Coupons: Coupons are the number one weapon in a savings arsenal!
Clip and collect coupons, then wait until a big sale comes along to stack those coupons with. The highest value coupons that lead to really cheap or free items often appear when a new product, flavor, size, or formula hits the market.
Manufacturers want to promote their product, and coupons are a big form of advertisement. You can also write your favorite companies, thank them for their product, and give them feedback. As a “thank you,” they will sometimes send coupons back to you! In addition, keep an eye out for limited-print coupons on product Facebook pages and websites as these tend to be high-value.
Rewards: National drugstores each have their own form of rewards: CVS has ExtraBucks, Rite Aid has +Up Rewards, and Walgreens has Register Rewards that print out after checkout. When used in conjunction with manufacturer coupons and store coupons, these reward deals can result in super-cheap or free products. To benefit from rewards, shop at a chosen drugstore on a frequent basis, using rewards earned in the past on current transactions.
Catalinas: Catalina coupon machines located at registers dispense long receipt-like coupons that may be used on future purchases. Catalinas refer to the coupons themselves (aka “Your Bucks”) which may be manufacturer or store coupons. Some Catalina coupons are advertised and some are generated based on consumer behavior. Ad circulars often feature “Save on Your Next Order” promotions where you’ll receive a Catalina for use on a future purchase. Stack these with coupons to create rock bottom, free, or moneymaker deals!
Rebates: With back-to-school sales in full swing, there are great rebate deals going on at the office supply stores! Items like pens, copy paper, batteries, and labels can be as low as a penny or free after rebates or store reward programs. Also look for rebates at stores like Rite Aid, which has Single Check Rebates, and manufacturer rebate promotions, which are often the mail-in format. Stack these with store and manufacturer coupons for some great savings.
Overage and Moneymakers: If you have a coupon value that exceeds the price of the product (i.e., a $1.00/1 coupon and a $0.97 product), many stores will adjust the value of the coupon down so that the item is free. However, some stores like Albertsons or Walmart will actually apply the extra savings to your basket purchase, or in Walmart’s case, give cash back!