One thing you NEED to know is how to follow store sale cycles and stock up on items when they are at their rock bottom price. This is key in getting cheap or free items. Most store sales cycles run about every 6-8 week. Keep an eye out for an item to go on sale and document how long it takes for that same item to go on sale again. My stores run their sales about every 2 months. Wait for items to go on Super Sale, use your coupons, and buy enough of that item to last until the next sale cycle. For example: On a normal week, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes cereal is $3.99. You could go in to the store every week and use a $1 off coupon, making the item $2.99. Is that a good deal? I think not. What you want to do is wait for the Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes to go on sale: sale price $1.99. Use your $1 off coupon now and get the cereal for $.99. If you bought 4 boxes of cereal in one month at regular price with coupons, you would spend roughly $12.00. If you wait and buy 4 boxes of cereal when its on sale, you would spend roughly $4 with coupons. That’s an $8.00 savings in a month on just cereal. Imagine how much you could save when you add the rest of your groceries in there. Let’s move on to the coupons.
Stacking coupons is a GREAT way to maximize your savings. When I say stacking your coupons, I mean using (1) manufacturer coupon and (1) store coupon on the same item. Most stores will allow you to do this, but it’s best if you contact your store and ask if they allow this. If they do, that means you can save bundles of money on your items. Here is an example of how this works:
Now, that you understand stacking coupons, let’s move on to something a little more difficult: buy one get one free deals.
Buy One Get One Free/BOGO:
This is where things can get a little tricky. If your store offers a buy one get one free deal on an item, you can use multiple coupons on those items. That means if your store allows it, you can even use coupons on the free items, making your final out of pocket cost minimal. Here is how it works:
This is another trick of the trade that ALL couponers should be aware of before going on your shopping trip. If you can master this art, and couponing is an art, then you are in for the savings of a lifetime. Get your scissors ready….I want to save some money, how about you?
Thanks: Southern Savers