Tips & Tricks
In the third post of my coupon series, I am going to let you guys in on a few tips and tricks that are good to remember while couponing. So, in no particular order, here you go!
- When you print coupons off websites, you are usually allowed to print 2 copies. Sometimes you can just hit the back button after the first coupon prints and click Yes to the “resend form” message. If you have more than one computer, you can print 2 copies per computer!
- Use Facebook if you have it. You can get some good coupons and freebies from manufacturers who have facebook pages.
- Sales cycles usually run every 6 weeks, so when you stock up, get enough to last 6 weeks.
- Get familiar with each store’s coupon policy. Print out a copy for each store you shop at and keep it with you if you want. It can be helpful to have it to refer to during checkout if questions arise.
- Rain Checks are very helpful when a store is out of a sale item you need to stock up on. When you get to the register just tell them they were out and ask for a rain check. The terms may differ by store, but make sure your coupons don’t expire before you can use the rain check!
- You may end up spending more time preparing for shopping trips while you’re learning, but as you get better, take steps to reduce the time you spend couponing. Here are some ideas on how to do that.
- Request free samples of products when you can. Not only will you get something for free, but they usually include very nice coupons with the sample.
- Be careful with e-coupons like the ones on Kroger’s website. Because these load on your card, they are applied before paper coupons, you can no longer stack then with paper coupons and they do not double. So a $.50 off e-coupon is worth $.50 while a $.50 off paper coupon would be worth $1. So be careful about loading them on your card. I personally am not going to use e-coupons any more until I first get the hang of paper coupons.
So that’s what I’ve got for now. If you guys come have more tips, put them in the comments below, and have fun saving!