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How to Make the Most of Your Coupons, Offers and Deals

Posted by on Mar. 9, 2013 at 12:56 AM
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How to Make the Most of Your Coupons, Offers and Deals

If you were walking down the street and saw a $50 bill lying there, would you just walk right past it? Please. Stupid question, right?

Now, imagine finding that $50 every week for a year. Can you say “free money?” That’s exactly what using coupons can save the average family of four every week.

Using coupons has become almost effortless. You can now find offers that you want when you want them, 24/7—no need to wait for the Sunday newspaper. And think about this—if you typically buy one box of cereal a week and you start using a “$1 off” coupon each time, you will have an extra $52 in your pocket at the end of the year, and that’s just for one item. Easy!

Coupons aren’t just for groceries anymore. You can find coupons on everything from baby food to pet food, medications, personal care items, cleaning products, office supplies and baby supplies.

So learn the basics, set aside about 30 minutes each week, and you’ll be well on your way to earning literally thousands of extra dollars a year. Think of it as giving yourself a raise, and here is the class to teach you how: Welcome to Coupons 101.

START AT THE BEGINNING:

  • Set up a separate email account just for coupons and manufacturer newsletters. This way you can keep your savings separate from your personal or work email.
  • Visit the websites of your favorite stores and manufacturers and subscribe to their newsletters.
  • Save all the grocery store ads that come in your mail every week.
  • Once you have all your materials, set aside 30 minutes each week to sit down and plan meals around store sales and coupons. Ideally, you should do this on the day store ads come in the mail.
  •   print out coupons or save them directly to your store loyalty card. This is also the time when you can check your savings email account for any good deals that week. Also, check local papers and magazines for additional coupons.
  • The ultimate goal is to find coupons that you can use on sale items because that means you are optimizing your savings. Try to work as many of these double deals into your weekly menu.
  • Keep your eyes open for additional offers when you are shopping like “peelies,” which are on the product packaging, or coupons that you get at the register.
  • If an item is on sale but out of stock, stores will usually give you a rain check to buy it at a later date. Some stores will also offer you a rain check for coupons. If your coupon is about to expire, but the item is out of stock, ask a store manager if they can stamp or sign it so you can use it later.
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by COUPON QUEEN K(KIM) on Mar. 11, 2013 at 12:19 AM

great info

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