Now that you know how to read your coupons, let’s discuss the best way to use them.
FOLLOWING WORDING & NOT PHOTOS: When you are going to use your coupon, read the fine print. The manufacture’rs tend to put the MOST expensive product on the coupon. However, it may read “Good on any ABC Company product.” So that means that you can use the coupon for that are just not on the picture and you can save even more money.
STORE COUPONS + MANUFACTURER COUPONS: Combine your manufacturer coupon with your store coupons. For example: If you have a $1.00/2 pop tarts manufacturer coupon and then go to Target’s website and print off a web coupon for $1.00/2, you can use BOTH and purchase two boxes for only .67 each!! Not too shabby, eh?BUY ONE GET ONE STORE SALE + COUPONS: When a store offers B1G1 Free, purchase two items and use two manufacturer’s coupons. After all, you are still purchasing two items, so you should get the discount on both. So, if your item you are purchasing as B1G1 Free retails for $4.00 and you have a coupon for $0.50/1, you will actually get two items for only $3.00 (One is free and then $0.50*2=$1.00).
The only caution I have to cashing in on store B1G1 is if you have a coupon for B1G1. When this occurs, you will need to check with the store’s coupon policy to see how this works. This would be handled one of two ways:
Option 1 – Both items will be free. The one you are paying for is being given to you free by the store, so you don’t actually have to pay for it.
Option 2 – The store would require you to purchase 4 items (as they will give you 2 for free, and you will get 1 more for free, paying for only 1 item).PRESENT YOUR COUPONS IN THE RIGHT ORDER. If you have a coupon that reads (for example) $5.00 off of a $25.00 purchase — always give that one first and then give any store and manufacturer coupons. That way, you can really tack on the savings. Otherwise, if you use the coupons, you could fall below the required purchase amount and then not be able to use this coupon.
So, if your purchase total is $28.00 and you have $4.00 in coupons and a $5.00 off of a $25.00 purchase, you would want the $5.00 to come off first. Then, they would reduce your purchase by an additional $4.00, making your final amount due $19.00.However, if you give the $4.00 in coupons first, then your total is now $24.00 and the $5.00 off of a $25.00 purchase is no longer applicable.
The only caution with this is to read the lingo on the $5.00 off of a $25.00 coupon – it may state that this coupon is after any coupons. So read the fine print.MATCH UP COUPONS WITH SALES: It can seem like a poker game sometime in knowing when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em. In the coupon “game”, playing your coupon at the right time can really save you money. If you match up an item on sale with a coupon, you can really increase your savings.
This can take some time, so that is where I come in. I do the hard work for you each week. I do the match-ups for you!