Couponning is Tricky Business!!
It's not just about using coupons to save money on your grocery shopping.
It's really about changing the way you shop!
So instead of saving 20% on your bills you could save 50 to 80%
sometimes getting things for Free!!!
Couponning takes Dedication and Hard work.
It takes a lot of time to Collect and Organize your coupons, to seek out deals
and complete a coupon shop, building your stock pile etc.
But as they say Time is Money!! ;)
AND HERE'S HOW YOU DO IT!!
1. Instead of buying things when you need them you will only buy CERTAIN PRODUCTS that you have COUPONS for but ONLY when they go on SALE!!!
2. Watch your FLYERS and find the best price for the products which you have coupons. Each store has their own SALES and these sales will fluctuate in cycles.
Take your coupons and your flyers to the Grocery store with you. PRICE-MATCH the cheapest price and use your COUPON for Ultimate Savings!!
3. Also Remember to Buy MORE than what you would normally in order to create a STOCKPILE.
Do this for a few different products at a time and then you will eventually have a complete household stockpile. This will allow you to COLLECT COUPONS for certain items and then replenish those when needed.
4. A great way to COLLECT COUPONS is to TRADE. Many of us end up collecting coupons for items that we are not going to use just for this purpose. You can do this with friends or neighbors who are fellow couponners.
You can also search on Facebook or Twitter for COUPON GROUPS in YOUR CITY OR PROVINCE. This way you can TRADE COUPONS VIA MAIL with other people in your city, province or even all of Canada.
This is a great way to learn from others, make new friends and brag about your shopping experiences. The purpose of these groups is to share our love of couponning and to help each other with a common goal.
5. YOU CANNOT BE BRAND PICKY!!
Everyone has their favorite ketchup or toilet paper but when it comes right down to it not all companies offer coupons for their products.
If you have become the seasoned couponner then you know better than anyone that...
FREE IS ALWAYS BEST!! =D.
6. MAKE A LIST!!
Making a list of Coupons that you have and what you wish to buy or ones that may expire will help you. Your coupons will have less of a chance of expiring. I create a complete shopping list using only coupons.
REMEMBER... to go through your coupons on a regular basis and check the expiry dates. Get rid of all coupons that are expired and use or trade the ones that are about to expire.
Buy the Right Size or Brand!!!
*If your coupon states "Only good for Kellogg's 580 g". Then you must purchase the 580 g box. Any flavour.
*If your coupon reads "Only good on Kellogg's Fruit Loops 530 g". Then you MUST purchase Kellogg's Fruit Loops 530 g.
*If your coupon reads "Good for Kellogg's 400-750g". Then you could purchase any box of Kellogg's WITHIN THAT SIZE RANGE of 400-780 g“
*If your coupon reads "Good for Any box of Kellogg's cereal". Then you can truly buy ANY box of Kellogg's size or flavour.
You can only use 1 coupon one time.
You can not buy 4 boxes of cereal and use the same coupon for $1.50 off cereal 4 times. The store will only be reimbursed for the first box of cereal.
Buy the right number of items.
If your coupon reads $4 off Bear Paws when you buy 3 BOXES'. Then you MUST purchase 3 BOXES to receive the 4$ off
Never Ever use an Expired Coupon!!
*** All coupons have an expiry date on them and must be used within that date!! ***
* Manufactures will not reimburse stores for expired coupons, this will cause them to lose profit and stop the acceptance of coupons in their store. This in turn will not only ruin the coupon advantage for yourself but the rest of us as well.
Limit 1 Coupon Per Purchase = use One coupon for Each Item you buy.
*If you are purchasing 3 boxes of cereal, you can use 3 coupons (one per box) . You cannot use 3 coupons on 1 box of cereal as we live in Canada and they do not allow stacking in our coupon policies.
Limit 1 Coupon Per Transaction = You can only use 1 coupon per transaction.
*If you want to use more than one, you must do multiple transactions.
Limit 1 Coupon Per Person/Family = You can only use 1 coupon per store visit.
*If you wish to use more than one coupon, you can always go back again the next day
BOGO or B1G1 = Buy One, Get One Free
B2G1 = Buy Two, Get One Free
B3G1 = Buy Three, Get One Free
$1/1, $1/2 = One dollar off one item, one dollar off two items
2/$1, 3/$2 = Two items for one dollar, three items for two dollars
FREE PRODUCT COUPON/FPC = A coupon which offers you a specified product absolutely free
PEELIES = A coupon that is attached directly to the product to be “peeled off“ often they are in-store savings or product coupons
FAR = Free After Rebate
PP = Purchase Price
RACK = Random Act of Coupon Kindness
WUB = When You Buy
RRRLF = Really, Really, REALLY looking for
PM = Price Match
OOP= Out of pocket
MIR = Mail In Rebate
ETS= Excludes trial size
GC= Gift card
UPC= Universal product code, bar code
RC = Raincheck
SCOP = Scanning Code of Practice (Not the Mouth Wash ;P)