This has to be the most frequently asked question during our Coupon Classes. And the answer is .... YES!! When the "coupon stars" align, you literally can get brand name products for just pennies or even FREE! The trick is knowing the coupon strategies that will help you to do this.
Sometimes, it's as simple as just clipping a coupon from the Sunday newspaper or printing out a coupon from a website. There's currently a printable manufacturer's coupon (available on Coupons.com) to save $1 on any Reach floss product. Target and Walmart sell Reach Waxed Dental Floss (55 yd) for just 97¢ meaning that it will be FREE!!
Another way to maximize coupon savings is with a technique called "stacking" or what I refer to as the "coupon combo". Most people don't realize that you can actually "stack" or use 2 coupons for each item that you purchase ~ a store coupon and a manufacturer's coupon.
So let's say Publix has a $1 Publix coupon for a product in one of their ads and there's a $1 manufacturer's coupon for that same product in the newspaper. You can actually use both coupons to purchase that one item, meaning you can save $2 off of the purchase price.
Here's a perfect "coupon stacking" deal that you can do right now at Publix using a printable manufacturer's coupon with Publix store coupons to get Infant/Children's Advil for as low as 70¢ per bottle (regular price $5.39)!!
BUY 2 Infants' Advil .5 oz @ $5.39 = $10.78
USE 1 BOGO Infants' or Children's Advil Manufacturer's Printable Coupon from Facebook ($5.39)
USE 2 $2/1 Children's Advil Publix Coupon from Green Advantage Buy Flyer in store ($4.00)
PAY just $1.39 for 2 bottles of Infants' Advil or 70¢ each!!
The photo shows some of the products we picked up in the last few weeks that were free or nearly free with coupons. The items on the left were completely free. The products on the right cost less than $1 each. Total value of the items is $133.89 ... we paid just $5.19, a savings of 96%!!
Coupons can help you to stretch your grocery budget more than you can imagine! You don't have to be an "extreme couponer" to save money. As they say, every little bit helps!
Mary Pat Pankoke, a Parkland mom of two, teaches Coupon Classes in the South Florida area and shares "unreal deals" daily on CouponClasses.com.