Coupons are not new, but can be difficult to understand to a lot of people.
- In the US of A a lot of coupons double, they don’t do that in the U.K at all.
- You can use as many coupons as you like in a single transaction, however you can’t use more than one coupon for every item you purchase. Check the coupons, most of them say “limit of 1 coupon per purchase” or something similar.
- You can buy as many items as you have coupons for. For example, I have two Fairy coupons for 1£ their washing up liquid. I can buy two and use one coupon for each bottle, since they’re two purchases.
- However, you can combine the coupons with rewards from a chain. I have an offer from Sainsbury’s that says: Buy catfood X and get 200 nectar points. I also have a 2£ coupon for said catfood that I can use with that, since it’s NOT a coupon.
- Make sure that you use the coupons within their dates. Use it before it expires.
- Most coupons don’t exclude travel sizes or specify a certain size that you need to buy, for example: “This coupon is only valid on Fairy 750ml”.
- If there are no size restrictions on the coupons, buy a smaller size to maximize your savings. I have a 75p of Head and Shoulders coupon that is valid on any size bottles. I’m going to use it at my local Sainsbury’s, since they have a 300ml bottle for 1£. After the coupon I’m going to pay 25p for a bottle of shampoo and I’ve got 2 coupons!
- Read the coupon policies of your favourite shops and if you can’t find it – ask them via their website or on social media.
- Also, make sure to check magazines, inserts and your Sunday newspaper for coupons – even free magazines and the back of your bus tickets can have sweet deals and coupons in them!
- Buy the chain’s own magazine, they can often have coupons. Have a look through them first, just to be sure.
- Join baby clubs if you’re expecting or have a child who wears diapers. The diaper companies often have clubs that lets you earn points, rewards and coupons on your diaper purchases. Check out Pampers website!
How to read a coupon:
A coupon/voucher will contain:
- X£ or Xp off
- What it’s valid on and/or what it excludes
- Valid for – an expiration date
- How many coupons you can use per purchase/transaction/household
- Your name
- Information to the shop on how they can redeem the coupon
If a coupon says:
- 1 per purchase = you can use one coupon per item purchsed, so if you buy two of product X that means that you can use two coupons – one for each item.
- 1 per transaction = You can only use one like coupon per transaction, but there’s nothing that stops you from buying three of the same thing, with coupons, in three seperate transactions
- 1 per household = You may only use one coupon per household (you and your closest family – you, your partner and your children)
How to get coupons:
- Super Savvy me (UK): https://www.supersavvyme.co.uk/offers/coupon
- Create lots of accounts,
Be advised that you need to double check Extreme couponing and Money Saving Expert, since sometimes their coupons are invalid.
- Check out the websites of your favourite brands and sign up for their newsletters. They can contain a lot of coupons!
- Sign up to all the shops loyalty programs (Nectar, Tesco Clubcard, Morrisons…), that’s an awesome and free way of getting coupons.
- Google is your friend. Google your favourite brands + vouchers and see what comes up.
- Write letters to the brands you like and write REAL letters with pens and papers. Include what you like about them, why you buy them and maybe a suggestion of what you’d like them to make, improvements of their products or a new flavour. If you have children – have them draw pictures and send off to their favourites too. Companies likes that! If you have pets – send cute photos of your animals to the companies that makes the food they like. Be creative! A lot will send out a standard “thank you” letter, but some will send free stuff and/or coupons.
- Join or create a coupon swapping group and swap coupons.
Have a look at YouTube for different people who coupon and explain it. Here are some great couponing people:
- Holly Vlogs (UK based)
- Hip2Save (USA)
- Southern Savers (USA)
- Krazy Coupon Ladies (USA)
I hope that this helps somewhat and please, ask if you have any questions.