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Monday, August 25, 2008

Coupon Tips-What I've Learned and a Question

Watch for buy-one-get-one coupons (BOGO) Use these when your store has a BOGO sale and get both items free. If you have a $$ off coupon for this product, you may be able to justify using the BOGO on the 1st and the $$ off on the second. I've learned that many make money this way but be prepared if that $$ off coupon is denied. Hey, at least everything is still free.

When a coupon says "any" (versus "excludes trial size") you can use it on trial size products to get it for cheap, free, or to make money. Examples:

Use a $1Q off any Axe shave product on the $1.50 trial size-cheap.

Use $1Q off any Head & Shoulders product on the $1 trial size-free.

Use $1.50 off any Sunsilk shampoo or conditioner on the $1 trial size-$.50 overage!

I just used the Sunsilk coupon at K-Mart. The extra $.50 came off my other purchases. They will not give you back the $.50 and if you have nothing to put the extra money toward you may not be able to use the coupon. You could always get a free candy bar but I'm not sure anything is sold for $.50 these days! The coupon was in the 08/17RP.

If your store doubles coupons, all coupons under $1 are potentially worth $1. Always keep this in the back of your mind when looking through your coupons and sales papers. A coupon for $.50 of any French's Mustard will result in that product being free if it's on sale for $1 as it is a lot of the time.

Watch for high value coupons. When something goes on sale, offers rebates and you have that whopper, well, you may get something for free or real cheap.

Here is my question. It doesn't keep me up at night, and it may not be worth the while to ask or answer but here goes:
You have 2 coupons from the same manufacturer, same value. One is for a specific product and the other is for any product. The "any" coupon expires 09/01, the "specific" coupon expires 09/15. You want to buy the "specific" product. Do you use the "specific" coupon and hope that you have a chance to use the "any" coupon before it expires or do you use the coupon that is about to expire and risk running into a deal that will make you regret using the "any" coupon?

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