What to Look For When Coupon Shopping

Couponing is about finding the best possible savings. Here are some tips to make your dollar go the furthest.

What to look for when you shop.

  • Buy 1, get 1 free
  • Buy 2, get 1 free
  • Must buy __ amount to receive sale price. Ex.: Must buy 4 to get each item for $1.50, all other amounts $1.79 each.
  • Save $10.00 if you spend $75.00 or more in one transaction
  • Earn extra gas points if you purchase ___ items
  • Clearance rack
  • If you purchase ___items, save ___ amount on meat
  • Buy ___boxes of cereal, get up to ___amount free on a gallon of milk

Follow coupon policy written on coupon.

  • Always check the expiration date on the coupon. Do not use expired coupons, it’s against the law.
  • Make sure the item matches the coupon
  • Read fine print on coupon- some only let you use 4 like coupons in one transaction,  use one coupon a day, or one coupon per household
  • Some coupons are for any product by that company. Others are for a specific product.
  • The picture on the coupon may not match the actual product but can still be used for the sale item. Read the fine print to know when this applies.
  • Check for ‘Do Not Double’ on coupon. Not all coupons can be doubled.

Always make sure what you buy is the lowest price you can get it.

I always check around from time to time to keep up with the price of items I purchase on a regular basis. Sometimes an item may be cheaper at another store even when you can’t use a coupon at that store. Know where the best deals are. I keep a running list of the cheapest price and place to get the item in my coupon binder, to reference whenever I’m shopping. Don’t feel pressured to buy a product because it has a good coupon to use on it. The goal is to save money, not use coupons exclusively.

Have you seen these sales or deals at your local grocery store? Let me hear from you. Tell me what deals you see the most.

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