One of the most important (yet hardest to practice) tenets of the Krazy Couponer is patience. Many beginners get a coupon and rush out to the store to use it, regardless if the item is on sale or not. Seasoned veterans know better. They wait for the perfect storm: When the stars of sales, coupons, rewards and rebates align.
Rock Bottom: Learn what items typically go on sale every month by checking out the Sale Cycles. Stock up when items go on sale and don’t pay full price later. For example, winter is the best time to stock up on Christmas clearance, gift card promotional offers, cold medicine, soups, stuffing, and baking staples!
Rebates and Rewards: Rebate payments can take a few weeks to arrive. But they're worth the wait because they help save more in the long run. Also keep a lookout for reward programs or Catalina offers to pair with low sale prices and high value coupons.
Expiration Dates: Most coupons expire within three months of issue. That's plenty of time to wait for a great sale to use the coupon. But don't worry if a sale doesn’t materialize. Coupons, like fashion, are cyclical, which means they are likely to be seen again! Don't feel pressure to use them until the time is right.
There is a Season: Wait to buy items until they are in season and generally at the lowest price. Practicing patience is difficult, but crucial. For example, watermelon and raspberries might sound great in the winter, but hold off until summer. Instead, buy and enjoy what is on sale, such as oranges and pomegranates.