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Extreme Couponing Tip: Be Wary of 10 for $10 Sales

Take a look at a store ad flyer and you’ll likely find an advertisement for “10 items for $10” or a 5/$5 sale. But you’ll always want to double check before jumping on these deals.

Almost all “10 for $10” sales DO NOT require the customer to purchase 10 items to get each one for $1 unless specifically stated otherwise. Many rookie shoppers assume that 10 items must be purchased to cash in on the deal, even though they may only need five of that item. Thus, the store makes a bigger profit this way than simply listing the product as “$1 each.”

While some 10 for $10 deals are bargains, others are a far cry from a stock up price, meant to entice the casual shopper into thinking that if it has a sale tag, it must be a good price. For instance, a can of light chunk tuna or a box of Pasta Roni are not stock up prices at $1 each, but $1 is a good price for 16 ounces of sour cream or a pound of lasagna noodles. The trick is learning what a stock up price is for the items you buy frequently. A general rule Krazy Couponers use is to stock up when an item is 70% off or more, though this may vary by product and what your family preferences are. Check out the Krazy Coupon Lady stock up price list for a nice guideline on good vs. great stock up prices. Also keep an eye out for the KCL stock up symbols on deal match ups, where this symbol 

 indicates a decent stock-up price (get 1-3 months’ worth) or this symbol 
, which indicates a HOT price (buy a 4 month supply or more if possible).