Coupon Sweeping Tip
First what is Coupon Sweeping you might be asking? Coupon Sweeping is when you go to stores to find coupons. These coupons may be tear pad coupons, peelie coupons (as seen below in the picture), blinkie machine coupons. Remember when you come across these coupons in store to have ALOHA. This means to take a few and leave some for others.
A fellow couponer was at a Times Supermarkets today and noticed this lady taking all the peelies (see picture below). I encourage all Shopaholics to politely go up to the person you notice taking more than enough peelie coupons (as my couponing friend did) and ask them to leave some for others. There is never any reason to take all the coupons! By taking all the peelie coupons shows greed. As couponers we are part of a community – the Couponers Community where we help each other. If you take all the coupons, you are not helping anyone but yourself.
Furthermore, be careful when taking peelie coupons. Some peelie coupons are intended only for the product the coupon is on. If the peelie coupon ever says “NOW” or “THIS”, the coupon is intended for the product it is on. Those coupons will say Save $1.00 NOW on this Beef Jerky or Save $1.00 on THIS purchase of Mac n Cheese. Since these two coupons verbage indicates it is for the particular product it is on. Since many stores are changing their policy and stating if a coupon does not scan they will not accept. In many cases, peelie coupons with this verbage is coded for the particular product the coupon was found on. Therefore, don’t waste a coupon, only peel these coupons if you are purchasing the product that day!
Also, some peelie coupons will require you to buy two items to save some money. For example, if the peelie coupon states Save $2.00 on Capri Sun when you buy this Mac n Cheese 5 pack. Well ethically you need to buy both products the 5 pack Mac n Cheese and the Capri Sun together in the same transaction to save the $2.00. It is unethical to only buy Capri Sun.
Therefore, it is important you read your peelie coupons thoroughly before you peel them. Some couponers think that taking the peelie coupons is stealing. I think as long as the peelie coupon does not say NOW or THIS on the coupon, I see no problem in taking a couple to build my coupon inventory. Remember to just take a few.
Times Supermarkets has Capri Sun 30 packs on sale for $5.99 this week, ends Tuesday, January 14th.
In the sales ad there is a Times Supermarkets $1.00 coupon for the Capri Sun. Plus many stores have peelie manufacturer coupons for $1 (like seen above). Stack the coupons and score a 30 pack of Capri Suns for $3.99. That is just $.14 per Capri Sun!
This is a stock up price but be careful as Capri Sun has an expiration date. Analyze how many your family can consume within the expiration date. You don’t want to spend money to only have products expire which would be a waste of money. Remember you are part of this Couponing Community because you want to save money. Not buy 100 of the same product and waste half your grocery budget for the month on just 1 product. That is not smart couponing!
Hope these tips help you!