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Hey, Big Spender Get what you bargain for with these cost-saving tips from coupon queen Joni Meyer-Crothers.
1 Collect ’Em All “The Sunday paper isn’t the only place to find coupons,”Meyer-Crothers says. “You can print them from sites like Coupons.com and RedPlum.com. There’s also an app called Ibotta that allows you to shop first and reap the savings later. Simply buy featured items, scan the barcode and receipt, and the app credits your PayPal account accordingly.”
2 Shop Sales “Blogs like my own, FreeTastesGood.com, post links to coupons that correspond with items already on sale. That almost always translates to ‘free’ or ‘very cheap.’ Some stores, including Target, Walgreens, and Rite Aid, allow you to use a manufacturer’s coupon on top of a store coupon for even more savings.”
3 Let Go of Loyalty “Because sales come in cycles and some products have higher-value coupons than others, the more brand loyal you are, the less you’re going to save. I grew up using Tide, but I’ve found that it’s very hard to get for free. You can get it for cheap—$2 to $3—but never for free. Purex and All you can get for free by watching for sales and combining coupons.”
4 Think Small “A 6-ounce tube of Arm & Hammer toothpaste costs about $4, whereas the trial size costs a dollar. If you have a coupon for a dollar off any Arm & Hammer toothpaste and there’s no size restriction, you can get the trial size for free. Seven trial sizes equal one 6-ounce tube.”
5 Take A Rain Check “If a sale item is no longer in stock, go to the customer service desk and ask for a rain check. It allows you to purchase the item at the sale price when it’s available again. By the time it’s back in stock, there may be a better coupon to make the price even lower.”
Joni Meyer-Crothers is the author of Extreme Couponing: Learn How to Be a Savvy Shopper and Save Money…One Coupon at a Time.
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