Getting the Most from Manufacturer Coupons

Manufacturer Coupons May Be Worth More Than You Think

If you’ve never used manufacturer coupons when shopping, you’re literally throwing money away. Using manufacturer coupons regularly when shopping can save you hundreds of dollars each and every year so there’s no excuse not to. You can find them almost anywhere — magazines, Sunday newspapers, local mailers — the list goes on. But what you do with those manufacturer coupons once you get them is the key to saving as much money as you can.

Expired May Not Mean Expired

The majority of manufacturer coupons have an expiration date stamped on them and if you didn’t know any better, you’d probably think the coupon was pretty much worthless once that date had gone by. However, manufacturer coupons can be quite tricky and an expiration date that’s already gone by doesn’t necessarily deem the coupon worthless.

Depending on the policy of the stores you shop at, you may still be able to use manufacturer coupons after their expiration date. Some stores will even take manufacturers coupons that expired a year before. It’s just a matter of finding a store near you with such a policy.

If no stores near you accept expired manufacturer coupons, you can always donate the coupons to military families. Many military commissaries accept manufacturer coupons up to six months past their expiration date.

Double Your Money

Another way to get more from your manufacturer’s coupons is to shop at a store that offers opportunities to double or even triple the face value of your coupons. While it’s not as common as it used to be, there are still grocery stores that will double or triple the value of your manufacturer coupons on a certain day of the week. While it may not seem like much at first, the nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars really do add up over time.

With the cost of living constantly increasing, we all need to do everything we can to keep expenses low. So the next time you go grocery shopping, don’t head out without an organizer filled with manufacturer coupons for the products you use. You’ll find your dollar stretches a lot further than it does without them.