Since the emergence of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control has issued numerous guidelines promoting the importance of proper hygiene and hand washing to prevent the virus from spreading. As a result, consumers have been flocking to local stores in droves and shopping online to purchase bulk quantities of antibacterial and other products. Retailers barely have been able to keep up with the demands as consumers fear running out of these items not knowing when shelves will be restocked. Items such as toilet paper, paper towels, Clorox wipes, Lysol, and hand sanitizer have become hot commodities. However, there’s a segment of the population called Couponers who have had their feet kicked up while watching the hysteria because not only had they already stockpiled a three-to-six month supply of these and other items; they were able to purchase them well below the market price or sometimes for free. If you’re wondering how it all works, let me show you how!
To be successful in stockpiling, you first need to collect at least three to five coupon inserts. Where do you get them from you ask? They can be found in your local Saturday or Sunday newspaper; or by printing from online websites such as coupons.com, retailmenot.com, smartsource.com, shared by neighbors, or even at the gas stations. It takes an average of three months to build a stockpile. If you’re strategic and consistent in your approach, you will be successful and could possibly save hundreds of dollars monthly or even thousands in a year’s time, depending on the number of items purchased. That’s pretty amazing! Start with regularly used household items such as toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, and detergent because you know they will not go to waste. Secondly, create a budget for couponing such as $10 a week, and then the following week focus on another item until your stockpile is built. It’s that simple.
For example, my family loves Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce. I notice that it’s on sale at Dollar General and it’s advertised for “buy one, get one free (BOGO)”. The regular price is $2 and I have a coupon for $1 off of one item. If I have two coupons, I leave the store with four bottles for FREE! The strategy used is to match the ad to a coupon to maximize the savings. Goal is to match the ad to a coupon!
Helpful Tip – Be sure to read the fine print on the coupon or ad circular! One coupon per purchase is typically printed in fine print on most coupons. For example, words like “purchase” or “purchase of item” mean you can only use one type of coupon for each individual item purchased, i.e., purchase 20 items, use 20 coupons.
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