In the past few posts, we've been focusing on saving money and how to find coupons and match them up with sales. We are wrapping up this section with one more post on coupons and tips on how to use them.
Here are some tips for using your coupons:
1.) Remember that stores that have their own coupons usually will allow a manufacturer coupon for the same product. That means you can use one store coupon and one manufacturer coupon for double the savings. I do this at Dominicks, Target, Meijer, CVS, Walgreens and Jewel and know that it will work at Whole Foods as well. Check the store's coupon policy if you aren't sure. Most are posted on their website.
2.) Check if your store takes any expired coupons. I don't know of any in this area that does but other locations have stores that do up to 6 months or a year.
3.) Look for stores that double or even triple coupon values occasionally. Most stores that do this have a specific day and have a limit like coupons that don't exceed $1.00. Agai
n check policies before you plan a trip to the store.
4.) Watch for counterfeit coupons. If you do not find it on the manufacturer's website or facebook page, be careful. Most deal/coupon bloggers only post legitimate coupons but sometimes they slip through. If it seems way too good to be true, it might be. There are many promotions for free products though so just watch your sources.
5.) Use electronic coupons when possible. Many stores have coupons that will load to your phone (mobile coupons). Target and Meijer are some of them. Also some stores have programs that load coupons to your store loyalty cards, like Dominicks, Jewel and CVS.