You want to save money. We all do, and coupons are a great way to do it. But before you rush out and fill your grocery cart with everything in your coupon book, you should be sure you are using your coupons properly. Here are a few tips for using coupons well.
Make sure you really need an item. A coupon is an advertisement. Don’t forget that. If you find that you are bringing a coupon to the store to buy something that you don’t ever buy and most likely won’t buy again, you are actually spending money instead of saving money. After all, you are buying an additional item.
Make sure you use the coupon on the right day. If your local store offers a double coupon day and you use coupons on a different day of the week, you have not used the coupon correctly. You will save lots of money by getting to the store on the right day to take full advantage of the savings from your coupon.
Make sure you use the right store. Prices are different at different stores, and you will save more money using your coupon at the right store. Use coupons at the stores that are already selling the item for the lowest price, or those that have the item on sale. You will benefit from the lower starting price and your coupon will make those items as cheap as possible.
Check the competition. Just because you have a coupon for an item does not mean that you are getting the most bang for your buck. In fact, the item that is on your coupon may still be more expensive after the coupon is applied than a comparable item in the same store for which you have no coupon. If you want to save money on groceries or other items, don’t assume that a coupon is the best way to do it. Store brands are often cheaper without coupons than the competition is with coupons.
Trade for other coupons. If you get coupons in the mail or in the paper that you don’t use don’t throw them away. See if a friend or neighbor can use them, and exchange for their extra coupons. You might just find that you are benefiting each other and that you can both save more money this way.
If you think about these things when using coupons you will know how to use coupons to save the most money possible.