Did you know that it is encouraged to use coupons with food stamps and WIC program to lower your total bills? However, the number of redeemed coupons has dramatically decreased. NCH Marketing Services confirmed that 305 billion coupons were sent by manufacturers in 2011 and 2012, but only 2.9 billion coupons were used, which represents a 17% dip. The NCH survey revealed that fewer consumers were using coupons because they can’t find products they want to buy. In fact, approximately half of the consumers who redeemed fewer coupons said fewer coupons are worth redeeming.
Coupons can save the program’s money and allow more families in need to receive assistance. Just buy items that are on sale if you are presently receiving assistance, then use your coupons, and swipe your loyalty card. Separate the non-food items from approved food covered by food stamps/WIC, and give the applicable coupons before you run your EBT card.
Should retailers refuse to accept the coupons, report this matter to the appropriate program hotline. If you have shopping guides that encourage the use of coupons, take it with you to the store because this may help uninformed cashiers.
Couponing has become one of the most popular alternatives to paying retail prices.
“As featured in the reality show on TLC, it is possible to cart away groceries worth $500 or more for sometimes as little as $5! In the process, you can stockpile enough goods to last you through tough economic times like layoffs, medical bills, and other unforeseen financial events. The trick is knowing how to coupon effectively.”
Coupons are like money and once you learn how to use them; you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to use, and how much savings you will be making out of these coupons. Take note that, you can still score big savings even when retailers are tightening their rules,
1. Check your store’s website to know the new rules and print out the policy with you to the store. You can hand it to the cashier if she is not familiar with it so you won’t lose on allowable savings.
2. 89 percent of grocery coupons come from newspapers so pick up three copies of the Sunday paper. Most circulars come out on Sunday so it’s worth the extra bucks, according to the Nielsen Company.
3. Since retailers have cracked down on stacking coupons, combine manufacturer’s coupons with an in-store sale.
4. Many stores still allow double or triple coupons if you match the total number of items you are purchasing.
5. Facebook can give you access to news feed updates on new coupons or special promotions from your favorite coupon sites.
6. If you are only allowed to use a set number of coupons per shopping trip, make multiple trips or ask the cashier to break down the cart to different receipts.
7. Try to abandon one-stop shops for the best prices. Plan your shopping trip based on the week’s circulars as following sales from store to store can save you money. “Buying everything at one store for convenience wastes money,” says Phil Lempert, editor of SuperMarketGuru.com.
8. Get to know your store manager and ask when the specific item you’re looking for will be on sale.
Don’t expect to save 98 percent on your first coupon shopping trip. It takes time and work to collect coupons every week to build your stockpile from a wide variety of deals and products. Once you have accomplished that, you have the liberty to go to the store to buy cheapies and freebies.