Step 9 is all about the little extras that make couponing that much sweeter. These are advanced strategies that, when used, will turn your deal into a steal!
Rain checks are the cherry on top! They are often overlooked and much forgotten. Rain checks are a master couponer’s advanced strategy. Rain checks lock in the sale price for you to use at a later time. If a sale item is out of stock, ask a store employee for a rain check. They will write out a note, similar to the one above with the sale price on it. Keep it and next time the item is restocked you can exchange your rain check for the item and be guaranteed the sale price. Rain checks have an expiration date too, so be sure to check how long it’s valid for!
Mail-in Rebates, or MIR, is an added way to reduce the cost of an item. When paired with coupons and a sale, rebates can oftentimes make the item FREE or even a profit. If you are planning to take advantage of a rebate offer, it’s best to separate it from the rest of your purchases. Most rebates require the original receipt and sometimes UPC bar code from the product. Read the rules of the rebate carefully before doing the transaction. There are specific terms and purchase dates. If it’s not done exactly as specified, the manufacturer will return your forms.
Profit, or better known as a money maker (MM), is the added bonus of couponing that happens a lot! Not only do couponers get products FREE but it is possible to actually make money too! For example, at CVS they have Colgate FREE after ECB. It costs $3.50 and you will get $3.50 back, if you use a $1 coupon to make the price $2.50, you will get back $3.50 and therefore a $1 profit!
Price matching is when a store guarantees a price if you find it lower somewhere else. Target and Walmart both offer price match guarantees. You will need to keep the ad with you that has the lower price to take to customer service. The ad must be for the current week. The good thing about price match is that you can do your shopping in one store and if a store has coupons out for that item, paired with manufacturer coupons, it could make for a great deal!
These bonus strategies are great for stacking different promotions together and taking your savings to a more advanced level.
Do you use any of these strategies? Any others you use?