The first coupon came to us via Coca-Cola in 1887 and was good for one free glass of Coke. Fast forward billions of coupons and over 120 years later and we now have online coupons. Online coupons offer several benefits such as convenience, easier access and availability. Of course, they also offer excellent savings, especially on major sale holidays such as Memorial Day or Black Friday. These 7 online coupon tips can help you save even more money.
- Time Your Purchases
According to studies, retailers are more likely to offer coupon codes during certain months of the year, and the discounts those coupons offer during these months are also greater. It makes sense, therefore to time your purchases for the best coupon months. October is considered the best time of year for online coupons, but November is also a good month because of Cyber Monday and Black Friday. Other months with major holidays are also considered to be good online coupon months.
- Use Coupon Apps
Coupon apps make it easier to search for online coupons because they automatically show you a list of relevant coupon codes while you shop. However, the real savings from coupon apps come from the apps that let you compare all the online coupons so that you’re able to choose and apply the coupons that will save you the most money.
- Use the Overage
Sometimes your coupons will exceed the sale price of an item, which produces what is called an overage. Unfortunately, many stores don’t give you the cash to make up for the difference. However, you can have the overage applied to other items you’re purchasing, so that you can still get the full value of the coupon.
- Alternate Stores
Savvy shoppers know that different stores offer sales on their products at different times of the year, so by alternating the stores you shop at you’ll have more opportunities to use your coupons on already discounted products.
- Learn the Coupon Jargon
You can maximize savings by learning the coupon jargon. For instance, ‘BOGO’ means buy one, get one and ‘double coupon deal’ means you can use a coupon and get twice its face value. Knowing the jargon will help you recognize and take advantage of these extra discounts.
- Stack Coupons
Stacking coupons simply means using both the manufacturer’s coupon and a store coupon for your purchase. Sometimes you can even end up with a free product. For example, if you apply a $1.00 off manufacturer’s coupon and a $1.00 off store coupon to the purchase of a $2.00 jar of peanuts, you’ll end up getting a free jar of peanuts!
- Buy in Bulk
Don’t be averse to buying in bulk. When you use coupons on items that are on sale and buy those items in bulk using multiple coupons, your savings can really add up. Just make sure you have ample storage for your bulk purchases.