Since the first Coca-Cola coupon was written in 1887, shoppers have been using grocery coupons to save on groceries, health & beauty aids, pet supplies and more. However, there is more to using coupons than just redeeming them at the store. There are 6 key factors to help you make the most of your savings.
1. Combine Your Coupons With A Sale
The key to maximizing your savings with grocery coupons is to hold on to them until there is a great sale. One of the
best ways to know when you are getting the best price is to make a price book of the items that you use on a regular basis. Stores rotate sales about every 12 weeks. In order to make the most of your money, purchase what your families requires at the rock bottom price for the 12 week period.
2. Purchase Buy One Get One Items
A great way to save money is to take advantage of the Buy One Get One offers in your stores. The first thing that you need to find out is your store’s policy on Buy One Get One deals. Many stores actually charge one half for each item; while others will charge for two items but deduct one at the end of the transaction. When allowed by store policy, use two grocery coupons on a Buy One Get One deal.
3. Use Two Coupons On One Item
There are two types of coupons–a store issued coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon. Whenever you are at a store that has it’s own coupons, be sure to combine them with manufacturer’s coupons for even more savings. The use of using a store and manufacturer’s coupon is often referred to as “stacking”. Most of the time you must present the store coupon first and then the manufacturers coupon for the most savings.
4. Know Your Final Unit Price
When determining your savings, you will be looking at your savings per unit (ie; ounce, pound, etc). For the most part, you will find that purchasing two smaller packages with two grocery coupons is a greater savings than purchasing a larger package on sale with one coupon. This is especially true when you find that rare coupon that does not have a size restriction. You can; then, purchase trial size and travel size products for free or only pennies.
5. Use $$ off $$$ Coupons
Many stores offer grocery coupons that are a certain dollar amount off of a minimum purchase; ie, $4 off $20 purchase; $3 off $15 purchase. Whenever it does not go against store policy, always be sure to have your minimum purchase amount met BEFORE coupons. Hand over the $X off $XX coupon once you have met the minimum purchase amount; such as $20; then hand the remaining coupons to the cashier.
6. Store Incentives
All stores have their own incentives to get consumers to purchase in their stores. Some stores price match or accept competitors grocery coupons. CVS has Extra Care Bucks, Walgreens has Register Rewards, Rite Aid has +UP Rewards and Single Check Rebates. Whenever possible, take advantage of these incentives; especially when it will result in free products.
By combining the above strategies you will find that you will be able to consistently save 70-80% on your purchases.