Feb 16, 2018
When you are saving money on everything you buy, it’s important to have a clear plan or strategy for deciding when to buy. One of the biggest mistakes made with coupon shopping is buying when you really do not need a product. The second mistake, is buying this week, when you could be saving more money by waiting and buying next week. Timing is the key to successful coupon shopping.
This week is a prime example of timing. My kids love cereal. If they were doing the shopping, our kitchen shelves would look like the set of a Seinfeld shoot. A full shelf of cereal just waiting for them, and bowls that never need to be washed. Oh yes! My kids love cereal. Yet, cereal prices vary greatly week to week in grocery stores. Kelloggs have the family size boxes discounts in the Penny Pincher. The regular size boxes are discounted in the weekly sale ad. Finally, there are newspaper coupons, printable coupons, email coupons, and digital coupons all available from Kellogg’s this week.
Usually, there’s some type of cereal on sale every week. Maybe it’s Kellogg’s this week, Post next week, followed by Quaker and General Mills. Something is always on sale! Which brings us to the number one strategy for saving money. Use time to your advantage. Wait until an item is on sale to match up your coupon to the sale price and get two discounts at one. It just makes sense. In a week like this one, with all the sales, and coupons that match, it’s time to buy.
You may be thinking, “Sure, but what if we’re out of our favorite cereal NOW and it’s not on sale?” In this case, we need to start planning. Yes, you can use your coupon on one box to get you to the next sale, then when you do see your favorite on sale, don’t buy 1 box. Buy 4 boxes, and keep a supply on hand to get you to the next sale. This way every box your family consumes is a sale box with two discounts attached.
Keep your coupon stash filled with all brands of cereal coupons, all types of coupons, like printable, newspaper coupons, tearpad coupons, and direct from manufacturer mailed coupons. You never know when you are going to need them. Try to get longer term expiration date coupons. Buy up hot cereal coupons for $1 on 1, for $.08 each online. That extra $.92 cents will be worth it. Stick to your timing strategy. It’s the one rule of thumb for coupon shopping, and the one strategy that will net you the highest savings.