With years spent in the couponing game, I’ve learned people have all sorts of wild ideas about coupons and couponers. You’ve undoubtedly heard the tall tales but now it is time to set the record straight.
People often ask me to share advice with them on the most important thing they can do to cut their grocery bill and keep more money. Without hesitation, I urge them, “Stop buying what you need!” This sounds confusing because it flies in the face of how 95% of us shop. We typically wait until we’re out of a product, add it to the shopping list, and buy it along with all the other items we absolutely need that week. Somehow, we equate leaving other products off our list as “doing without” in order to save money.
How do you get the best prices on cleaning supplies? In my experience, the drug store chains are your best bet. Often, you can apply your coupons from your Sunday paper (or printed from the Internet) to some fantastic sales – or deals that involve getting money back at the register. At Walgreens, you’ll get Register Rewards. At CVS it’s Extra Care Bucks. At Rite Aid, it’s +Up Rewards. Each of these can generally be used on your very next purchase.
If you’d like to fill a shelf or two at home with your favorite cleaning supplies, you can stock up over the next few weeks and pay a fraction of what you’d spend over the course of a year. Buying cleaning supplies only when you need them is the most expensive way to go. Here are some examples of deals we saw last year to give you an idea of what to expect in the weeks ahead. These deals were pulled from our online database at SavingsAngel.com. Note that this was only one week – and doesn’t come close to revealing all the deals you’ll find over the next four to five weeks.
One of my favorite parts of my work is sitting down and talking with women and men who are shopping for their families. I visit with families that shop the sales and seldom buy a product unless it’s on sale. I think that’s great they do this. I also visit with families who use coupons on the products they regularly buy. I think using coupons is great. However, savings ‘magic’ truly comes from applying your very high value coupons on top of your great local sales while taking advantage of all the other savings opportunities that exist. These savings combinations are how we calculate most of the 60%-80% off products each week.
One of the most surprising things people learn when they start shopping with SavingsAngel is that they can apply more than one coupon or discount on a single product. Although this concept is a bit confusing at first, it helps to understand the different categories of discounts:
1. Store Sales
2. Manufacturer Coupons
3. Store Coupons
4. Register Rewards / Extra Care Bucks / Catalinas
5. Manufacturer Rebates
6. Store Rebates
7. Other promotions / incentives
How to ‘stack’ discounts.