Make The Most Of Your Free Item Coupons – Best Ways to Use Them!

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If you have been reading my site for a while or have been using my COMPANIES TO CONTACT list you are probably starting to get quite a few free item coupons. Free item coupons are rare and hard to get, so make sure to make the most of the ones you do get by using them to maximize their value. It is so tempting when you get it in the mail to run to the store and get your free item, but patience can pay off!

Here’s a few tips to maximize your free item coupon!

Watch for BOGO sales!
Publix and several other stores have BOGO sales pretty much every week. If you have a free item coupon, you can get TWO items for free with a BOGO sale. Why not get two items instead of one!

Match a free item coupon w/ a $x off $xx coupon!
I love doing this to get the items I need for free. Say you have a $5 off $20 coupon and you have a few free item coupons. Use the free item coupons and get the stuff you need and pay less out of pocket. This is a REALLY great deal if you can combine the coupons with a BOGO sale! ***Don’t forget you can do this at CVS & Walgreen’s as well. They offer these coupon very often so this is a great way to get up to the amount required to use it!

Get the largest size allowed!
A lot of free item coupons do not have size restriction, so instead of getting the smallest box get the largest available under the coupon value. Although sometimes its better to pay a little and get twice as much! For example, the coupon is valued up to $3.99 – the small box is $2.99 and the large box is $4.49, sometimes it makes more sense to get the large box and pay $.50 for twice as much rather than lose a $1.00 of the value of the coupon! Of course this only applies if the item is something you use a lot, if you are just getting a free item that won’t get used there is no reason to spend extra money!

Match the free item coupon with a store coupon!
You might get lucky and find a store coupon for the same item you have a free item coupon. If you do use both at the same time and make a overage. Sometimes you will get super lucky and find a store coupon for an item that is BOGO, that means two free items and a nice little overage!

Make sure you use them before they expire!
A lot of coupons have an expiration date pretty far off so in most cases it doesn’t matter if you use it now or later. Just make sure to use it before it expires, nothing is worse than an expired free item coupon! I keep mine in the very front of my coupon binder to ensure I use them before they expire!

Now your turn! Any other tricks you use to maximize your free item coupons?


  1. claudia on February 23, 2011 at 8:18 am

    the clairol free foam haircolor coupon can be used with the next wags sale (2/27) for a 1$ MM

  2. Rae on February 23, 2011 at 11:57 am

    This week I used my free Herbal Essences coupon (as well as the $1/1 coupon that came with it) to get 2 free bottles after ecb at CVS. I also saved my free Nabisco cookies or crackers coupon from last year to get free plus $.60 overage (after mega event and cat coupon) Oreos at Kroger.

  3. Bethany on February 23, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I also like to use them when my Giant Eagle has sales like “Spend $10 on the items below and get a coupon for $3 off your next transaction!”

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