Have you ever looked through the coupons in the paper and thought, “I don’t buy any of this stuff”?
That seems to be me every week.
About a month ago I was complaining about this at work, when one of my colleagues, Whitney, gave me a scoop about how she gets coupons for the exact products she uses week to week.
Why I never thought about this, I don’t know, because it seems so obvious – go to the Web sites of the manufacturers who produce the products that you use. Rather than wait for them to come to you with coupons, go to them.
By making a list of the products she needs at the grocery store and going to those products’ Web sites to look for coupons, Whitney said she saves roughly $30 every time she goes to the grocery store.
So I thought I’d give it a try and see what I came up with. Grabbing my pen and paper, I went through my fridge, pantry and cupboards and wrote down everything I regularly purchase at the store. Then I hit the computer, looking up each individual product’s Web site.
When it was all said and done, I came up with about $20 worth of coupons. While it wasn’t as much as I had hoped, 99 percent of the sites had a place where you can sign up to receive coupons and updates on other promotions. Some even offered free samples. Within a couple of weeks of visiting all the Web sites, I had received at least another $10 to $20 worth of coupons in my e-mail inbox. Some of the samples I signed up for also came with coupons.
(As a side note, if you’re someone who hates spam just as much as I do, sign up for a free e-mail account through yahoo, google, hotmail, etc. and use that e-mail address when you sign up on these Web sites.)
While some may be avid newspaper coupon clippers and others prefer coupon-specific Web sites, here’s another option that keeps you up-to-date on the latest offerings and coupons specific to what fills your pantry at home.
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