In this complicated moment, you are trying to save every penny possible without completely sacrificing your lifestyle. No worries, because we have the solution: we introduce you to our most comprehensive guide yet to making the best out of your coupons.
As prices continue climbing, saving and shopping don't seem to combine perfectly. Nevertheless, you can still shop efficiently and save money by using coupons! You only need to learn how to use coupons wisely. Follow these steps and get the most out of coupons!
1. Avoid Unnecessary Purchases
Having a large variety of coupons doesn't mean you actually need to buy all that stuff! The idea is to save while buying what you need, so avoid temptations and don't lose money on unnecessary purchases.
2. Check The Stacking Policies
Using coupons efficiently also means that you need to learn about stacking! This is when you apply a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon.
If the store allows you to stack coupons, then you could use these coupons together and get a better deal.
3. Check Out For Weekly Sales Fliers!
There apply to items that are below their normal price. Maybe there are seasonal goods that are still available at the store, so check their sales and get the lowest price!
4. Compare Sale Prices
Analyze each store's sale prices, check if one of the stores doubles a coupon, compare the final price of each one with your coupons. You don't have to go for the first option! Make your research, compare your coupons and possibilities to get a better deal.
5. Make a List and Stick To It
Prepare a list of items you plan to get and match them with their corresponding coupons. Calculate which will be the number of the purchase and go shopping! Don't forget to stick to this list, otherwise you will end up spending more than expected.
LEARN HOW TO FIND AND USE E-COUPONS
If you thought coupons were the best thing in the world, then your life will be better when you learn how to use e-coupons! There are three types of electronic coupons: Those that apply to a customer loyalty card, the online coupons you need to print and the digital coupons for online purchases.
1. Coupons That Apply to a Customer Loyalty Card
These coupons are specially used at the groceries stores. The first thing you have to do is get a Customer Loyalty Card at the store. You will have to fill out a form to open a free account.
Once your application is approved, subscribe to their store's mailing list through the website. By doing this, you will receive the e-coupons and special deals daily.
Some stores also have apps for your smartphone! If you download them, you will receive notifications when there's a product discount. Add these coupons to your account, go to the store and shop! You will then have to show the e-coupon to the cashier, who will scan it to apply the discount to your purchase.
2. Print e-coupons
In this case, you will need to search for the printable coupon you want first. You can find them via search engines, coupons websites or stores' websites. Once you find the coupon you were looking for, it's time to download it and print it. You can then go to the store and make your purchase!
3. E-coupons for Online Shopping
This kind of purchase can be done entirely while comfortably sitting on your couch!
The steps are simple in this case:
A) Search for the e-coupon for the product you want to purchase.
B) Go to the store's website.
C) Enter the code in the e-coupon box.
D) Purchase the product!
FIND COUPONS VIA FACEBOOK
Nowadays, people use social networks to connect, and so do companies to share their products. Such is the case of Facebook, the platform where many businesses chose to share their coupons.
In this case, they are called Facebook Offers and can be found in the companies' pages or even in several groups or communities within the social network. Today you will learn how to find these coupons offers, how to claim them and how to join the coupon communities you want.
STEP BY STEP GUIDE
First things first: Open your Facebook, search for those companies or specific products you want to get coupons (known as Offers) from and tap "Like".
Once you start following these businesses' pages, their offers will appear in your feed. Before you tap in any coupon, remember to check the expiration date!
Most of them will have a "Get Offer" button in order to simplify the access to the coupons. By tapping this button, the coupon will be immediately added to your Offers tab so that you can use it later.
In other cases you may see a pop-up with a coupon code with a "Copy Code" button. By clicking it you can start shopping and the discount will be later applied to your purchase.
Some companies add offers only available in stores. In this case, it will display a bar code or coupon image to get the deal in person. Another way to find coupons is by joining special groups (public or private) in Facebook that share offers.
Choose the group you like the most. If the group is closed, then you will have to wait for the moderator to approve your entrance. There you can find different posts with links to coupons, offers and printable coupons to use at stores. Pay special attention when you click on links to offsite coupons, they may be a scam!