Admit it. Using coupons seems like a lot of work. You’re busy and question whether the effort is worth it. Should you spend your precious time chasing after deals, visiting multiple stores, and only buying things when you have a coupon for them? We get it. Buying something that you never intended to buy only because you have a coupon is counterproductive. But if you follow our guidelines, using coupons can be convenient and save you both money and time.
First, you need to gather your coupons. There are four main sources:
- newspaper inserts – can be manufacturer or store coupons
- store’s website – you must print
- mobile apps
- store coupons – emailed or snail mailed
Which ones you use depends on your comfort level with technology and whether you can remember your printed coupons.
Easy Way to Use Coupons at Grocery Stores in Colorado
King Soopers will double manufacturer coupons of $0.50 or less while those worth $0.51 – $1.00 in savings will be redeemed for $1.00, and manufacturer coupons over $1.00 will be redeemed at face value.
At Sprouts, the number of coupons per transaction is unlimited. Sprouts coupons can be combined with a manufacturer’s coupon, unless stated it cannot be used in conjunction with any other coupons or offers. When purchasing a single item, Sprouts accepts one manufacturer coupon. They do not double coupons. Bonus tip: Because their weekly prices run from Wednesday to Wednesday, you can save the most in the middle of the week when the ads overlap.
Safeway is store dependent regarding doubling of coupons, so it’s best to ask at your preferred store. “Double coupon” promotions do not apply to any internet or digital coupons except for applicable internet printed manufacturer coupons.
Trader Joe’s has great deals to begin with and does not offer an app or mobile coupons.
At Walmart, you can’t double coupons, but they will price match.
Easy Way to Use Coupons at Hardware/Home Improvement Stores in Colorado
Most Ace Hardware stores are independently owned. Many will price match but you’ll have to ask the manager. If they do, they most likely follow these guidelines:
If you find a lower price on an identical item, at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s, just bring in their current ad and Ace will match their price.
If Home Depot or Lowe’s is offering a percent off discount, Ace will match the final net price the competitor is offering.
Home Depot – If you find a current lower price on an identical, in-stock item from any retailer, they will match the price and beat it by 10%. Just bring the ad, printout or photo with you to the register.
Lowe’s – If you find a lower everyday price on an identical item at a local retail competitor, just bring in the competitor’s current ad, and they’ll beat their price by 10%. If a competitor is offering a percent off discount, they’ll match the final net price.
In future posts, we’ll discuss other types of online coupons and daily deal sites like Groupon and Living Social.