So, I have been researching this whole couponing thing lately... I think I have figured some of it out. This is NOT extreme couponing though. This is the level of couponing that I can handle. As a full-time professional, a mom, and a wife (who supports her husband's business), I do not really have the time to drive here, there, and everywhere to get something for "Free." There are plenty of sites out there that will show you how to do this. If you are looking for this, just go to YouTube and search, "Teach me how to Extreme Coupon."
Here's What I've Found Out During My Short Amount of Research:
Three Game-Changing Techniques to Make Your Coupons Work for You
1. You have to have an inventory of coupons. You are not going to get great deals after one weekend of clipping coupons. The best deals happen between two to four weeks after a coupon is publish. (If you think about this, it makes sense. The companies want to drive you toward making a purchasing decision. They want you to clip the coupon and put the item in your cart only to get to the register having forgotten where you put the coupon. Does this sound familiar? I think I have done this a dozen times, at least, in my life.) Coupons are everywhere; it is just that most of us tune them out. Check for coupons in the Sunday paper, online (top producers are: Coupons.com, Red Plum, and Smart Source), on products (stickies), on the shelf (blinkies), at the cash register (catalinas), on social media manufacturer sites, booklets, and mail delivered. Collect as many as these as possible. Even if you are not in a buying position at the moment, you may reconsider if you can get something at a fraction of its original price.
2. Coupons are stackable. This means if you have a manufacturer's coupon that you
clipped out of the Sunday paper, you can also use a store coupon on top of it. WOW! I have no idea about this. So, in the pictured deal, this is how it works out: Wegmans sells Kraft Salad Dressing for $2.19 at my local store (check the Wegmans app for detail on your local prices--this app can save you valuable time inside of the store). Then I have a manufacturer's coupon for $1.00 off of two (2) bottles. So, it would be $4.38 for two bottles of the dressing minus (-) $1.00, which equals $3.38 for 2 bottles or $1.69 per bottle. Then I have $0.50 off of one (1) bottle of Kraft dressing. So, the total is now $2.88 for 2 bottles or $1.44 per bottle. This is what I am going to purchase the dressing for, but I could even wait to see if I can find another $0.50 coupon for the other bottle to bring the total for both bottles to $2.38 or $1.19 per bottle. (I received the $0.50 Wegmans coupon on the back of a receipt. These types of coupons are called Catalinas or Check Out Coupons.)
3. The search term you are looking for is: Matchups. When you go to your favorite search engine to look for what coupons will stack for a good deal and which ones won't, use the search term matchup. Do you need diapers (like I constantly seem to) and have a bunch of different coupons for Huggies, Pampers, and Luvs? Pick the brand you really want and type this in the search engine, "Coupon matchups for Huggies." Then watch the results return. This process will allow you to zero in on those products you really want, without having to look through every store's deals.
Good luck and please let me know if these tips help you to save some time. I'm gearing up for my weekly shopping trip tomorrow morning. I'll let you know how it works out.