Learn to Coupon!
Sales Cycles and Stocking Up
Most people make a list of the groceries they need and head to the store. What you have just done is make a list of everything that is not on sale at the store. We need to step back and realize that groceries go on sale. They all have a “rock bottom low price”, and we want to focus on only buying groceries when they are at that rock bottom price. Don’t worry it’s pretty easy, in most areas they follow a cycle roughly 6 weeks long. That means if we see a rock bottom price this week then buy enough of that item to last 6 weeks. That way you don’t have to go back and pay the full retail price in between.
The easiest method to getting the best deals is to have a library of inserts saved up. That way, if an item goes on sale four weeks after the insert is delivered, you’ll still have the coupons (and you only clip the ones you actually need!).
-When printing coupons, make sure your ink is full. Difficult to read barcodes means it won’t scan and the cashier will probably reject it.
-Photocopying coupons is fraud and can land you in jail. Just don’t do it.
-Don’t buy something just because you have the coupon. It doesn’t actually save you money.
-Here are the three things you need to make sure about the store’s coupon policy: Do they accept coupons? Do they accept printed coupons? Do they restrict the number of coupons you can use in a transaction?
-See if your preferred grocery store has electronic coupons that get associated with your loyalty card. This saves time clipping and means you don’t have to remember to hand coupons over to the cashier.
-Most printable coupons expire in 30 days. Don’t print until you’re ready to shop.