The following question was sent in by reader Amanda:
I would love to participate in the $10 Per Week Stockpiling Challenge. The problem is, I never buy the Sunday paper. Do you think it is possible to get some good results without coupon inserts? I usually rely on printable coupons, store rewards and in-store coupons for my savings. Thanks a bunch!
Great question Amanda! I believe you can still see some great results with a little strategy and determination. Here are a few tips.
Know Your Stores
Find out if your local grocery store offers rewards programs or catalina coupons. Maximize these programs along with sale prices to see the biggest savings.
Play the Drug Store Game
Get familiar with Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid, where you can earn points or rewards and redeem them for future purchases that will yield even more points/rewards. “Roll” your savings each week to minimize your out-of-pocket expense.
Print, Print, Print
Lately I’ve been seeing an increase in higher value printable coupons. Remember to keep an eye on Coupons.com, CouponNetwork, RedPlum and SmartSource so you can build your coupon stash.
Check For In-Store Coupons
Don’t forget to look for peelies, hangtags and tearpads in your store. These are usually rare and high value. Just remember, peelies and hangtags are intended to be used for the product they are attached to and not to be taken out of the store for future use. Tearpads are free game in my opinion. Take a few and save them for a strategic purchase.
Get cash Paypal deposits for purchasing select items at participating stores. This is a great program, and the savings can really add up. Roll your earnings into future weeks to multiply your buying power.
Throughout the year we will see some nice rebate offers on non-perishable items. The best ones will be reported here on MomsbyHeart, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!
Buy the Monthly Loss Leaders
There is a fairly reliable pattern of bargains and loss leaders available each month from your favorite stores. Read what you can get in January HERE. These items are at their lowest prices of the year, so it’s a great time to stock up. Stacking these low prices with a coupon will yield you even bigger savings and often you will find printable coupons to go along with these deals.
Amazon is a great place to see big discounts on paper products, baby items and snack foods. Consider setting aside a few dollars each week from your $10 stockpiling budget to save up for a big purchase when a deal is available.
Consider a Coupon Clipping Service
When you see a high value coupon on an item you need to stockpile, consider enlisting the help of coupon clipping services. For a small fee, they will send you a quantity of coupons that are already clipped. I use Ebay and Coupons by Dede.
What Do You Think?
Share your thoughts in the comments. Is it possible to join our Stockpiling Challenge without using coupon inserts? How would you do it?
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