Using price books and finding and organizing coupons are some of the ways to save some extra cash on grocery items. If you want to maximize your savings, try coupon match-ups. The process is simple. All you have to do is match your coupons to the items that are on sale. Check out the following steps to get started:
Step 1: Find out what is on sale
Sign up to receive ads on your email or get printable weekly ads from the store’s website. Once you collect all the ads, mark or circle all the super discounted items. Then, check for items that have a ‘Buy 1 Get 1’ offer or have group discounts (for example, get $7 off on items worth $30). In the end, mark the items that you want to shop that are on sale.
Step 2: Find coupons for the items you marked
There are several free coupon databases on the internet. Once you’ve marked the items you want to shop, search for coupons by typing the name of the product in the database. The fewer letters you type, the better are the results you will get. For instance, when looking for coupons of a specific detergent brand, just type the brand name, not the product. This will show you a list of all the coupons available for that brand.
Step 3: Collect coupons that you want
On the database, you can find both printable and paper coupons. In the case of printable coupons, a link will be provided to you, which will allow you to print the coupons that you need. The paper coupons will provide you a source from where the coupons can be collected (for example, coupons for a detergent brand you’ve been looking for could be in the Sunday newspaper that came in the second week of May).
Step 4: Print the coupons
One of the fastest and easiest ways to search for coupons online is by the name of the product. You can then print and list coupons that are available by source and the date. Once you’ve completed your search, you can then quickly skim through your coupon stack. If you organize your coupons systematically, you’ll be able to easily find it in your coupon stash.
Step 5: Group your coupons
Once you make a list of all the products with the best deals that you plan to buy, group the coupons that match your list, then visit the store.
Step 6: Find coupons from other resources
If you can’t find coupons for items that you want to buy in the database, search the web for other resources. You can start by visiting the brand’s website page to see if there are any active offers available. If not, check out their social media accounts for promotional offers.
Step 7: Don’t be discouraged
At times you might find that once you click on the printable coupon link, either it is no longer available or you are unable to find it. This may be because certain printable coupons have set limits as to how many can be printed. If the limit is met, it will not appear on the database. When this happens do not be discouraged, because printable coupons rotate and may be made available again in 60-90 days.
Step 8: Understand couponing lingo
Most databases and coupon forums use couponing lingo. Understanding what each abbreviation stands for can help you a lot in the coupon match-up process. Here are some of the most common abbreviations you will find in the database, which is the source of where the coupon can be found:
SS = SmartSource weekly newspaper insert
RP = RedPlum weekly newspaper insert
PG = Procter and Gamble insert
The match-up process is quite simple and you can modify it to suit your preference. Practice it a few times to plan better from where you want to shop and save extra cash.
Disclaimer: Not all stores allow customers to match and use coupons on items that are on sale.