Extreme Couponing Tip: Shirk Brand Loyalty to Save Big!
One of the obstacles to becoming a Krazy Couponer is brand loyalty. Learn to shirk brand loyalty in order to save money. Whether it’s Tide detergent, Ultra Soft Charmin, or Wheaties cereal, there is always a loyal customer base that refuses to try anything new. But when you have great sales to match with coupons, you can branch out and perhaps find an equal or superior product for less.
Keep an open mind: Don’t be afraid to try a new product or a different brand. We can often get stuck in a rut, buying the same products over and over. Add some variety to your rotation by branching out with new flavors and varieties. If there’s a taste you can’t live without, try looking at the “on sale” brands with similar ingredients.
Newly launched: A big advantage to being loyal to coupons rather than brands is the ability to try the newest products. When manufacturers launch a new item, they often advertise with a high value coupon for you to try it out. Some new favorites include Peanut Butter Multigrain Cheerios, Pretzel M&Ms, Annie’s Homegrown Pizza, Downy Unstoppables, and Honey Bunches of Oats Fruit Blends.
Generics: When there just aren’t coupons for what you need (such as cream soups in the middle of summer or BBQ sauce in the winter), feel free to try the store brand or the generic to tide you over until the next sale cycle. Many times generics are manufactured by the same company as the name brand or taste similar (or better!) than their counterparts.
If you have a brand loyal family member who just can’t budge, it’s okay to have brand loyalty for one product. 🙂