone knows about them, but not everyone is using them. Take the time to go over the following article to get more knowledge about effectively using coupons.
Coupons are most effective during BOGO sales, best known as buy one and get one free purchases. Besides getting the additional item free of charge, you’ll often get a significant reduction in the cost of the original item in question. Many times, you may pay less than one fourth the original price of the item.
Many places offer great coupons. Abundant coupons can be found in the Sunday newspaper. Many magazines, store flyers and even junk mailings contain coupons. In fact, many websites and apps make it easy to locate, download and print coupons that best fit your needs.
Use your coupons when the items are on sale to maximize your savings. To do so, you might have to store a coupon for awhile before using it. You may also need to go to multiple stores when shopping to see the savings that you want to see.
When shopping at the store with coupons, make a list. You should also keep your coupons ready so you can mark the items off your list and ensure you have the proper coupon as you shop. Know how many coupons you’re going to use before you enter the store.
Use the grocery stores’ competition to save money. Coupons from one store are probably usable at a competitor. When you take advantage of this, then you can prevent having to visit more than one store. Don’t do too much traveling because your savings will be negated by the cost of fuel.
Bring all the coupons you have when you shop, even for stuff you do not intend to buy. You don’t know if there is an in-store sale, and you might want to run out and bring the coupons in.
Make comparisons with store sales and the coupons that you find. Doing so will increase your savings. Most of the coupons you will see are good for three months; therefore, you can hold onto your coupons for awhile. Combining the two will maximize your savings.
Take the time to clip and print coupons. When you are trying to clip coupons to save on your grocery bill you have to put some time into it. Take it seriously, and schedule some time on your calendar for this task. Try to devote about thirty minutes to your couponing quest each day.
Many of the most successful couponers say they will “dumpster dive” for Sunday newspapers containing coupons. Dumpster diving does not mean wading through garbage, you can simply find the newspapers you need and pull them out. The number of people who toss out their papers without touching the coupons will amaze you!
Don’t purchase anything online until you do a coupon search. Use a search engine to search for coupons from the retailer you are shopping at. Any current deals will show up as codes you can use at checkout. The code could be for a percentage off your total purchase or for free shipping.
Make sure you find the best coupon available. Manufacturers and retailers often offer several coupons for the same item. There might be a coupon for a 10 percent discount, but also a 50 percent coupon. Do whatever makes the most sense to you, but keep both coupons in case you want to make two purchases.
In order to get the most out of all the coupons you clipped, you should go shopping every week. Even if it just means buying the weekly specials, you can save money if you shop every week. Many stores put out weekly specials and by taking advantage of these you can maximize your savings.
Try to shop at a place that will double your coupons. At a double coupon store, a 50 cent coupon would (for instance) count for a full dollar in savings on a particular product. This will be useful when you are buying non-food items. Look carefully at your coupons, as some will include the words “Do not double,” eliminating that option.
As you’ve seen, using coupons doesn’t have to be difficult. Use what you’ve just learned to get started. Just remember the advice you have read in this article. Or you can print the article for later reference. Keep track of everything you have saved by using coupons and throw it in your bank!