I've mentioned before that I follow several couponing blogs, one of them being thekrazycouponlady.com. She's been on the TLC 'Extreme Couponing' show , 'The Nate Berkus' show and several others. I've never actually been to her blog, because I follow her in my Google Reader, but the other night I decided I would go check it out. I found a lot of interesting posts about couponing and a couple of interesting facts too.
Did you know that adults with college degrees are almost twice as likely to have used coupons in the past six months as those who didn't graduate from high school?
And, the consumer who prints digital coupons has an average household income of $97,000. Those who earn a household income of $100,000 or more are twice as likely to have redeemed coupons printed from an online source in the past six months than adults with a household income of less than $35,000.
So, if anyone is embarrassed to use coupons, it looks like those with a six figure income aren't. Using coupons simply means you're smart about how you spend you money.
There are several tips and tricks that I haven't mentioned in my other posts that I came across and thought I would share with you.
One thing that I did not know was going on (and something that some people innocently do) is copying coupons on a copier. This is illegal and punishable by law. So, copying coupons is not a good idea.
An e-coupon, the kind you load on your loyalty card, is a manufacturer coupon. They can not be doubled or tripled and can not be used with another manufacturer coupon, unless it is the store's policy that you can use both.
Checkers should adjust your coupon to prevent overage. For example, if you are buying an item for $0.99 and you have a coupon for a $1.00, the checker needs to adjust the coupon to $0.99. Most stores will not give you cash back if you have an overage, and some checkers donít know to make the adjustment.
The difference between one coupon per purchase and one coupon per transaction: one coupon per purchase example would be, if you were buying two of the same item, you could use one coupon on one item and another coupon on the other item. One coupon per transaction example would be if you were buying two of the same item, you could use one coupon for one item, but you could not use a coupon on the second same item.
How to use B1G1 (buy one get one) free coupons:
You can use (1) B1G1 Free coupon and (1) $1/1 coupon together.
Ex: Buy 2 items @ $3.00 each
-Use: (1) B1G1 free coupon
-Use: (1) $1/1 coupon
Final Price: $2.00 or $1.00 each
You can also use (1) B1G1 free coupon and (1) $1/2 coupon together.
Ex: Buy (4) items @ $3.00 each
-Use: (2) B1G1 free coupons
-Use: (1) $1/2 coupon
Final Price: $5.00 or $1.25 each
And, you can use a B1G1 store coupon with a B1G1 manufactures coupon, or a B1G1 manufactures coupon with a B1G1 store promo.
Ex: Buy 2 items @ $3.00 each
-Use: (1) B1G1 free store coupon
-Use: (1) B1G1 free manufactures coupon
Final Price: 2 items free
Know your store's coupon policies, since not all of them are the same. It's best to print them and take them with you, just in case you run into any problems.
Hopefully you have learned something new, I know I did. I want to give credit to thekrazycouponlady.com, all of this information came from her site. Her site is full of information and I found it very interesting and helpful.
I think there is always something to learn about couponing. So, please feel free to share your tips and/or facts by leaving a comment before you go!