As you learned in Coupons! How Do I Start?, you have to create a decent stash of coupons to truly start jumping in on deals that are available to you. Once you have coupons, I highly recommend that you start leafing through the fliers for your local grocery stores, Walmart, Target and the drugstores like CVS, Walgreens and RiteAid. I circle anything that seems like a deal for my family that week–especially if it’s a product we buy constantly. I also circle things I know I have a coupon for that would make the product cheaper than what I pay regularly for (way cheaper, not just 20 cents cheaper, by the way). I may not need Goldfish Crackers this week, but if they are on sale for $1 I know this is the cheapest I can get them so I search for coupons and see how many I can buy. But, other things may not be discounted much, so I may still wait hoping for a better deal.
It is also extremely important to know each store’s coupon policy before you begin.
CVS–so far this policy has not been posted on-line, but I am researching how to get my hands on it. Others have posted it in the past, but I want to post the most current, if it is available. (There is a number to call: 800-SHOP-CVS or talk to your store’s manager for details.)
RITEAID (I think this one is extremely specific and helpful. Just about every question/situation is covered in this policy. Thanks, RiteAid!)
LOWES: coming soon
For those residing near me or within a few hours from me here in Shippensburg, PA, the following store policies may come in handy:
WEGMAN’S: Harrisburg, PA store
For those of you residing in other states, I have listed some of the more popular stores and their policies, but, of course, make sure to find out YOUR specific grocery store’s policy if it is not posted on-line. The customer service desk should be glad to help you.
MEIJER (Scroll down the page)
I recommend saving the policies on your computer and checking regularly to see if things have changed. A call to the store would solve this problem easily, before you set out. Also, having a printed copy in your coupon file is handy to have in case a cashier is not knowledgeable on their store’s coupon policy or it’s recent changes.
Obviously, there are many stores not listed here today. If you have a store policy to add, feel free to leave the name of the store and it’s coupon policy link in the comment section. I will add it to my post. Thanks!