Perhaps you got some Walmart Flyers in the mail or saw some coupons online. You’ve seen coupons. Would it be worth clipping them to save a few dollars? You bet it would! Those few dollars can really add up. If a retailer is giving you an opportunity to buy something at a discount, by all means, you should take it! Just keep a few of these pro tips in mind when you’re clipping coupons. Or, rather, saving them to your phone. These aren’t your granny’s coupons, after all!
Look For Referral Programs
Word of mouth is a simple and inexpensive but effective advertisement. The retailers know this and want you to tell your friends. Wal-Mart, for instance, has a grocery referral program. You enter a friend’s info, and they get ten dollars off their first order. Once they make their purchase, you get ten dollars off your next purchase. Just remember not to stack it with other offers and that it will take three to five business days before you get your promo. Which brings us to the next pro tip:
Read the Fine Print
These coupons come with a few caveats, a few quid pro quos. Read the fine print at the bottom of the coupon to get all the details. There is almost always an expiration date for these coupons. Sorry, those coupons for Duncan Hines that you found in a 1985 Reader’s Digest from the thrift store are no good. There will also be some other details, typically that this cannot be combined with another offer. They know all the tricks. They’re not going to miss one and let you buy out the whole store with couch cushion money.
Go to Where the Coupons are
Did your mother or grandmother clip coupons while watching The Price is Right? Did either of them keep them in a cute little organizer? While the clipped paper coupon isn’t really going away any time soon, there are other places to get your coupons online. (If you’re reading this article, it’s safe to say you have internet access.) There are, for example, apps you can get on your phone that will get you access to coupons. Ibotta and Checkout51 are recommended coupon apps. You may want to visit coupon websites or join coupon-themed Facebook groups.
Well, there’s just a little something to help you get started! Be smart, be savvy and you can buy what you need at a bargain price!