If you were shopping on a budget before you started couponing, chances are you frequented supercenters most often. But now that coupons play a big role in how you save money, drugstores and high-end grocery stores with stellar promos may be your new favorites. However, you can still save at supercenters by knowing these tricks of the trade:
Price Matching: Two major supercenters, Target and Walmart, ad-match competitor prices. This can be a great asset if you are short on time or, as often happens, your local grocery and drugstores have low stock. Walmart can price match at the register along with your regular purchases, and Target ad-matches at customer service. Some restrictions include only matching “before reward” pricing, not matching generics with other store generics (must be same product in size, flavor, etc), and some other specifics. Check out Walmart’s ad match policy and Target’s policy before shopping.
Generics: Matching sale prices with coupons on name brand items make up the majority of a Krazy Couponer’s hot stockpile buys. But if you’re new to couponing, you may not have all the basics due to sale cycles (i.e. when seasonal products are on sale during the year, such as baking supplies during the holidays, BBQ condiments in the summer, and school supplies in the fall). In this case, shopping generics at a supercenter may be your best bet to hold you over until a stock up price comes around.
One-Stop: A major advantage of supercenters is the convenience of being able to buy groceries, personal care items, clothing, appliances, and sporting goods all under one roof. This is great if you’re low on time or have limited stores in your area. Examples include Fred Meyer and Meijer; and some Target, Walmart, and Kmart locations offer a full grocery section.
Clearance: One of the best times to shop supercenters is at clearance events. KCL favorites feature seasonal clothing and goods marked down up to 90%, Target’s semi-annual toy clearance, and holiday decorations and food.
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