Top 10 Best Ways to Use Coupons

Top 10 Ways to Use Coupons

Who doesn’t love saving money? I have been coupon for about a year. I first started when Melea on Freebies2Deals posted some great tips. Freebies2Deals.com

Money is saved is money in our pocket. We aren’t saving crazy money like on Extreme Couponing, but we save about 10% off each grocery trip, which over time adds up.

I’m always on the lookout for ideas on how to save more money and found this article.

Top 10 Best Ways to Use Coupons

Posted by Jennifer Billy on April 19, 2011

1. Know Prices- You may want to keep a price journal for a few weeks. It is important to know what items normally cost, and the lowest price it will go to when on sale. The goal is to wait to use your coupon till the item is at its lowest price. That way you can insure you are getting the rock bottom price on that item.

2. Get Organized- Having all your coupons organized will help assure that you will have them when needed. Figure out a system that works for you. This will also be important when checking out. Make sure you have your loyalty card and coupons ready to go so you do not forget to use any.

3. Read the Fine Print- Make sure to read your coupon. The picture on the coupon may not be the only item the coupon is good for.

4. Bigger isn’t Always Better- Most of the time it is more cost effective to purchase the smallest size allowable. Buying the economy size item may seem to be cheaper, however if you have multiple coupons you may even be able to get the same amount as the larger size at a much lower price because you can use more coupons. You may even be able to get travel size products for free if the coupon does not exclude it.

5. Check the Clearance Section- You can find some great deals or even get some free items when you use coupons on clearance items.

6. Multiple Transactions- Breaking up your order into multiple transactions can help you save more money. Sometimes a Catalina will only print once per transaction. So if you are purchasing more then one of that item or quantity amount, pay for each one separately.

7. Know Coupon Policies- Knowing what coupons you can use and how to use them will help eliminate any problems and possibly paying more then expected at checkout. Knowing or even having policies on hand can easily clear up confusions when checking out. Most stores will allow you to use a manufactures coupon along with a store coupon per item. You should also be allowed to use a BOGO coupon or two manufacture coupons along with a BOGO sale. This should get you two items for free.

8. Share the Savings- If you have coupons that you are not going to use, give them to someone who might. A lot of times I will give them to other shoppers or leave them by products in the store. You can also trade them. I will use WeUseCoupons to find other couponers that may need them and in return get some coupons that I needed. It is also good couponing not to clear shelves. If you know you want to get a very large amount of product then talk to the store manager. He may be able to place a special order for you.

9. Pay Attention- Watch the register when checking out. Make sure items are ringing up at the correct price and that all your coupons are scanning correctly. Also, make sure that all your Catalina coupons (Register Rewards and Extra Care Bucks) have printed. Knowing what the final price should be will help catch any mistakes also. If you couldn’t catch every scan, can be difficult with kids distracting you, then check your receipt before you leave the store. It is a lot easier and less time consuming to fix mistakes right away.

10. Be Nice- Not every transaction is going to go your way. Sometimes it will be the error of the cashier and sometimes it will be your mistake. Either way be patient. Cashiers are trying to do their best to make the customer happy while also making sure they are following the stores coupon policy. If you truly feel you are right, keep calm and nicely explain your case. If there is nothing the cashier can do then speak with the manager and have a copy of the coupon policy at hand, but be ready to listen. There may be a valid reason why they will not accept your coupon. If all else fails and you still feel you are in the right, then contact the Corporate Office.

City Deals

CityDeals - Discounts Savings and Gift Cards

Confession: since being on being on bedrest, I’ve been doing A LOT of online shopping.

My friend laughed at me when I told her I’d been getting a lot done while on bedrest. She found it an oxymoron since you’re suppose to be resting, I guess. Here’s a quick list of what I’ve been able to accomplish with online shopping:

  1. Prepare Nursery: Linens, decor and clothing
  2. Christmas Shopping: 3 year old son, husband and siblings
  3. Christmas Cards: for business and personal
  4. Basic necessities: Makeup and diapers

One nice thing with being on bedrest is that I have the TIME to research deals and find out where the best savings are. I have found that CITY DEALS has been a great resource in my research. If you haven’t heard of CITY DEALS before, check them out. They have deals for cities through out the nation, not just Salt Lake City.

RIght now there are some great gift certificate deals for local restaurants which ties in perfect tosupporting local Utah businesses in the \”Take 10 Tell 10 Shift 10 Campaign\”. !

Fizzy Bath Ball

We LOVE FIZZY BATH BALLS and have been buying them at the store, but they are kind of expensive around $2-$3 each. I thought it would be fun to make our own.

I just did a search for recipes and they look super easy. Has anyone tried these before?

We are heading to the store to buy some ingredients. Wish us luck!
What You Need:

* 2 T citric acid
* 2 T cornstarch
* 1/4 C baking soda
* 1/4 tsp fragrance oil
* 3-6 drops food color
* 3 T vegetable oil
* Mixing Bowl
* Waxed Paper
* Small Cup or Bow
Use your chemistry to make a fizzy, scented bath bomb. Make them for yourself or give them as gifts!
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 15 minutes
Here’s How:

1. Mix all dry ingredients (citric acid, cornstarch, baking soda) in the bowl.
2. In a different bowl or a small cup, mix the vegetable oil, fragrance, and coloring together.
3. Slowly incorporate the oil mixture into the dry ingredients. Mix well.
4. Place 1″ balls of the mixture on waxed paper. They will be semi-hard within 2-3 hours, but allow 24-48 for them to fully dry before storing them.
5. Store bath balls in a sealed container, away from moisture.
6. Add a few to the bath and enjoy! For gift giving, the balls may be placed in individual candy cups.

Tips:

1. Either fragrance and/or coloring is optional.
2. Suggested vegetable oils include coconut oil, avocado oil, apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil, or olive oil, although any emollient oil is good!
3. Use small molds to make three-dimensional fizzy bath shapes.

Here is where I found the recipe:
Fizzy Bath Ball

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