Monday, September 17, 2007

Coupon Magic

The secret to coming ahead when using coupons is by utilizing the days when stores double or triple coupons.

The concept is simple. Doubling a coupon means that the store doubles the face value of the coupon. For instance, if you are purchasing a can of chili that costs $1.50, and you want to use a coupon for .50 cents off, then that can would cost you $1. However, if the store will double the face value of the coupon, then suddenly your coupon is worth $1 instead of .50. Then your out-of-pocket cost is only .50 for the can of chili. It is the same concept of tripling coupons. If that particular store where I was purchasing the chili tripled by .50 coupon, then it would be worth $1.50 and I would get my can of chili for free!

In a perfect world, all stores would do this, unfortunately, most do not. There are some areas of the country that have regular double and/or triple coupon days. I know that in my part of Idaho, the only store that doubles coupons is Paul's Market, and they are far enough from my home to not make the trip worth it. As for Utah, I have read on PYP that Smith's doubles coupons sometimes. Your best bet is to call several local stores to ask if they double coupons, and when. Combine doubling coupons with sales, and you will come out ahead like my friend Faye did (see my post below).

Click here to see what stores double coupons in your state.


Delia D'Nell said...

So, you mentioned in an earlier blog about getting free samples, how and where do you get them from? (by the way, I work with Chay.)

Delia D'Nell said...

okay, maybe I am crazy, I thought it was your blog...

Marne said...

Nope you are not crazy! Welcome to the freebie blog! :)

I beleive my post about samples was from last month. CLick on the August icon on the lower right of the page, and find that post.

If you have any more questions, please ask! Thanks for posting!

Marne said...

It is a post called Product samples, and there is a post above that called free samples.

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