Ideally the best way to save with coupons is to hang on to a clipped coupon until the item it is for is on sale. Once on sale, use the coupon, and create a stockpile of the item while it is on sale so that you save even more later by not having to pay full price again. However, this isn’t always the most convenient thing to do when you need something now. In this case, I always get online and check the local ads to see if someone has it one sale so I can use the coupon I have to save now. A prime example for me is when we run out of cereal.
With three growing teenage boys, a regular sized box of cereal can literally be gone in one sitting, especially true here when that cereal is Honey Nut Cheerios. One day we were extremely low on our favorite breakfast morsels so I took to the ads to see what was out there. Harris Teeter was having a deal on General Mills Cereal, buy three for $10.00, and it was one of those crazy weeks in which they double your dollar coupons. I had three coupons that were save $1.00 on three boxes.
A quick trip up to the store and I returned with nine boxes of our beloved Honey Nut Cheerios and paid a total of $24. This made each box of cereal roughly $2.66. Could I have done better, possibly, but we had an immediate need for cereal. When looking at it from that perspective, I did fairly well. I priced the same boxes at Food Lion that week and they were almost $4.00 a box. Their price made my savings feel even better!