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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Understanding Coupons

Now that you have the basics you need to understand coupons and how they work… this is what I never knew and was not able to maximize my coupon usage until I learned these things

There are different types of coupons

  • Manufactures coupons – this is the majority of your coupons you will receive. These are coupons that a manufacturer puts out to get you to try their product and when you use one the store is refunded this money, plus a few cents for shipping from the manufacturer.
  • Store coupons – these are coupons put out by a store to get you to come in and hopefully use your coupon, but then buy more while there.

You can use more than one coupon

  • When purchasing an item you can use both a manufactures coupon and a store coupon for the same item you are buying.
  • Most coupons say one coupon per purchase this means one coupon per item you are buying. This means if toilet paper is priced at $1 and you have 5 coupons for $1 off for that type and size of toilet paper you can buy 5 packages of toilet paper and use all 5 coupons to get 5 packages of toilet paper free.

Now you know the basics to couponing and can start looking into your local stores and start looking around to see what coupons you can find. One point you have to learn to accept and be ok with in order to maximize your savings is you many no longer be brand specific on items. For us we have a few things that we still only like one brand and we have accepted that those are things I do not budge on, but for most items we have learned to try new brands. Sometimes this means buying brands I would have never bought before because I always thought they were “too expensive” and sometimes it just means trying something that is not what we have always used. Happy shopping!

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