Do you play the “coupon game?”
I am trying to figure it all out, and attempting to commit it all to memory since saving money has become even more important and necessary lately. I also want to play this game considering the extraordinary amount of money my friends save each month on groceries doing just this. With a semi-large family (8), we spend a great deal each month on groceries alone. I guess if I had a good grip on all of this coupon stuff a long time ago, we would be in better shape now, but…I can’t go back.
So, here goes:
BOGO’s get 2 coupons, 1 for each item…you can use two coupons for the same item if one is a store coupon & the other is a manufacturer coupon (this is called “stacking”). Some stores will match/accept competitor’s coupons, but you need to check first. That’s all I know, and it’s not much, but it is a start.
Using just those few tips, I went grocery shopping (mini-trip) with the intent of purchasing only those things on the list that I had coupons for…and guess what? The cashier harassed me a little, saying that the things I was trying to do were not SOP, yet she humored me anyway and a bill that should have been about $80, was only $37! I admit, I was a little intimidated by the cashier (as anything new is uncomfortable until you’ve mastered it and can speak confidently on the subject), but I was also encouraged by the savings of MORE than 50%!!!
Please share your tips and your confidence with me! I want to keep doing this! =)