- Read the fine print. Sometimes coupons will have limitations or rules. If a coupon doesn't specify that it can't be used for a trial size and it is a high value coupon, you might be able to score a freebie if you look in the travel section of your store. Sometimes coupons will specify that you must buy 2 of an item to use the coupon. Other times they might specify that the coupon cannot be doubled.
- The photo may not tell the whole story. The photo may be of one product made by a company but the coupon may not limit you to purchase of only that item. Last year there were some great Breyers coupons. The photo was of a tub of ice cream but said that it could be used on any Breyers item. Breyers also makes yogurts, and the high value of $1 off made these free after coupons.
- Watch the expiration dates. Coupons that have a longer period before they expire are great to have. You can be more patient with their use, saving them for a really great sale.
- Consider how much the coupon is worth when it is doubled.
- Obey by the rules. Don't try to cheat the system by decoding barcodes or scratching off the expiration dates. Use coupons ethically so that we can all continue to have them as a resource.
April 27, 2010
A few tips about coupons--