After being on the show Extreme Couponing and seeing the comments about being unable to use doubles, I thought I would address it. Many people are asking how they can save without doubles. Well, let me show you.
Wait for the sale!
Or it was knowing when to hold'em! Generally speaking, if the item is not on sale, you will want to hold onto the coupon until it is. If you invest in stocks, it runs along the same lines, buy low.
Example: A $1.00/2 Fuze or Fuze Slenderize coupon came out in the Sunday Smart Source to insert on 4/10/2023 SS Insert. This coupon will not expire until July 10th. These are usually priced at my local supermarket for $1.00-$1.39. Now I do what any couponer would do and wait for a Sale!
This week at Albertsons, these are on sale for $0.50 when you buy 10, so if I have 5 Coupons, I will get all ten free with NO double coupons. This is why most couponers purchase multiple papers. I wouldn't be able to do this if I only had one newspaper.
Be on the lookout for Buy One Get One Free Offer. This is where you can use two $1.00/1 coupons, pretty much "doubling" your coupon savings.
Another example: Rite Aid
This week Rite Aid has Tylenol Precise for $5.00. There is a coupon for $5/1 Precise by Tylenol from the Smart Source Insert dated 5/8/2023, or you can print it here. You can purchase this completely free without using any double. On top of this, Rite Aid has a weekend warrior program that tracks selected items thru May. Spend $25 and receive $10. Each one of those $5.00 purchases will go toward that total. Soon you can make a little profit and use it towards your other items.
This is a great way to save money with coupons. Most stores will allow you to use a Store Coupon AND a Manufacturer's Coupon. Be sure to check the expiration dates as well because if they don't expire for a while, you can match these two coupons with a great sale and have one deal. Target is a great place for this option.
Not everything has to be Free.
Sure, it seems pretty exciting to get free stuff all the time, and once you have been doing this for a while, you will be able to come up with scenarios to roll your Catalinas and get awesome savings for little out-of-pocket. But there are times you pay for stuff. Not everything is free 100% of the time.
Shopping at Walmart
What is nice about shopping at Walmart is receiving overage for your coupons. If you have a higher value coupon than the product, they will give you cash back, or you can use it towards other items in your cart. This week, I purchased a Frigo Cheese Stick for $0.33 and used my $0.50/1 coupon and profit of $0.17.
That may seem like little, but when you have ten coupons, you have $1.70 to pay for other grocery items. On top of this, Walmart will price match, which can help you save some time.
I highly suggest emailing so you will get an update on all these great deals and you can select the ones that apply to you. Find a local blog if your store isn't listed on Coupon Connections. You can also grab your sales ad and use the coupon database to see if any great coupons match your store sales.
Remember, not every week will be a good couponing week, and you will not use every coupon. You would go broke if you did. You can mail the ones you don't use, expire them to the military, or host a coupon exchange. Suppose the deal is HOT buy three months' worth to wait for the next sale. You can check out my Extreme Couponing Shopping trip this week without double coupons.
Stay tuned for more posts on how to do couponing work for you.