Secret tips to save more money with coupons: Okay, so I don’t really know that these are “secret” tips, but I bet I got your attention, lol. This is the next article in our Couponing 101 series, a series designed to teach our readers how to coupon and save more money using coupons. Be sure to read the previous articles in our Couponing 101 series. A huge THANK YOU to our faithful reader Jen, for sharing these tips. As usual, we have included our own comments and tips as well.
Tips to save more money with coupons:
* Keeping a calculator with you is very important. Many name brand sales combined with coupons are still more expensive than the store brands. Watching the per-oz or per-unit price is important for the most budget friendly shopping.
* Knowing your store’s coupon policy is important in case you run into any issues. Always carry a printed copy of the coupon policy from the MegaMarts (Target, Kmart, Walmart, etc.) since the clerks tend to not know the rules when it comes to doubling, stacking, price matching.
* It is also important to learn your stores “unwritten” policy. For example, my local Fry’s computers will accept any coupon regardless of expiration date. But, if the cashier catches it he/she will toss it.
* Most Drugstores and some MegaMarts will let you ‘Stack’ manufacture coupons with their store specific coupons. (i.e. If you print a Target coupon for $.75 off PopTarts and a Manufacturer coupon for $1 off, you can use both at Target and receive $1.75 off a box.)
* Kroger, Safeway, and some Bashas computers do not stop you from stacking an e-coupon with a paper coupon. (i.e, if you uploaded a coupon for $.50 off of Tide and have a paper coupon for $.75 off it will allow you to use both)
* Some of the printed coupons specifically say on them DO NOT DOUBLE, most stores abide by these rules so I always calculate my pre-shopping savings with out the double discount.
* Some coupon printing websites (Coupons.com, RedPlum, etc.) may ask you to create a log in and install a coupon printer to your computer. We (Money Savin’ Momma & Engineer) personally use these sites, and our reader Jen says they are approved by her tech-geek husband as well. The downloads are to prevent you from printing multiple or over your limit to the coupons.
* Now this last one may be a bit debatable – I (Jen) think that typically, you get the most bang for your buck by using your coupon closest to the expiration date. I have noticed that the stores usually have a sale to match the coupons for the first week, then in the last week of the coupon they put out an even better sale! What has your experience been?
Readers: What other “secret” coupon tips do you have to save money? Post a comment to let us know!