You know that in order to get products at rock-bottom prices, you stack coupons with sales. You’ve read about sales cycles and price points. But do you know what items should always be FREE? Certain items are frequently on sale, and usually can be matched with valuable coupons.
When you become an Extreme Couponing Extraordinaire, you’ll learn that there are several items for which you should never pay a penny again. Here are the first 20 that I could think of right off the top of my head:
- Disposable Razors
- Shaving Gel/Cream
- Lip Balm
- Nail Polish
- Personal Lubricant
- Over-the-Counter Cold Medicine
- Hot/Cold Therapy (Bengay, etc.)
- Glucose Meters
- Air Fresheners
- Greeting Cards
- Chewing Gum
- Seasonal Candy
- Trial/Travel-sized Anything
Of course, if you are new to couponing and haven’t built a stockpile yet, you will probably need at least one of these products before you are able to get it for free. Go ahead and buy one or two (or whatever your immediate need is), and wait for the next sale.
If you need or want to buy multiples of any of these items, and FREE is not an option, a good rule of thumb is to only stock up once they reach $0.50 or less.
Here are 10 other items for which you should (almost) never pay more than $0.50:
- Body Wash
- Bar Soap
- Hand Soap
- Dish Soap
- Dishwasher Detergent
- Canned Vegetables
- Canned Soup
Surely, more experienced couponers than I probably could add to these lists. But this is definitely a good start. Just remember, the trick is to match your coupon with the sale on the item with the smallest quantity, and then buy multiples.
Think of it like this: Would you rather have four FREE small tubes of toothpaste? Or one large tube for which you had to pay money out of pocket? Twenty FREE trial/travel-sized packages of cold medicine? Or one large bottle for several dollars?
Any questions? Leave a comment! Thanks!!