Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Your MBA in Couponing & Deal Making: Lesson One - TAPS
Couponing is indeed a strategy, it is both an art and a science. After all, if getting rock bottom deals was so easy, everyone would be doing it, right? Couponing requires some things that most people just don't want to deal with, such as:
There is also time in finding coupon matchups. That is, for the best deals, matching up your coupons with local sales ads is the way to go. This takes time, luckily, there are a lot of blogs that will show you coupon match ups for your favorite stores. I love it when they do the work for me! I usually, follow their blog, like them on Facebook and subscribe to the blogs that take time to do this as a token of my appreciation. But you still may find deals that the blogs haven't found that may just be specific to your local store, keep your eye out for these!
You have to be assertive sometimes (not rude), as the person behind the register may not be well-versed in dealing with coupons. So know your stuff and stand your ground!
The more planning you can do at home, the smoother your shopping trip will be and the more you will save.
Depending on the store you shop you may need a different strategy. If I am shopping a Harris Teeter Super Doubles event I am making a bee line to the hot items...those items that are free or super cheaper after coupon as those tend to go the fastest.
Don't forget about rewards programs. If I can get two items at the same price, at two different stores I will opt for the store that gives me rewards or points. If soap is the same price, same quanity, same brand at Walmart and CVS, I am going to get it from CVS. Why? Because CVS gives you 2% back on your purchases each quarter, Walmart gives you nothing.
Finally, just because you have a coupon does not mean you need to buy an item. Your goal is to find the best deals and save the most money coupon or not.