Advanced Couponing Strategies

Coupon Clipping Strategies for Bargain Shopping Black Belts

How advanced are your couponing strategies? Creativity pays big dividends when it comes to couponing. Learn how to increase your coupon savings with ten slick strategies.

Stack Coupons

Clipping Coupons
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You can stack plates, you can stack laundry, but did you know that you can stack coupons too? Stacking means using more than one coupon for the same item or for money off your entire purchase. Increase your savings by combining a manufacturer coupon with a store coupon for the same item, or take it to the savings extreme by combining a manufacturer coupon with a store coupon, a sale and a rebate.

Pick Up Papers When You Travel

Did you know that the Sunday coupon inserts vary from region to region? It's true, and in fact, it's great news if you like to travel. Pick up a Sunday paper whenever you go out of town, and you're likely to net coupons that you've never seen before.

Buy Extra Papers When the Coupons are Good

Did this week's paper have a bunch of good coupons for items you love? Then, consider buying an extra copy – or copies. If you know that the coupons in this week's paper will save you $12, then spending $2 on another paper makes sense.

  • Tip: Some stores discount their Sunday papers on Monday morning. Find out if there are any stores in your area that do this.
  • Tip: Swing by your local coffee shop, fast food or breakfast cafe and see if you can pick up inserts that other people left behind.

Combine BOGO Sales with BOGO Coupons

Like freebies? Then try this: combine a buy-one-get-one-free coupon with a buy-one-get-one-free sale, and you'll get both items free. Not all stores allow this, but when you find one that does, it's a pretty sweet deal.

Use Competitor's Coupons

Lots of stores accept competitor coupons. Find out which ones do. Then, work those coupons:

Coupon the Clearance Rack

Clearance prices are good, but they can get even better. Carry your coupons with you at all times, and you'll be ready to match coupons on the fly.

Coupon in the Trial Section

Most coupons specify the size of the product that must be purchased, but when they don't it's an invitation to get creative. Take your "any size" coupons to the trial size section of the store, and match them up to those pint-sized goodies. Then, load your cart with lots of free loot.

Triple Your Savings

Many grocery stores double coupons, but some will even triple them from time to time. Do a little research to see if such a store exists in your area. Then, keep those coupons neatly filed and ready to go.

Add Coupons to Your Grocery Card

Before you head to the store, take a second to load coupons to your grocery card. Combined with clipped and printed coupons, your savings will be record-setting:

Look for Coupons Everywhere

Coupons can pop up anywhere (and I do mean anywhere). Keep an eye out for fresh coupon sources, and you're sure to find lots: