Save Money EVERY DAY With These Simple Coupon Tactics!
Coupons and discounts are evolving, moving online, expanding into frequent shopper programs and more! These simple tactics can save a ton!
A coupon is a discount offer that gives you a lower price and allows the store to track what advertising venues are working. These discounts give you an effective way to save money on food and grocery items. You can find them online, get them sent straight to your e-mail, or search based on your shopping list. You can use sites and apps that provide rewards after your purchases, usually by taking a picture of your receipt. If you still like scissors, there are still plenty of old-school print versions available through various media outlets or on products you've already purchased.
Search the Internet
It is easy to find discounts for the branded products that you use every day. Just search the product name followed by coupon or discount, or check out manufacturer websites for offers that you can print out. You can usually sign up for the company's email newsletter to receive offers straight into your inbox to take or leave as you please.
You can also check in with the stores you shop at online, either on their websites or social media pages. Often, there are special offers available. For example, Hobby Lobby often puts 40% off one item codes on their website that you can use online or in the store just by giving the code. Check in online with each store you visit and if they offer discounts, make sure you check back each time you shop.
Be careful about printing, though. Paper and ink add up to money, and it's important to determine whether the printing cost is worth the savings. Many manufacturers will mail you their offers a more cost-effective way to save money.
Finding Print Coupons
It is still very much worth sitting down with the Sunday paper and a pair of scissors. If you don't get the paper, ask family or neighbors if they use their coupons. A lot of people just throw out what amounts to free money! If you're not going to use yours, give them away or leave them next to the product in the store for someone else to utilize.
Watch the products that you buy, as well. There are often offers hidden inside of the packaging. Make sure you pull off any offers stuck on the outside of packaging while you're shopping, too!
It's important that you keep organized as well. A simple file that you can slip into your purse or pocket will suffice, but you can create a super-organized binder. The important thing is that you make sure you bring your coupons with you to the store!
One of the coolest ways to save money without going through the trouble of searching is to use a rewards site or an app to get your savings after you do your shopping. Ibotta is one of the most popular money-saving bonus sites. Some stores like Wal-Mart offer services like this as well. Typically, you just have to scan or take a photo of a qualifying receipt with your cell phone and then reap the rewards!
Use Store Bonuses to Your Advantage
If there's a store in your area that offers double coupons once a week, see if it's feasible for you to use these coupons. Many stores have done away with coupon doubling policies, but if you can find this type of offer, it's worth shopping on a specific day.
Use those reward cards the stores you frequent offer, as well. The gas savings cards that many grocery stores give out can mean that you can fuel up your car almost for free. Much of the time, the only thing you need to do to earn these rewards is present your card or type in your phone number.
Some stores honor other local stores' sale prices. Used effectively and added to your coupons, this can save you big money. Check the ads for all the stores in your areas for great deals and shop at a place that offers comping to double down on your savings.
Coupon Warnings and Wise Words
The first thing I'll note here is that buying products that you don't need, even if you use coupons, probably won't save you money. The simplest way to save money is to plain ol' not spend it.
Next, check out the terms of coupons and store policies closely. If you've planned your meals and your budget around items you have coupons for, finding out yours are no good can be a real issue.
You'll find lots of scams online that look like fantastic coupons. If an offer looks way too good to be true, walk away. Aldi's and Wal-Mart coupons are frequently 'offered' in scams like this.
Couponing can be a great way to save money and help keep your budget intact. Find the couponing methods that work best for you and your family and make sure you stick to them.