How to Get Things for Free Using Coupons (And 9 Things That Are Always Free)
Are you wondering how so many couponers get things for free using coupons? Do you think that most coupons are just for $0.50 or $1 off of things that cost over $5 and that using those coupons for small savings is a waste of time?
Saving $0.50 on something that you were going to buy anyway is never a waste of time. Wouldn’t you rather have that $0.50 in your own pocket, instead of the store’s?
Coupons can save you tons of money if you use them strategically.
Following is a list of 4 ways that you can get things for free using coupons.
Buy the smallest size possible
The smallest size is almost always going to be the cheapest, so, as long as your coupons do not have size restrictions, you can use them on the smallest size item available. Most of the time, this means travel size items.
Let’s say you have a $1 coupon for Colgate toothpaste. Many stores sell travel size Colgate toothpaste for just $1. If you use that $1 coupon on the travel size Colgate, you will get the toothpaste for free.
Check the clearance section
Many stores have a section for clearance items. They may even have a few sections all over the store. Find out where these are in your stores and then check them out whenever you go shopping. You never know what you will find.
Items can go on clearance for a variety of reasons. The item is about to expire, the item is not selling very well, or the store simply has an overstock and needs to clear out some inventory. Whatever you do, if you buy clearance merchandise, be sure to check the expiration date and make sure that there is nothing physically wrong with the item before you make your purchase.
Some stores have a sticker or shelf tag with the clearance price on it, but others (such as Real Canadian Superstore, No Frills, and other Loblaws banner stores) have a 50% (or other percentage) off sticker. Whatever the item scans at, you would get 50% off of that price. Then, add in your coupons and you’re sure to get some free stuff!
Purchase mail-in rebate items
Mail-in rebate items don’t require you to use a coupon when you purchase them, but if you do, you will actually make money on your purchase.
For example, let’s say you want to submit a mail-in rebate for a specific brand of hairspray. The hairspray costs $4.99 at the store and you also have a $2 off coupon for that same product. You can use the $2 coupon, pay $2.99 for the item, and then submit the mail-in rebate and get back the full $4.99.
That means you were paid to buy that product.
Note: Be sure to read your mail-in rebate form carefully, as some restrict the use of coupons.
Use coupons on sale items
Unless you really need to buy something, try holding on to your coupons until things go on sale. When you match a coupon to a sale price, you can usually get things for free or very, very cheap.
You will find the best sale items (also known as “loss leaders”) on the front and back pages of your sale flyers. Do peek through the entire flyer though, because you never know what will be inside.
When you’re looking through your flyers, write down the best deals, and then check to see if you have any coupons to add, to make the deal(s) even sweeter.
Just because many coupons are for low values, doesn’t mean you will never be able to get items for free or cheap when using them.
Be patient. It is possible! Try out some of the suggestions above and you’ll see just how easy it is to get things for free using coupons.
9 Things That Are Always Free With Coupons
Did you know that there are things that are always free with coupons? Things you should never have to pay for?
If you use coupons enough, you will start to notice that you can always find coupons for certain things – toothpaste, bathroom tissue, diapers.
There are also many items that are always free with coupons. Here are 9 of them:
Usually goes on sale for around $1 and there are often $1 (or more) coupons available. Always check the travel section for cheap toothpaste to use your coupons on as well.
Usually goes on sale for around $1-$2 and there are often $1-$2 coupons available. Oral-B is the brand I can always get for free.
Usually goes on sale for around $1.50-$2 there are often $1-$2 coupons available. Secret and Old Spice are the brands I can always get for free. Check out the travel section for deodorant if the larger sizes aren’t on sale.
4. Feminine Pads/Liners/Tampons
Usually go on sale for around $2 and there are often $2 coupons available. Stayfree is the brand I can always get for free.
Usually go on sale for around $2-$5 and there are often $2-$5 coupons available, so these items will always be free (especially around Christmas).
6. Air Fresheners
Usually go on sale for around $1 and there are often $1 coupons available. Glade is the brand I can always get for free.
7. Shave Gel/Cream
Usually go on sale for around $1-$2 and there are often $1-$2 coupons available. Check out the travel section for this item as well.
8. Pain Relievers
Prices vary, depending on brand and type. There are often $3-$6 coupons available. Aspirin and Tylenol are the brands I can often get for free.
9. Canned Soup
Usually go on sale for around $0.50 (especially during colder months) and there are often $0.50 coupons available. Campbell’s is the brand I can always get for free.
Those are things that are always free with coupons..
The key to getting these items for free is to hold on to your coupons until a great sale comes along. If you have a $2 coupon for a certain brand of deodorant and it goes on sale for $2.50 – sure, $0.50 is a good price for deodorant, but continue waiting. There will very likely be a sale for $1.99 or $2 where you can get the deodorant for FREE.
The only time you should not wait to buy these items is if you really need something. If that’s the case, use your coupon and make the purchase. It’s better to save something.
How do you get things for free using coupons? Is there anything that you would add to this list?