Making the most of coupon cuttings isn’t just a game of luck, it’s art. But there are some simple things you can practice to save big in the long term.
Here are some of our best tips.
One of the smartest things you can do is bookmark your store’s policy just in case you need to refer to it or you have an issue.
There are several apps out there that have fresh offers daily, weekly, and even monthly. Browse through and compare offers on various apps before ticking things off your shopping list.
Printable coupons for the win
To stock up on a product at the lowest price, you need more than two of the same coupon. Since most sites only let you print a coupon twice per number, pick up a few copies of Sunday newspapers and clip coupons instead.
Timing is everything
You don’t need to be a hoarder to know that stocking certain products is necessary to make the most of the coupons. Buy enough to last you a few months if you can so you won’t have to pay full price well after the offers are over. Yes, having a stash of household essentials will help you save tons in the long run.
Photocopied coupons are a no-no
Photocopied coupons run the risk of not being accepted at checkout. This is because every coupon has a unique code so you can’t simply use copies. If you’re printing them from an online website though, you can print, hit back on your browser to clip it again. Some sites and apps do allow you to get two coupons per device. With newspaper insert coupons, ask friends and family to save theirs for you.
What ‘one per purchase’ means
You will need a coupon for every item you want to purchase - it's that simple. This means that twenty cans of soup will require twenty coupons but twenty coupons can’t be clubbed together to reduce the price on one can of soup.
Use sales to your benefit
Clearance sales are the best times to clip coupons. Use a manufacturer coupon, store coupon, and rebate offer over an item’s already discounted price for the biggest savings possible.