Using Coupons To Get Things For Free
Are you wondering how so many couponers get things for free using coupons? Do you think that most coupons are just for $0.50 or $1 off of things that cost over $5 and that using those coupons for small savings is a waste of time?
Get Things For Free Using Coupons
Saving $0.50 on something that you were going to buy anyway is never a waste of time. Wouldn’t you rather have that $0.50 in your own pocket, instead of the store’s?
Coupons can save you tons of money if you use them strategically.
Following is a list of 4 ways that you can get things for free using coupons.
Buy the smallest size possible
The smallest size is almost always going to be the cheapest, so, as long as your coupons do not have size restrictions, you can use them on the smallest size item available. Most of the time, this means travel size items.
Let’s say you have a $1 coupon for Colgate toothpaste. Many stores sell travel size Colgate toothpaste for just $1. If you use that $1 coupon on the travel size Colgate, you will get the toothpaste for free.
Check the clearance section
Many stores have a section for clearance items. They may even have a few sections all over the store. Find out where these are in your stores and then check them out whenever you go shopping. You never know what you will find.
Items can go on clearance for a variety of reasons. The item is about to expire, the item is not selling very well, or the store simply has an overstock and needs to clear out some inventory. Whatever you do, if you buy clearance merchandise, be sure to check the expiration date and make sure that there is nothing physically wrong with the item before you make your purchase.
Some stores have a sticker or shelf tag with the clearance price on it, but others (such as Real Canadian Superstore, No Frills, and other Loblaws banner stores) have a 50% (or other percentage) off sticker. Whatever the item scans at, you would get 50% off of that price. Then, add in your coupons and you’re sure to get some free stuff!
Purchase mail-in rebate items
Mail-in rebate items don’t require you to use a coupon when you purchase them, but if you do, you will actually make money on your purchase.
For example, let’s say you want to submit a mail-in rebate for a specific brand of hairspray. The hairspray costs $4.99 at the store and you also have a $2 off coupon for that same product. You can use the $2 coupon, pay $2.99 for the item, and then submit the mail-in rebate and get back the full $4.99.
That means you were paid to buy that product.
Note: Be sure to read your mail-in rebate form carefully, as some restrict the use of coupons.
Use coupons on sale items
Unless you really need to buy something, try holding on to your coupons until things go on sale. When you match a coupon to a sale price, you can usually get things for free or very, very cheap.
You will find the best sale items (also known as “loss leaders”) on the front and back pages of your sale flyers. Do peek through the entire flyer though, because you never know what will be inside.
When you’re looking through your flyers, write down the best deals, and then check to see if you have any coupons to add, to make the deal(s) even sweeter.
Just because many coupons are for low values, doesn’t mean you will never be able to get items for free or cheap when using them.
Be patient. It is possible! Try out some of the suggestions above and you’ll see just how easy it is to get things for free using coupons.