How To Coupon: Five Ways to Score Free Stuff
September is National Coupon Month! This observance was created in 1998 to bring awareness to coupon usage, and businesses often hold shopping events to mark the occasion.
Here at Recipe.com, I’m celebrating with Free Fridays! Each week I’ll share strategies to get things for free — including free stuff to help you become a better couponer, so you can get even more things for free (pretty trippy, huh?).
So first up: Five Ways to Score Free Products!
While you’re probably not going to fill your entire cart with free products, it’s easy to score small quantities of stuff. Many savings experts have written about this, and I’ve culled the five most effective tips.
1. Save coupons for sales
Combining coupons with sales is a surefire way to save more. Even better? Try to use both a manufacturer’s coupon and a store coupon on top of the sale price, which can drive your cost down to zero. Virtually all major stores allow and encourage this — they want you in their doors!
2. Check quantities
Sometimes, smaller is better. I had coupons that enabled me to get individual protein bars for free — but if I had applied them towards a box of six bars, I would have had to fork over cash.
3. Keep store “cash” rolling forward
Many stores have rewards programs that give you store “cash” (Extra Bucks, Register Rewards, etc.) when you buy certain items. Use these store bucks to buy products that generate more store bucks, to keep that same money rolling forward.
4. Sign up for free samples
Many companies offer free samples via Facebook or websites. Following a few coupon bloggers can also alert you to free giveaways. If you’re worried about spam emails, create an email address to use solely for these offers.
When my twins were babies, I emailed diaper companies and said, “Help!” I was rewarded with samples as well as fat envelopes full of high-face-value coupons.
Shop smart and save! Check out more tips on couponing and savvy shopping!