ROC Coupons Intro To Savings
- Full price is for suckers. If something isn’t on sale or you don’t have a coupon for it, don’t buy it. This is the most important rule of couponing.
- Don’t do all your shopping at one store. This rule is especially important to residents of the greater Rochester, NY region where I reside. People here are VERY loyal to the hometown chain of Wegmans. Rightfully so too. They offer an amazing upscale shopping experience with a variety of products that is almost inconceivable in the grocery business. I love them. Although they carry the best, their prices aren’t always the best so you need to shop around for things. Once you break the habit of buying everything at once and only if you need it immediately the savings will begin. You must follow the sales and learn which stores sell which items at the best price. Stores compete with each other, let them compete for your dollar.
- Strive for 40% off. Let that be your starting point for savings. Sales work in cycles. Some are great, some are fake. An example of a “fake sale”, as I like to call them, is the save $1 on 5. So I’m saving 20 cents. The store hopes you bite at seeing the sale tag hanging in front of the item. Wait another few weeks and that same product will be on sale for more off. If they’re not giving you 40%, chances are it isn’t worth it.
- Build your pantry & freezer. Stock up on items when they are on sale. You may only need 1 jar of peanut butter this week but if it’s on sale for $1.25 this week and goes back to $3.50 next week why not buy more jars. Buy 3 or 4 of something if the price is right. You’re gonna eat these things eventually. The key to savings is building a stockpile. When you see an amazing deal get a 2-3 month supply.
- Purchase your Sunday paper, preferably two copies. The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle costs $1.50 and can contain up to $75 worth of coupons. If I told you there was a free $5 bill in the paper would you buy it? Sure you would. I assure you that you can find at least $5 worth of savings minimum in your paper. The Sunday coupons are our primary source of ammo and the weekly sales fliers our plan of attack.
- Print internet coupons. You are allowed to print 2 copies of each internet coupon. You will be amazed at the great deals offered only on the web only.
- Sign up for all store savings cards. A wise bird once told me that you can never have too many keytags. Wegman’s Shoppers Club, Tops Bonus Card, CVS, etc.
- Sign up for a new email account to be used exclusively for couponing. You are going to need to enter a valid email address to receive coupons and future offers from companies. You may also start receiving some spam. Rather than cluttering up your personal email create a new address just for coupons. I recommend either a free Yahoo! email or a free G-Mail address. They both have a lot of storage and excellent spam filters.
- Read coupon blogs. There are hundreds of blogs out there. Find the ones that cover the stores you frequent. Check out my LINKS page for a list of all my favorites.
- This video covers all you need to know about how to start couponing: