Using coupons may seem pretty straightforward, and it can be at times, but if you know a little bit more then you can actually save a lot more money! Here are just a few awesome things to know when you’re using coupons to get the most bang for your buck.
First things first, be aware that there ARE some fraudulent coupons floating around out there, both on the internet and in physical copies. If you’re not sure if a coupon is real or not, it’s always better to check with a provider before you stock up on lots of items just to have to pay full price.
Also be aware that some coupons have limits and some don’t. You may be only to buy a certain type of the product (like only tomato soup or only lemon scented cleaners), and there are often limits on quantity as well. Just familiarize yourself with the limits of your coupons so you know exactly what and how much you can get.
Per Purchase/Per Transaction
Knowing the difference between “per purchase” and “per transaction” can actually help save you lots of money and gets lots of discounted items. A lot of the time, store employees don’t even know the difference. Per item means you can apply the coupon to that many items; per transaction is that you can only apply the coupon once during checkout.
Some Stores Double
While this isn’t always the case, some stores will double the coupon. That means they will either match the manufacturer’s coupon deal or they’ll let you apply more than one coupon to the same item. It’s definitely worth checking out because it can save some money!
This is one of the coupon tricks that a lot of people don’t know about. Oftentimes, a manufacturer will put out a coupon for a product and so will the store. That means you can “stack” the coupons and get one product at two different discounts, saving you lots of money in the end.
Coupons on Free Items
Believe it or not, you can actually apply coupon to free items. For example, if the store has a buy one, get one free sale, you can still apply a coupon to the free item, giving you twice as much savings on the item you paid for. Just make sure that the store honors these kinds of exchanges.
You can find lots of great coupons online without having to do much looking and searching. There are tons of websites solely dedicated to finding you great deals on everyday products, so start looking!
Overage is when you did such a good job at using coupons that you actually earned money. That money can go towards other store items like meat or other things. Plan well enough, and you can get lots of money back on your transactions.
Match Low Prices
Another great program to apply with coupons is with stores that match low prices. If you find an ad for an item that’s lower at your preferred store, just take it in, show the manager or clerk, and (if they match low prices) they’ll give you that item for that price. Some stores even let you apply their coupons, still, making the price even lower!
Buy on Sale Items
Finding coupons for items that are already on sale is a great way to save money. This doesn’t happen very often, but if you look hard enough, then you can find lots of awesome deals!
Learn Coupon Lingo
It may take a while, but learning coupon lingo is actually incredibly helpful. Knowing the difference between OOS and OOP can both speed up the process and make coupon using a lot easier.