Everyone has heard the stories of people pay a few dollars for a hundred dollars worth the groceries and household items (heck I have come pretty close myself), but there are often some steps that you have to take in order to get these savings.
Along with shopping the sales, using coupons (preferably at a store that doubles), and using in-store promos, there is also multiple transactions. Multiple transactions can be necessary if you are receiving Catalinas (coupons that print out with your receipt, good on your next shopping trip) and also if you are using a lot of coupons and you can only use four “like” coupons in the same transaction.
I recently did this at Smiths, and because I did multiple transactions, I was able to save more. If you plan of doing multiple transactions, here are some tips to help make it go better:
- Try to keep it to four or less transactions
- Sort your transactions into the right groups, so you are not scrambling to do that while the cashier is ringing things through.
- Let your cashier know you are going to be using coupons and how many transactions you have.
- Have your coupons sorted for each transaction (this takes just a couple of minutes before you checkout)
- Watch the price of everything that rings through and make sure all discounts and coupons come off with EACH transaction. This will save you a ton of time later if something doesn’t go through right.
- Keep your receipts and catalinas in a safe place (like your couponizer)
I would love to hear what you have to say about multiple transactions and what tips and ideas you have!