When you are on a mission to save money, coupons are a great way to get goods and services for a discount. However, the downside is that you can be tempted to make impulsive purchases just for the savings. This is a no-no.
With care and attention, you can slash your grocery bills, the price for services, and even get things for free. Here are seven ways to ensure that you genuinely save money:
Sure, there’s a bargain to be had, but if the product is not something that you would ordinarily buy, why clip the coupon? Be selective about the coupons that you keep. Clipping coupons for the sake of it only leads you to one place – the checkout till.
Downshift brands? Yes: try a ‘lesser’ brand that you typically wouldn’t buy. The temptation is to aim for coupons for premium brands, but this comes with the risk of spending more money than you would usually without the coupon. You may find that there is little difference in quality, and you can save more money in the long run.
Keep Coupons Accessible
There’s little more frustrating than queuing for the checkout before you realize that your coupons are at home. You have two options: to abandon the shopping or pay the full price. Keep your coupons in your purse/ your car – somewhere that you can access them easily.
More of our time is spent in the digital landscape, and businesses have started to offer digital coupons for you to take advantage of. For example, the website for easyvetclinic Overland Park provides a $20 discount for new customers.
Always check online to see if there is a discount available. It’s still worth checking websites, apps, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds for discounts.
Join Store Loyalty Schemes
In the battle to convert shoppers into brand devotees, stores provide free loyalty schemes so consumers can access discounts. This can be as simple as scanning a card when you are paying, but in other instances, it can mean you have to download an app.
Always read the small print for ways that you can boost the value of the coupon.
Praise Brands Directly
Yes, this takes a little more effort, but companies love to receive positive feedback from customers and will often reward product fans with coupons. Again, only contact companies whose products you use. Feeling creative? Think outside of the box: a poem, a love letter? You’ll make the recipients smile if nothing else!
Stacking is when you combine offers to boost the power of your savings. The key is to use a coupon at the same time the store has a product on a special offer. Most grocery stores rotate their sale items, so if you hold out for a deal, you have the potential to make even more substantial savings.
Couponing is a great way to save money, but to get the most value from them requires forethought: think tactically!