Saving BIG At Retail Stores With The Coupon Queen

Many retail outlets now offer discount coupons either online or part of a sale flyer. I love browsing through my paper to see all the savings and the variety of stores that have jumped on this money-saving bandwagon. Each week the sales change, and so do the coupons. So it pays to be patient and wait for that needed item.

A couple of months ago my printer started acting up. I decided to buy a new one, get the $ 50 recycle printer credit at Staples and wait for the best deal. I found the HP 6100 series on sale for $ 129. With my $ 50 recycle credit, and a $ 25 coupon, my final cost was $ 54.

Lord and Taylor is one of my favorite stores for 2 reasons. They always have sales and coupons, and I think they have the best petite department among all my stores. So with the 50% off the already reduced price I purchased 7 items: 6 tops and 1 pair of pants. For all the items combined with my 20% coupon I paid $ 93.

In my Sunday paper I found the following store flyers and print coupons:

* Bed Bath & Beyond
* Kohl’s
* Sports Authority
* Michaels
* Lord & Taylor
* Mavis
* Macy’s

By going online, I found an entire batch of others. Some printable and others to be used when ordering online. I was looking for Chicos and found an online discount. Same for Best Buy and Old Navy. The savings vary from free shipping to a percent off the total.

As a matter of fact, there are whole web sites dedicated to coupon codes that help save on online shopping. While some of these tasks may seem time consuming, it’s like everything else. Once you develop a few good places and become accustomed to using them, it only adds a minute or two onto your shopping experience. There are a some very good ones out there. A few of my favorites are:

* Coupon Cabin
* Retailmenot
* Dealcatcher

But you can also Google “coupon codes” and find a few other sites you might like as well.

Retail outlets have created another ingenious way to get you coming back to the store. It’s a sort of loyalty program

The other day at Petco I bought a new leash. At the bottom of the receipt was a short survey with a promise of a $ 2 coupon on your next purchase at Petco. I haven’t done the survey yet, but I will shortly and head back to Petco for another purchase.

I did reply to the survey at Old Navy. I was offered 10% off my entire purchase with a short and I do mean short, survey (maybe a minute or so). At the end of the survey is a code that gets written on the receipt for your next purchase and a 10% savings.

So before you start browsing online, make sure to check for coupons codes, a 10 or 20% savings can really add up. Stop paying too much and start saving today! To learn more, visit one of my websites or pick up my new book “Supershop like the Coupon Queen” which hit’s stands on Sept. 7.

Susan Samtur is the Author of “Cashing in at the Checkout” a best seller with over one million copies sold. Susan is also the founder of http://www.refundlebundle.com, http://www.selectcouponprogram.com and http://www.couponqueen.com, as well as the publisher of the Refundle Bundle Magazine.