Until October 2009, Tesco used to accept money off coupons for products you hadn’t purchased (as long as they actually stocked the item). I was an avid coupon user, and saved around 40 to 50% , sometimes more, off my grocery bill every week for years.
However all good things come to an end, and these days you can only use a coupon in Tesco (and all the other supermarkets) if you purchase the actual product it’s for.
As an aside – has anyone seen the American TV show ‘Extreme Couponing’? Well worth a watch if you happen to come across it – there are some seriously strange people out there – how can anybody imagine they’re ever going to use up 5,000 tubes of toothpaste in one lifetime? Anyway, I digress.
I’ve recently started using coupons again, thanks to a very informative thread over on MSE, and made some great savings. I spend five or ten minutes reading through the previous day’s posts on the thread each morning, and then print off the coupons I think I will use, check out prices using My Supermarket and add the items to my shopping list for my next trip to the supermarket.
The basic premise is that when a particular item is on special offer, and there is a coupon available for money off that product, it sometimes makes it extremely cheap to buy.
For example, while I was in Tesco this morning, I bought this Persil, which was reduced to half price £3.20. With a coupon for £1 off, the price I paid was £2.20.
Then I got a couple of these Innocent veg pots (tasty, healthy and quick’n’easy lunches). They were reduced to £1.89 – but with two coupons for £1.50 off, I only paid 39p!
Last week in Asda, I bought Colgate toothpaste and Plax mouthwash at a cost of only 25p each.
Tomorrow I’m popping into Sainsbury’s, where Sanex products are all half price currently, with a couple of 50p Sanex coupons. I shall purchase two Sanex deodorants for 66 pence each, actual amount I’ll pay is 16 pence.
I only ever buy things that I’d be buying anyway, and I’m not interested in stockpiling hundreds or thousands of anything – bargain or not. But I do enjoy making these little savings – they all add up!