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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Using Your Coupons

Tips For Using Coupons

Starting out:
  • Look through your fliers for best deals
  • Check your cupboards for needed items
  • MAKE A SHOPPING LIST- Know what is on sale, what you need to buy no matter what and what is on your wish list. I write on my list how many coupons I have for each product. That way I don't have to go through my coupons in the store to find out how many I have
  • Know the stores coupon/ price matching policies
Organize all your coupons the night before at home:
  • Clip all like coupons together ( do not staple)
  • Check all Expiry Dates
  • Check all conditions ( can not be combined with any other offer, good only in the USA, can only be used at such in such store, can only be used when you buy a certain size, an additional product etc)
  • Put all the coupons you are planning on using in an envelope ( take your coupon binder in case you come across a great deal, but it is much easier to shop if all the coupons you are using are in an envelope)
  • Bring competitor fliers for price matching
During Shopping:
  • If at all possible, do not bring the kids or at least bring help with the kids
  • Never shop hungry you will buy extra stuff you don't need
  • Try to shop at times you are not rushed, time to browse- Some of the best Deals are in the clearance bins. $5.00 Shampoo marked down to $1.00 and then use your 1.00 coupon, you get the product completely FREE
  • Also do not shop at the stores busy hours- Lines are longer, cashiers are more rushed and not in the best moods. I like early mornings or late in the evenings
  • Remember something is not a deal if you don't need it or are not going to use it.
Cashing Out:
  • Often it is best to go to Customer Service to cash out- That way you are not holding up lines, the customer service rep often has the authority to accept questionable coupons, they usually know the policies better, it is also easier to price match at CS
  • If you have a huge cart and ALOT of coupons you could also ask for the cashiers to open an extra till
  • Be nice to your cashier, cashiers will start fighting you on policies if you are rude, but if you are nice they will usually go out of the way to be nice to you
  • Ask the cashier if she prefers the coupons with each item or at the end ( I prefer with each item that way if there is a problem with a coupon, you can check the product at the same time)
  • Don't forget to use your Airmiles and stores cards ( Save on Card, Optimum Card, Sobeys Card etc) the points add up fast

Enjoy your savings!


11 comments:

A Mom After God's Own Heart said...

Great blog! I am now following from MBC!

Cindy said...

Hi Jennifer,
What is the best website to print coupons from? I've been on Couponmom.com, but don't think it's that great......

Moms On The Go said...

Hi Cindy,

Wish I knew some good USA coupon sites, but honestly I don't.

Here is a list of Canadian ones http://momsonthego1.blogspot.com/2009/10/canadian-coupon-websites.html

Here is a good USA site to start with
http://www.918couponqueenblog.com/

Good luck coupon shopping :)

Priscila said...

great tips! I need to start clipping coupons...a woman infront of me at walmart saved like 60 bucks with coupons!
xoxo
Priscila
littlemissheirlooms.blogspot.com

I am Lee-Ann... said...

Thanks for the great Canada friendly tips!
Some awards for you:
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Eliza said...

I love all these tips!! thank you!

My new blog is up, would love to have you visit!

Nicole said...

Ever since we started making a shopping list we have done so much better on our groceries. We buy what we need and nothing else. Great tips!

By the way, I have a blog award waiting for you on my blog!

Valerie said...

I have just in the last couple of weeks started to clip coupons. I have never done it before. I think you have a great blog. Thanks for the hints!

2 Toddlers and Me said...

That receipt is impressive! Great tips too.

I like your blog. Found you on Mom Bloggers Follow Me Group. I'm now following and looking forward to reading more.

kidsmartmama said...

I'm pretty sure Save.ca has an American version....Save.com.

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

Great tips! I love saving money with coupons