Stores around the country have different policies when it comes to accepting coupons. Some stores double, triple or even quadruple coupons, while others will take coupons at face value only. If your local stores do not double or increase the value of your coupons, you may think you are missing out on great deals. The truth is, double coupons is a small part of the savings equation. You don’t need double coupons to save money. Here’s why.
Most stores that do double, triple or quadruple coupons will only do so up to $1.00. In most cases, no matter what store you shop at, a coupon valued at $1 or more will only be taken at face value.
Have you noticed how many coupons are actually already valued at $1 or more? In the past few years, manufacturers have been issuing less lower value coupons good off of one item and instead have opted to put out higher valued coupons good for two or more products. If the bulk of the coupons you have are already worth more than $1, you have most of the savings already.
If the ability to double coupons isn’t a huge factor in the savings equation, what is? Here’s some tips to help you maximize your savings.
Paying attention to sales, using coupons as much as possible and avoiding the last minute “I need” shopping trips can net huge savings. You can get coupons from the Sunday paper but an even easier source of coupons comes from various internet sites. Check out the Coupon Sense database of internet coupons. You can do a quick search to find the coupons you need. Those $.50 and $.75 coupons add up to a lot of savings over time so use them.
Get Multiple Sets of Coupons
You don’t have to have 25 copies of a coupon to be successful. You can get 2-5 sets of coupons each week and see a huge savings. When a product that you use is at a bottom price, stock up using multiple coupons.
Buy at the Bottom of a Sales Cycle
All items reach highs and lows in their price-points over time. Most items are at a bottom price every couple months. Print off the Coupon Sense “Never Pay More List.” This gives you an idea of what good and great prices are, and you can plan your shopping accordingly. Whether or not an item has a coupon, it has a “stock up” price. Doubled coupons have no effect on this; stock up when the price is right.
Menu Plan using Pantry Items
Eliminate waste by making a menu using the items from your pantry that you already purchased using coupons. How much money are you throwing away every time something goes bad in your refrigerator? No amount of couponing can make up for this. Be conscious of what you have and use it accordingly.
Did you notice that doubled coupons was not on the list? Yes, value added coupons can be an extra savings, but it’s not as significant in your savings percentage as the above concepts. If you live in an area where doubled coupons is not a factor, do not despair. You can still have the savings. Sharpen those scissors and get clipping!