I also wanted to let you know that this month we will be talking a lot about Extreme Couponing Strategies. I know that extreme couponing gets a bad rap from the TV Show where people are hoarding loads and loads of Mustard, but the strategies used can mean BIG Savings at the Grocery Store and I want to go over some of my favorite strategies and tips for saving this month! I don’t really believe in buying Massive Amounts of the same item but I do think the same strategies used on smaller quantities can mean having more of the items you want and need for less!
Strategy #1 – Stack Coupons & Sales
One of the most Common Mistakes people make when starting to use coupons is that they think they need to clip coupons then go buy those products. I often here people say “I clipped all these coupons, then I went to buy the products and they weren’t any cheaper than the generic even with the coupon”
Most people give up at this point, the problem is that a Coupon isn’t the Biggest Part of the Savings, it’s the icing on the Cake! Coupons Stacked with Sale Prices is where you will see the Biggest Savings!
If you want to get the best use of your coupons and save the most money try looking for Sales First. Find the sales that have items B1G1 Free, or 10 for $10, those sales stacked with coupons make for some awesome savings.
Most grocery stores put items on sale for around 30-50% off on a frequent basis. That 30% off sale is probably more than your coupon for the same item, by waiting for a sale and then combining your coupons and sale you get to take advantage of Both Savings at the same time! That’s when you get EXTREME prices!
Here’s an example, let’s assume there is a coupon for $1/3 Boxes of Macaroni & Cheese. These are normally priced at $0.97 at Walmart (Or even higher at Most Stores). If you just run in and use your coupon right away and pay full price you will only save around 33% on your purchase.
Kraft Mac & Cheese, $0.97 at Walmart
$1/3 Kraft Mac & Cheese Coupon
$0.64 ea. after coupon!
However, if you can hold off for a sale at Walgreens where these are marked down to just $0.79 and you use your coupon you save even more!
Kraft Mac & Cheese, $0.79
$1/3 Kraft Mac & Cheese Coupon
$0.45 ea. after coupon!
Since the normal price is around $1 per box when you stack the coupons and the sale you can save OVER 50%!
Couponing is all about learning which marketing strategies you can use to your advantage. Most Companies release coupons around the time they want to push their products. They also know that most people clip coupons then head to the store to spend them. By Holding on to your best coupons for a week or two you can hold out for a sale and get a better deal. So be patient and don’t rush to use your coupons as soon as you get them, sometimes a little patience can go a long way!
Also, remember I often post Sale Previews and we put the Drugstore Previews for Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid up on Tuesdays the week before the ad comes out which means you can plan ahead to know which coupons to save and find the best deals for each of your coupons!
Tomorrow we will be talking about another strategy for getting the most out of your coupons!