We’re all looking for ways to slash that grocery bill — especially before Thanksgiving! One of the most popular methods? Couponing! We save an average of $2,600 per year using coupons, but there’s hundreds more to bank with bonus coupons — once you know how to score them. Keep reading for five ways to score deep savings on your next grocery bill with bonus coupons.
Give honest feedback
Love to give your opinion? Since customer input helps companies improve their products, many will reward you with coupons just for sharing your thoughts in a letter. “Be sure to give genuine feedback and specific details to show you’re a real customer,” says Jim Wang, founder of WalletHacks.com. For example, maybe you enjoyed a new cookie flavor because it pairs better with your coffee. “If your feedback involved a visit to a store, mention the location and employees you interacted with,” says Wang, who sent feedback like this to 42 companies—one in three sent him valuable coupons and offers in response!
Try free samples
The next time you’re offered a free sample at a store, take it! These freebies give you a no-cost way to try a new product and they often come with high-value coupons (such as $1 or $2 off) for the item you tried or others sold by the same manufacturer. That’s because companies are hoping you’ll enjoy the freebie so much, you’ll use the coupon to buy more, then become a loyal customer, says Ryan Eubanks, founder of HeyItsFree.net. “It’s a win-win for you and the company.” Another way to find free samples? Visit FreeStuffFinder.com and ICraveFreebies.com.
No need to search for coupons online, they’re likely on many websites you already visit! Shopping on Amazon? Before you check out, look through their extensive selection of coupons at Amazon.com/coupons. Paying a bill or checking your bank balance online? Look for an “offers” tab. Banks and credit card companies frequently partner with businesses to get exclusive coupons for their account holders. You may be able to add coupons to your debit or credit card—you simply use that card to pay and the discount will be applied then.
Check your freezer
Despite the many digital coupons available online and via apps, a whopping 88% of us still use paper coupons. So you may be happy to hear that there are likely many in your home right now that you may have forgotten about! Where are they? Start by opening up your freezer and kitchen cabinets. “Some manufacturers print coupons on—and inside—cardboard packaging,” says Mary Suazo, founder of TheFlyingCouponer.com. “Then check your store receipts,” she advises. More restaurants, retailers and other businesses of all types are printing coupons on the back and bottom of their register tape. Finally, take a closer peek inside your mail. Companies you regularly do business with—such as your utility company, cable provider and banks—sometimes make deals with local merchants to include coupons in their envelopes, but if you’re not looking for them, you could miss them!
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.