I will admit that I’m not the best couponer. I blame forgetfulness and a lack of time as my reasons for not staying diligent. If you’re like me and don’t have the patience to be a full-time coupon-clipper, but still want to save money on staple goods, here is a list of the 12 household items you should never buy without a coupon.
These items aren’t luxuries either. They are everyday essentials that almost every household uses. I think it’s because they are necessities that I am adamant about getting the best price for them. If I were buying something that I wanted, then I wouldn’t have as much of a problem with splurging.
The way I see it, if I have to buy these essentials, then I will spend as little of my hard-earned money on them as possible. Add in that the below list contains items that almost always have available coupons, and it’s nothing but a win-win.
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One tip I’ve learned is to buy these products when you find a good deal instead of when you desperately need them. If you see your local store has something on sale and you have a coupon and you’re already going anyway, why not pick is up while you’re there. Now, I’m not saying that you have to clear your car out of the garage so you can start stacking cases of toilet paper inside, but you could pick up an extra pack at a good price since you know it’ll be used.
There are several places to find printable coupons on the internet, but inside the paper from the first Sunday of the month is where you’ll find the PG Brandsaver insert. It usually has loads of coupons for the following items. Another way to save money on your staple items is with rebates. In my opinion, it’s even easier to use rebates than coupons, but using both on the items you need will save you even more. Check out my other post for a list of the Top 5 Rebate Apps to Download.
12 Household items you should never buy without a coupon
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While you can make your own laundry detergent for pretty cheap, it isn’t always time efficient. You can almost always find coupons for laundry detergent, fabric softener (you can find an easy way to make your own here), and dryer sheets
If you have kids, then you know how messy they can be. Paper towels are definitely a necessity in my home, and I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t use store-bought toilet paper. You can usually find several brand’s coupons available at any time. Look for which one is cheaper to get the best deal.
You gotta have it so why not use a coupon. Toothpaste, mouthwash, toothbrushes, floss–all of these products regularly have coupons available.
If you don’t have a brand that you can’t live without, or even if you do and that brand is one of the more popular ones, you can save quite a bit by using coupons. A lot of the time, you can even find BOGO coupons, where you buy the shampoo and get the conditioner free or vice versa.
The good thing about feminine hygiene products is that there are only a few name brands available. So regardless of which brand you usually use, it’s likely to find a coupon. These tend to be pretty valuable too. Sometimes knocking a couple of dollars off the price.
Like feminine hygiene products, most name brand deodorants have coupons readily available. Save that extra money and buy yourself something pretty.
If you have little ones, you know how expensive diapers can be. While you probably don’t want to change brands regularly–tiny hineys being so easily irritated and all–you can look for a brand that constantly offers coupons from the beginning. Then buy diapers when you have an available coupon instead of waiting until you’re almost out.
Whether you’re feeding your pet, change your cat’s litter, or just looking to buy some treats, supporting your pet can get expensive. Most name brands offer coupons so use them.
Just like feeding your pets, feeding your kids is outrageously expensive. One staple that always has coupons is cereal. Since it’s nonperishable, you can stock up for when the kids go through one of those stages where they want to eat three bowls a day.
Antacids, Allergy Relief, Vitamins, and Painkillers all have regular coupons. Since you don’t have to buy them very often, you can pick them up when you have a coupon available.
While they aren’t as needed during the winter (don’t pretend that you shave as often when you’re wearing long pants all the time), razors are a necessary evil for most of us. You can get some really good deals with the use of coupons.
Kids, batteries, the names are practically synonymous because if you have kids, it’s a good bet that you need batteries. Duracell, Energizer, Rayovac offer coupons regularly.
Well, there you have it. Those are the twelve necessities that I never buy without a coupon. Of course, there are other things that I use coupons for, but these are my line in the sand. Regardless of how busy I am or how disorganized I’m feeling, I will print out and clip coupons for these items because I know how easy it is and that I will save a considerable amount because of it.
What are the items you never buy without using a coupon? I’m curious to know if they made my list. Leave a comment and let me know.