1. If a coupon doesn’t have a size restriction, buy the smallest size.

Typically, the smaller the size of a product, the lower its price is going to be. Most often, travel or trial sizes are the least expensive. Use a coupon for these items! Some stores like Walmart actually pay out any overages, which means that you can make money if the coupon’s value is greater than the price of the product!

 

2. Match coupons with sale items to get free or really cheap items.

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That’s where we come in. Check out our Deals page often to find coupons perfectly matched with sale and clearance prices for awesome savings. I also recommend saving all your coupons until they expire, because eventually, a sale featuring that product will happen. If you have a coupon, score!

 

3. Sign up for a brand’s newsletter and “like” their Facebook page to avoid missing special offers.

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Since my family enjoys movies from Redbox, I “liked” their Facebook page, signed up for their newsletter, and now receive promotional codes for free rentals on a regular basis.

Tip: Set up a Google Alert. Just insert the phrase “Facebook freebie,” and you'll receive an email when a freebie deal goes live on Facebook.

Related: Can You Afford to Be a Couponer?

4.  Use coupon codes to help you get a free product.

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Coupon codes are found right on most retail Web sites like Kohl's. For example, at Kohl’s, you can stack up to four coupon codes per purchase:

  1. Up to one sitewide percent-off coupon code (ex: 15% off an entire purchase).
  2. Up to four department-specificpercent-off, or dollar-off coupon codes (ex: 20% off home bedding, $10 off a $30 children’s apparel purchase).
  3. Up to four Kohl’s rewards codes (ex: Kohl’s Cash and Yes2You Rewards).
  4. Up to one free shipping code (ex: free shipping on any order).

If you want the “free gift with purchase” item sometimes offered at stores like Kohl’s, make sure to stack coupon codes to save on the item you have to purchase for even bigger savings.

 

5. Contact companies directly.

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When I find a product I really like, I take a moment to send feedback. Usually it's a quick "thank you," and I make sure to mention that I really like the product. I've even directly asked for coupons. I once contacted Mars and received five coupons for free candy bars—it totally made my day!

 

6. Remember to send in those rebates!

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Recently there was a peelie (coupon sticker located on the outside of a product) on a bottle of OxiClean laundry detergent. All I had to do was purchase the bottle at its regular price, then mail in the receipt and peelie to get the full price back in a rebate. It took four weeks, but it was a nice surprise when a check came in the mail to make my OxiClean free!

Tip: I complete and mail any rebate I want to redeem immediately when I get home. This ensures that I don't forget!

 

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Related: 29 Genius (and Accurate!) Kohl’s Shopping Hacks