Does it really pay to stock up on 20 boxes of cereal or buy fives cans of soup to get one free? Coupon Expert Jill Cataldo weighed in on buying in bulk when she joined me on Mondays With Marlo this week. According to Jill, buying in bulk is just like buying anything else -- if you're paying the best price for each item individually, you can save big on the whole lot.
For more money-saving advice, see Jill's expert couponing tips and tricks:
Make The Time To Coupon
Spend a little time to save a lot of money. You don’t need to spend hours clipping coupons -- 30 minutes to an hour once a week is all it takes. Use coupon blogs to find the stores you shop at, then match coupons with sales and your own shopping list.
Check Online Sales
Stores sometimes have different sales online, extra savings codes in addition to sales prices or free shipping. It can make buying online cheaper than shopping in stores.
Keep Your Newspaper Subscription
Don’t cancel your Sunday delivery just yet -- almost half of coupons still come from the newspaper! Get extra copies of favorite coupons by asking family, friends and neighbors for their inserts.
Shop A Season Behind
Clothing sales cycles are predictable. Start buying one season behind the current season. For instance, stock up on winter essentials for next year in early spring when stores are making space for warm weather clothing.
Focus On Personal Care Items
Drugstore staples like toothpaste, razors, soap and deodorants are the easiest products to save on. Many of these products offer high-value coupons, and then the products go on sale. At drugstore chains like CVS and Walgreens, combine your coupons and sales with loyalty promotions -- you can get products for close to free!
Visit These Websites To Save
Some of Jill’s favorite sites to save -- in addition to her own at <a href="http://www.jillcataldo.com/">JillCataldo.com</a> -- are <a href="http://www.coupons.com/">Coupons.com</a>, <a href="http://smartsource.com/smartsource/index.jsp?Link=MKRU3JAAR6CCY">SmartSource.com</a> and <a href="http://www.save.com/coupons/">RedPlum.com</a>. These are all online components of coupons that appear in the newspaper each week. The best part? You don’t have to register -- just start clicking to save.
Use Store Rewards Programs
Store rewards cards and electronic coupons are increasing in popularity. Some offer a percentage of what you spend back or rewards-only discounts -- scan your card each time you checkout to ensure you get the savings.
Check Social Media
Many stores offer deals and coupons through Facebook or Twitter. Some have Foursquare deals where you receive a percentage off your total just for “checking in” at the store. Check your social media accounts before you head out shopping for exclusive deals.
Let Companies Know You Like Them
Do you really like a particular product or brand? Email or call the company and let them know. They love hearing from their customers, and will often send you coupons via email or snail mail.
Don’t Feel Embarrassed
There’s sometimes a stigma surrounding using coupons. There shouldn’t be -- a dollar saved is still a dollar. There’s no difference between coupons and money -- stores are reimbursed by the manufacturer for the coupon value.
Buy At The Right Price
Aim to shop when the sale price is half -- or less than half -- of the regular price. Combine the sales with coupons to drop the price even lower.
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