If you are new to the couponing world and are wondering if it is really worth it, let me share some reasons why couponing can not only make it worth your time, but also end up making you a profit. As a stay-at-home-mom who doesn’t receive a paycheck for all my hard work, (wouldn’t that be nice?), I love making a profit on coupons as I feel good about adding some cash into our budget. So here are five ways that coupons can make you money:
1) Overages – Walgreens recently had Pert Plus shampoo on sale for $3.79. They also had a $2.50 coupon in their October Easy Saver Catalog and there was a manufacturer’s coupon in the 10/19 insert in the paper for $2.00 off thus giving an overage of .71. That may not seem like much but when you have multiple coupons and overages on other products you are able to get another item you might need, but not have a coupon for, and get it for free. I do this often when I need infant tylenol, which rarely has coupons but of which I often need.
2) Catalinas – I just posted about a sweet catalina deal here and wrote about how I used a BOGO coupon on two Glade oil warmers costing me $5.49 and printing out an $8 catalina netting me $2.50. After rolling the deal over again and again I have spent around $12 or so OOP and have profitted around $76 and I still have more coupons to use.
3) Double Coupons – Safeway puts these in their weekly ads which can be found in the Sunday paper and also at the front of one of the entrances of their stores. You can use up to four manufacturers coupons with a double coupon and it will take off up to 50 cents per coupon. So if you have four $1.00 coupons then you will receive an additional $2.00 off your purchase. These can also make you an overage if you have something like a sale item which has been clearanced which you also have a coupon for and then by the time you use your double coupon you end up with a profit. They will even work on “free” coupons, for example, Meow Mix had a coupon for a free can of cat food. I used this with a double coupon and it gave me 50 cents off of the cat food even though I didn’t even pay any money for it! I was also buying yogurt so that extra 50 cents off ended up making my yogurt free, woohoo! So, even if you don’t have a use for the product, if it will make you money then do it and then donate that product to someone who can use it. Like me, Rebecca, if it is cat food. 🙂
4) Rebates – Walgreens and Rite Aid have many free after rebate items. Initially you put out the upfront cost of the items, minus any coupons, of course, and then at the end of the month you send in for your money back. There are often items such as toothpaste, medicine, chocolate ( a neccessity), and shampoo, just to name a few. After the initial cost, however, you simply continue to roll your rebate money into each months rebate items and ideally you never or rarely put out any extra money.
Couponing really is worth your time and effort and though it may seem a bit overwhelming at first, it does get easier and more second nature before too long. Really!!! Just start small and soon you will be a couponing queen.
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