Many people who want to start couponing feel instantly defeated because they think they can’t unlock the “secret method” that will allow them to save a lot of money. I think couponing has developed a bad reputation of being complicated and time-consuming when, in reality, couponing is actually quite simple.
I’m going to teach you the key to really saving money with coupons in just 5 simple steps. Ready?
1. Find a high value coupon.
2. Find a good sale.
3. Find a rebate, store coupon, ECB offer, or some other stackable savings.
4. Combine them all.
5. Ta-da! You have a great deal!
I hope you aren’t disappointed, but there really is no complicated algorithm. You don’t have to spend hours doing research or clipping coupons. You just have to use your coupons at the right time.
That means, don’t go buy your newspaper and use all the coupons right then. You want to hang on to them until the right time.
The right time is when the item is on sale at a very low price. It would be even better if you could combine a store coupon, Register Reward, or similar store savings.
Use your coupon on the item that’s on sale and you have a great deal!
An example would be when Electrasol put out some high value $2.25/1 Finish product coupons. I would have still had pretty good savings if I went and used my coupon right then and bought them at Walmart. However, I waited until Target had them on sale for $2.50 AND they were offering a $0.50/1 store coupon. By combining the sale, coupon, and store coupon I was able to get the detergent for FREE!
By following the five steps I listed above, I was able to get even greater savings than I would have if I’d just used my coupon right away.
Don’t let couponing become more complicated than it really is. If you give up before you start, you can really miss out on this very easy way to save money.
Are you overwhelmed by couponing? Is there any information you feel like you’re missing?