Know When To Use Your Coupons!

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Step Three:

Know when to use your coupons

You now are ready to start saving money! Every week we will tell you what deals are going on at the different stores. We will break down the best deals at every store, and what coupons are out there to go with them, as well as where to find the coupons you will need! As new coupons pop up during the week, we will let you know what they are, and if they match up with any of the store sales! We will also be highlighting the hottest items throughout the week, so be sure to keep checking back so you don’t miss anything!

The secret to saving money on your groceries is to save all of your coupons until you can match them up with a store sale. This is how you can save the most money! You would not want to go to Albertsons and buy a pack of yogurt for $3.79, then use your $1.00 coupon and still pay $2.79 for it! You want to wait until they put that pack of yogurt on sale for $2.00, then use your $1.00 coupon, and only pay $1.00 for it! You have saved $2.79 or 73% on that pack of yogurt just by waiting for a sale to use your coupon! This is how I consistently save at least 50% on my groceries, but it is usually closer to 70 to 80%!

Another way to get extra savings is to match a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon! Many stores including Rite Aid, Walgreens, Albertsons, Fred Meyer (Kroger), Safeway, among many others, put out store coupons! Most of these places will allow One Store Coupon and One Manufacturer Coupon per item! This is called “stacking coupons”. You can never use two manufacturer coupons on one item, but you can “stack” the store coupon and the manufacturer coupon together on one item to get twice the savings!  We will talk more about store coupons in the section detailing how to shop at each specific store!

Double Coupons:
Northwest Albertsons releases Twice the Value Coupons (aka Doublers) in the newspaper, usually every two weeks or so. They are in the Sunday newspaper most of the time, but every once in a while, they come out on Wednesday. They are usually good for 3 days (occasionally we get 5 day doublers, but those are rare!) With these coupons, they will double the value of your manufacturer coupons up to $1.00, so you get twice the savings on one item.  Let’s use the yogurt example above. We waited to use our yogurt coupon until we had a sale price to pair it up with for 73% savings. If we use a Twice the Value Coupon as well, we can get the yogurt Free!

Shelf Price, $3.79 down to $2.00 with Store Sale
-$1.00 Manufacturer Coupon
-$1.00 Twice the Value Coupon (Doubler)
=Free! You just saved 100% off your yogurt by using a store sale, a manufacturer coupon, and a store coupon (the Doubler) all together to maximize your savings!

Catalina Coupons:
These are coupons that come out of the Catalina Machine near the cash registers at Albertsons, Safeway, Fred Meyer (Kroger), and many other stores. They are just manufacturer coupons off a specific product most of the time. Sometimes there are special store promos that are going on that use OYNO (On Your Next Order) Catalina Coupons. The OYNO coupons can be used like cash in the stores (excluding certain items stated on the coupons). Usually it’s when you buy a certain amount of specific items they will give you an OYNO Catalina to use on a future purchase as a thank you for buying their products. The store will often highlight these special promos when they are part of their weekly specials. We will also keep a list of all current known catalinas that are running, so you can check if there is anything you will be buying that is printing out a special OYNO Coupon! We will highlight any great deals that go along with these OYNO Catalina Coupons, to help you get the most for your money!

This is how Raking in the Savings will help you the most! We do all the legwork for you! We tell you the sales, the coupons, where to get them, and the best way to use them! You just have to check in and see what’s going on, and you can get in on all the hot deals too!

Step 4: Putting it into action!

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