When you go grocery shopping, think of coupons as cash. They WILL save you any out of pocket expense.
Coupon policies are driven by the local competitors. This is why they vary from city to city and state to state. The majority of stores do have a corporate policy, but your local store typically has a little flexibility. Be sure to ask your store how their policy works.
It’s always good to go to a store, prepared with the right questions to ask. Here is a little list to bring with you:
1) Do you allow Internet Coupons?
You have the biggest database of coupons available to you at the click of a mouse. Often you can even find coupons to make your sale products FREE! It’s important to ask your local stores policy about this to make the most of your “printable cash.”
2) Do you take manufacture coupons?
Now, most grocery stores don’t have a problem accepting manufacturers’ coupons, but there are a few out there that will ONLY take Store coupons. Make sure you know the policy on this before loading up your cart.
3) Do you take coupons from competitors?
If your store does, you are in for a landslide of savings! You can grab coupon books from all of your local stores, and flyers, and make the most of your purchase. Don’t forget to grab those drugstore coupon books. They often have high value coupons, that with a store sale, can save you a TON of money!!
4) Do you double or triple your coupons? If you do, what’s the limit?
Plan ahead for double and triple coupons days. This can save you way more than you could ever expect!
5) Do you offer any store coupons? If so, where do I find them?
Get a feel for your store, and locate the kiosks. This will save you time, and money. Find out if they offer printable coupons on their site or if you can sign up for a weekly insert.
6) Do you allow expired coupons?
Some stores offer a day a month in which they will accept expired coupons. Find out the details. Do NOT used expired coupons if your store doesn’t allow it. The store will not be paid by the manufacturer, and that can result in stricter coupon policies for everyone.
Educating yourself on your local stores is the quickest, and easiest way to make the most of your grocery shopping buck! Investing those few minutes asking questions will result in hundreds of dollars in your pocket!
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