I had an interesting ‘discussion’ with some friends on Facebook the other day.
We were talking about coupon clipping and savings at the store. I mentioned that I had gotten money back on some purchases recently because I had coupons that totaled more than the price of the products.
Remember, in most cases you can ‘stack’ coupons, which means you can use a manufacturer’s coupon along with a store coupon and double (or maybe triple!) the savings.
In this case, I had two coupons that totaled more than the sales price of the item. So, I ‘made’ a dollar. Of course, the store will not give me a dollar so I had to use this dollar to purchase something else. I figured it was another dollar off of the gallon of milk I bought, bringing the price down to $1.69.I’m good with that!
Another friend said there is no way to save money buying name brands. So, I explained to her that this is where she has it all wrong – you can save tons of money by purchasing name brands, and this is how:
Buy on sale with a coupon!
I know for some of you that are bulk purchasers or those that shop at large department stores that also sell groceries, and that have most products as a store brand product, think this is wrong and it can’t happen. This is how it works:
- MOST items will go one sale one time in a 6-8 week period at its very lowest price. First, learn what the very lowest price is. $3.00 for a box of cereal on sale may seem like a good idea, but I never pay more than $2 for a box of cereal. I buy it when it is $2.50, because most major brands will go down this low, and then I add a coupon to that price. I will not pay over $2 for a box of cereal (and sometimes I get it as low as $1.50, which is good since we eat so much of it!)
- Pair all lowest prices with a coupon. If you do this, you are getting the brand name price at a very low fee. For instance, if I purchase a brand name box of cereal for $2.50 and I have a $1 off coupon, I’m getting it for $1.50. Chances are the off brand is higher than this, at least around the $2 range. So yes, if I am only buying on sale that name brand item is more, but by pairing it with a coupon it is less.
Where do you get these coupons? The Sunday paper is one outlet. I buy two papers so I have two sets of coupons.
Also, coupons.com and couponmom.com are great places to go for coupons. I don’t use any other coupon sites for printables since all of the coupons I need can be found here and since, most of the time, those other sites that say ‘come here and get coupons’ ask for a lot of information and then send you to coupons.com. Start there and you will be pleased!