Knowing Prices Gives You the Advantage on Every Shopping Trip


It's very important to know the range of possible prices for the items you buy regularly.


Spending a little time tracking these prices will give you the best opportunities for saving on these items, and will give you a better understanding of how the stores near you offer discounts in general.

Video: Couponer 101: Knowing Prices

As a couponer, one of the most important rules is to know your prices. You have to know when the product is actually a good deal.

How to Learn the Prices on Your Favorite Grocery Store Items


Prices can vary widely on some items. It's possible that a frequent sale price is even better than the discount you can receive from using a coupon on that item at its everyday price.


We'll give you a heads-up on great deals when we see them, but being able to spot a great sale price on an item and then applying any coupons you may have is a strategy worth mastering.


Stay Focused


Pick one or two items that you are already familiar with and buy often.


Make a chart or list of the prices you see for that item over the course of 4-6 weeks.


If the item doesn't go on sale very often, then extend that period. If you have time, include several stores, but concentrating on one will give you a general idea.


Stay Organized


It's simple to keep a notepad on hand while you're doing your regular shopping, just remember to check on your targeted item whether you're buying it that day or not. Or use a note-taking app on your phone... whatever is most comfortable for you.


Choose the Right Time to Use Your Coupons


Once you have an idea of what a great price for an item looks like, you can choose when to apply your coupons most effectively.


You'll develop a sense of when it's a good idea to stock up on an item that won't be available at that price for some time.


Stockpiling food or personal items when you can get them at or near their lowest prices can save you lots of money over time.


Combining this knowledge with an efficient method of organizing your coupons will give you the best opportunities to save money each week.


The first few days after you clip a coupon may not be the best time to use it, and you'll only know this if you have a good feel for the range of possible prices.


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75¢ OFF - Ken’s® Steak House Dressings

75¢ OFF

Ken’s® Steak House Dressings

ONE (1) Bottle of Ken’s® Steak House Dressings, 16oz or larger

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$3.00 OFF

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Buy any TWO Kellogg's® Special K® Cereals, Get ONE FREE (Up to $3.99)

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Save 90¢

Campbell's® Chunky™ Soup

on any THREE (3) Campbell's® Chunky™ Soups

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Angel Soft®

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