Saving money on personal care items is one of the easiest and most effective ways to cut your grocery bill in half. Just think about how much you spend on soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc. The money just adds up but there is good news, you can start saving on those items today! Not only will this help you increase your stockpile, but these are also great items for donating!
3 Ways to Score Personal Care Items Free or Nearly Free:
1. Know Your Prices This is key to saving money no matter what you are purchasing. It's always important to know your prices so you know if you are getting a good deal or not. Simply tracking the price of the items you purchase over time will help you realize the retail price, sale price and rock bottom price. Remember, we're looking for the rock bottom price so we can score the best deals.
2. Combine Sales & Coupons Once you find that rock bottom price, that is when you combine it with your coupon. If your shampoo is $1.50 at it's lowest price and you have a $1 coupon then you have .50 shampoo. I would say that's a great deal and a stock up price. This is where having multiple coupons comes in handy. You can do that by picking up extra newspapers or printing from websites like CouponDede.com.
This is where people miss it and think that just by using the coupon or only shopping the sale, they are getting a bargain. The combination of the rock bottom price plus sale is what really brings the amazing deal. The "trick" is to combine as many savings methods as possible and that's what I am demonstrating here.
3. Use Store Rewards Programs CVS offers Extra Care Bucks and Walgreens offers Register Rewards and Balance Rewards, these programs are amazing and when you combine those with coupons, you have a rockin' good deal. The programs are easy to use and they're free which is even better. Again, the point is to combine as many savings methods as possible. When you combine a sale and coupon together plus earn Register Rewards (for example), you are earning free money that can be used towards something else. That "something else" could also be on sale and when you combine a coupon, you could get it for free or nearly free. All you have to do is get the hang of using multiple programs.
Start small and watch those sales, you'll be able to see the price drop and the coupons that can make them even better. Even if you only use your coupon knowledge to save on personal care items and nothing else, you'll cut your bill dramatically! Plus, you can donate as well. Enjoy the savings!