Let me start by saying that organization will “always” be the number one tip. Make sure that all of your coupons are in the binder and in the order that serves your shopping needs the best. If you are going to several locations, make sure you map out the best route. With a little planning, this will make your outing less worrisome and way more enjoyable.
There are a few things that you can take along that will make it a sure success. I take a small cooler with me. I say small, but I have been known put ten pounds of chicken and several bags of candy in it at the same time. It is perfect for those lats minute deals that you find in the refrigerated or frozen section. Just drop in a storage bag of ice, I use the quart size, and it will keep perishable items cold for at least three hours.
Never, ever leave the house without something to drink. Nothing is a bigger waste of “coupon” savings than to have to purchase a water from the cooler at your local grocer or retailer. $1.49 is the average cost of a 16-20 oz water. I purchased 18 bars of soap for less than that last week. I bring along a travel cup of ice water for me and a sports bottle of water for the little guy.
Wear comfortable clothing. I know we all want to look our best when we are out, but when you are searching for a “coupon deal” there may be some bending and even and occasional crawl on the floor. Some of the best “coupon deals” are on the bottom shelf.
Make sure that you have enough time to browse. We all have very busy schedules, but this is the most important. It takes time to go thru all the items on the clearance racks. Remember, they are a perfect place to use those coupons that you clipped and never thought you would use. Guess who purchased 12 bottles of cough and cold medicine for $5.08. Yep, it was me. Clearanced at $1.49 and $1.29 , what a great find, with the coupon for $1/1 for Robitussin and $1/1 for Triaminic.
Hope these tips help you on your next “coupon adventure”. Happy Couponing!