Clipping coupons is a great way to save money, and everyone can benefit from a deal. Use this article as a guide to learn how to save money by utilizing coupons and other available discounts.
Get a Shopper’s Card
Almost every store now has shopper’s cards or rewards cards, especially supermarkets. Shopper’s cards are like a coupon without any coupon clipping. You can’t go wrong with them. Grocery stores always have items on sale, but most of them say in the fine print that a shopper’s card is required to get the sale price. These fabulous money saving cards cost you nothing. You can have one for every supermarket you go to. To top it off, if you have a baby, many grocery stores offer Baby Bucks. The store tracks your spending on baby items, and gives you cash back when you accumulate a certain amount of spending. For example, for every $200 you spend on baby products, they will give you $15 off your next grocery bill. Make sure to enroll in Baby Bucks if you have a youngster.
Having a shopper’s card also allows the store to track the rest of the items that you buy. What this means for you is extra savings. Often times, when you check out at the register, the cashier will give you a print-out of coupons for many of the items that you buy, or from competitors looking for you to switch to their product.
Double Up on Manufacturer’s Coupons
Manufacturer’s coupons can be found in magazines, the newspaper, online or enclosed in a product. Many grocery stores offer double coupons for manufacturer’s coupons. For example, if you have a coupon for 40 cents off, the supermarket will give you 80 cents off.
Check Out the Weekly Circular
All major food stores and drug stores have weekly circulars. You probably get copies of these in the mail, and toss them in the junk pile. Well, don’t do that anymore. Circulars not only tell you the items on sale that week, but sometimes there are extra coupons in them that you can clip. Don’t pass these up. Also, if you have manufacturer’s coupons, check the circular to see if the items are on sale. If so, you not only get the sales price, but you get the manufacturer’s coupon, and you get it doubled. That’s really saving!
Coupon Clipping Warning
Beware – coupon clipping can be addictive. Do not clip coupons for items that you do not actually need or use. For example, if you never eat TV dinners, but there is a coupon for $1 off 3 TV dinners – do not clip the coupon. If you do you may find yourself buying products just because you have a coupon for it. This totally defeats the purpose of clipping coupons to save money.
You don’t just have to use these grocery shopping tips for groceries. Get shopper’s cards from other retailers. They will usually send you coupons in the mail, or you will be eligible for special sales. Just make sure you have enough room on your keychain for all those tags!
Emily Gojko: I am a writer, marketer, and manager with a strong background in real estate development and management. I am also a native New Yorker with an obsession for home design shows, so I have personal and professional experience making the most of small spaces, and dealing with good and bad living situations.