Coupon Tip: Know Prices and Buy When On Sale
Stock-up at Low Prices
It’s important to know what a good price is for products that you purchase on a regular basis. As silly as this sounds, many people don’t actually know what a good price is and you’ll save a lot more money and stretch your dollar by knowing when an item you want to buy is at it’s lowest price and using the coupon at that time.
You will always get something at a better price when you buy it when it’s on sale and NOT when you need it!
Here’s an example:
Ricola Cough Drops
Regular Price $2.49 at Walgreens
These often go on sale (monthly) for $0.99-$1.29 range
Using: $1/2 Ricola Bags coupon (or a RR deal or Balance Reward Points) when available
If you use this coupon when Ricola are at their regular price, you are paying $4.98 for two bags when you use the coupon, more than you would pay buying two bags on sale without the coupon! If you use a coupon when the price of an item is at it’s lowest sale price (as opposed to when you might NEED it), you could pay as low as $0.49 per bag. That’s a huge difference!
One way to learn best prices is to carry a notebook with you when you shop (or use a your cell phone) and input each price for items that you regularly buy when you shop. Do this for four-six weeks and you’ll start to see sale cycles for the items you purchase regularly and you’ll figure out what the lowest sale price would be. When the item is at that price, buy it pair it with coupons and stock-up! You can reserve your coupons for the lowest sale price or have enough knowledge to know if it’s better to wait for a sale or use your coupon on the current price if the coupon is going to expire.