Taking a few minutes to understand the basic coupon guidelines will make couponing much easier for you down the line.
Store policies and the coupons themselves provide valuable information if you know what to look for.
Over time, all of these tips will seem like second nature, but they are useful points to keep in mind when you are just starting out.
One key to making the most of your coupons is having an understanding of some of the common phrases and vocabulary.
In addition to some of the coupon lingo found in blog posts and discussions, be sure to get familiar with the language of the coupons themselves.
For instance, the phrase "limit one coupon per purchase on products indicated only" does not mean that you can only use one coupon on that trip to the store, it just means that you need one coupon for each of the items in question.
If you purchase two qualifying items and have two coupons, you can use both.
Read the fine print of the offer closely.
"Limit one per customer" or "limit four per shopping trip" mean exactly what the phrases say: that you can only use that number of coupons under that particular condition.
Another common term is "maximum value".
If, for instance, you have a BOGO coupon and the item you think you are getting for free costs more than the maximum value stated on the coupon, you will have to pay the difference.
Generally, the maximum value is high enough to cover the cost of the item, but it's good to be aware just in case.
Pay attention to the basic requirements of the offer.
If a Tide detergent coupon states "save $1.00 on the purchase of two," then the discount applies to the purchase of both Tide products, not one or the other.
The same coupon covers the two items listed in the requirements.
Be sure to understand the size and type of the items involved, as well.
Sometimes the photographs on the coupon can steer you toward buying the larger or more expensive of the qualifying products, when the offer itself does not require the purchase of a specific size or type.
Don't forget to look closely at the expiration dates and the brand specifics for each offer.
Sometimes it's easy to overlook these basic requirements during a hectic day when you've already been through a thick stack of other coupons.
on any TWO (2) CloroxÂ® participating products*
when you buy TWO(2) PostÂ® PEBBLESâ„˘ cereals (any variety, 11 oz or larger)
on ONE (1) Hillshire FarmÂ® Lit'l SmokiesÂ® Product
on any one (1) NEUTROGENAÂ® Acne product (excludes bar soaps, travel sizes, and clearance products)
any ONE (1) LysolÂ® Toilet Bowl Cleaner
ZEBRA Stainless Steel writing instruments (F-301Â®, M-301Â®, G-301Â®, F-402Â®, G-402Â®, F-701Â®, PM-
on any one (1) NEUTROGENAÂ® Makeup Face product (excludes makeup removers, travel sizes, and clearan
on any one (1) NEUTROGENAÂ® Makeup Lip or Eye product (excludes travel sizes and clearance products)
on any TWO Kellogg'sÂ® Frosted Mini-WheatsÂ® Cereals
On any SuavitelÂ® Liquid Fabric Softener (44.0 oz or larger)