Let's begin with learning how to read the ads and understand the store sales.
- Grocery store ads change by every Wednesday. Get your ads and coupons on Tuesdays in the mail.
- Convenience stores (Walgreens), pharmacies (CVS) and stores like Walmart, Target change their sales by every Sunday.
- 10 for $10 sales - you don't have to buy the 10 items to get the sale.
- Mix and Match Savings- This means that you are asked to buy a set amount of items and instantly at the register you will receive a savings in dollar amount.
Example: Buy Any 8 participating items, save $4 instantly at the register. At checkout you have your groceries and along them include 8 of these items. When you pay, the register will instantly take $4.00 off. If I have 16 of the items but the limit is set to 1 reward per transaction, I place 8 items in one order and pay. Then I have the cashier ring up the other 8 in a separate transaction and I get another $4.00 off my order.
- Within ads there will be different dates set for sale items.
- Buy one, get one Free - make sure its the equal or lesser value.
- Buy x=amount, Get x=% off . Here you are asked to buy a set amount of items in order to get the savings. You will need to buy that same item and get your discount. Make sure it reads MUST BUY.
- Use your discount card. If you don't have it, you can use the registered phone number used at sign up.
- Pay attention to special discount dates at the grocery store. They will give additional percent off to a certain group on a special day.
- Ads will show the price effective dates. Make sure your ad is used on the correct week. I've gotten excited over a sale that was an old paper ad, not fun.
- Sale items not in stock? Ask for a rain check, it will enable you to buy the item at the advertised price when it is in stock. Most are good for one month after date of issue.
- Cut out the store coupons on the ad and combine them with Manufacturer coupons. Double your savings!
- Always pay attention to limits on rewards, or sale prices.
*I'm a novice couponista, I'm here to learn too so please any discrepancies, or questions please comment below.
**All stores, sales and policies vary by store become familiar with them by visiting their store sites or asking store managers.