I'm on Spark this week, talking about the online community of coupon hackers and how we actually trade paper coupons through the mail, and how we teach each other how to get the best deal.
If you are wondering why there is a picture of a baby playing with pill bottles, take a listen.
Now for a few tips for those just starting out in the world of coupon hacking:
1. Look for coupons you will actually use. If you are trying to save money, there’s no point getting coupons for items that you wouldn’t regularly use. However, be open to breaking your brand loyalty, and experimenting with similar products.
2. Use coupons on sale items. You will save a lot of money if you combine a coupon with an item already on sale. Which leads me to this point – when you collect coupons in a store, NEVER use that coupon in that store. In store coupons tend to only appear on regularly priced items. Take those coupons, and find the best deal.
3. Keep organized – coupons will save you money, but if you don’t know where your coupons are, or when they expire, you are throwing money away.
4. Watch the forums – hundreds of thousands of Canadians are crowd sourcing deals every day. Take advantage!
Special thanks to Opera Bob Gibb for taking time out to talk about Air Mile hacking.