Items you will need
- Sunday newspaper
- loyal shopper's cards to major grocery stores and pharmacies
Would you like to cut your regular household expenses but you're running out of places to tighten your belt? Did you know that you can get all the toilet paper, toothpaste, cleaning items, deodorant and much more for free or almost free? People do this every day and there's no reason you can't, too. It does require some planning ahead, but it's well worth it, especially if you have a family. Here's what you'll need to do.
Get the Sunday paper each week and clip the coupons for toiletries and household items. Get two papers each time so you can get double the number of coupons.
Print online coupons for the products you use the most or the products that are on sale that week in stores.
Subscribe to the local pharmacy and grocery store weekly ads to find out which items will be on sale that week. Sign up for CVS and Walgreens cards. They offer money back that you can spend on anything in their stores when you purchase certain products. The products are listed in their weekly ads and include a notation about how many rewards dollars you get for a purchase and whether there's a coupon for the item in that week's newspaper.
Stack the coupon savings on top of the sale item savings for a 30% to 100% discount. Many stores will double coupons to a maximum of $0.99 to $2. This will make many of the items you get free.
Subscribe to a blog that lists sales and which items you can get for free each week. Let them do the work for you.
Do the math on your savings. Here's an example of a recent sale from CVS. Dawn dish detergent (10 oz size) is usually $2 each. CVS ran a sale that made them $1 each if you purchase two bottles. They also offered $1 in extra bucks as a reward. There was also a $0.25 coupon in the newspaper for it that week. After all the savings, that took the price of one bottle from $2 to $0.38 cents. What else could you buy for 81% off? Stock up on a few different items each week and pretty soon, your toiletry and household items bill becomes almost nonexistent.
Get a coupon organizer or make one for yourself. Clip blank envelopes together and label them by categories to make them easy to find.