By now you understand that couponing can save you money, but are you really getting the most out of your coupon?
There are a few more ways to squeeze more bang for your buck out of a coupon to drastically reduce your out-of-pocket cost for everyday items.
Combine with sales:
Never. Ever. Use a coupon on an item that is not on sale. It is just throwing money away! Most items that have coupons available don’t expire so there is no need to use that coupon on a full retail price, especially once you have a stockpile started up and you can sustain yourself off the supplies in it until the next great sale comes along.
Combine with clearance:
Clearance sales are where some of my best couponing finds come from. Whenever you are in a store look for the clearance section. It is usually in the back corner tucked away in a place most people would never look. You can often find great deals there where you can walk away with free products once you use a coupon on the item.
Combine with Cash back apps:
As I mentioned in a previous Sawchuk On Your Side post, you can often use cash back apps to save more money than couponing alone would net you.
Combine with store loyalty programs:
Coupons can also be combined with store loyalty offers. Programs such as Shoppers Optimum, and PC Points now offer tailored offers towards products you already buy. Using a coupon in combination with these offers reduces your cost even further as the points can be used towards future purchases.
In a future post, I will compare Canada’s loyalty programs to help you understand their strengths and weaknesses and how to get the most out of them.