Clever Coupon Cutting Strategies









The Sunday
paper is usually chock-full of advertisements for new foods or household
products. At the bottom of those ads is a coupon to help you save money the
first time you buy. Sounds good, right? So why do so many people avoid using
coupons?

It could be
embarrassment. But, using coupons is not a sign of poverty or too much
frugality. It saves money and we can all use that. Manufacturers get tax breaks
on their business when they perform promotions like this. You might as well
take advantage of it.

Never used a
coupon? Here are some ways to help you use them to the fullest of their
potential.

* Clip
coupons for items you use – The tendency is to cut out coupons for stuff that
looks good. If you are hungry, everything will look good to you. Resist the
urge to buy something just because you have a coupon. That is not exactly the
way to save money. Use them to offset the cost of items you use the most –
toothbrushes, bread, milk, poultry, razors, etcetera.

* Couple
coupons with in-store promotions – Many stores hold weekly sales. They include
circulars either in Sunday’s paper or the mid-week edition. If your grocer is
selling bread for a buck and a half on Wednesday, use Sunday’s coupon for 50
cents off of a loaf of bread to save even more money. Some stores have their
own rewards card. It is free to sign up and you can find many low prices on
name brand foods and generic brands.

* Go online
– There are websites now that are devoted to the almighty coupon. People list
current offers for sites online as well as printable coupons for a number of
different products. Here you can sort the coupons by category. It is much like
the coupon box used to be in the grocery store, only more organized than that.

* Double
your pleasure – If your grocery is offering to double any coupons up to one
dollar, be sure to shop on that day. You can save twice as much on items that
you use often. If you have a coupon for a free sample that you want to try,
this is the time to do it without spending too much money.

Coupon
cutting is not hard and it can reap some sweet rewards. This weekend, go through
your Sunday paper and clip happily. Always check your coupons before going to
the store so you won’t miss out on any deals.