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Info Best deals right after coupons come out? Truth or myth?

I've heard from a few different people that you don't get the best deals on items that have coupons, right after the coupons come out in the inserts. I hope that made sense the way I worded that. I'm just trying to find out if that is true or a myth. Should I hold onto the coupon for a few weeks and then possibly settle for a more expensive price? Or jump on the best deal when they come out? I've held out on some of my coupons but I couldn't seem to find a better deal and ended up not using the coupon at all.
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i find the best deals right before the coupon expires! so for me, I say myth. AND there is always another coupon, always another sale.
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Awesome. Thank you! I'm still new and FULL of questions for the "old-times" lol I wish I could find some people in my local area to get together and talk about their methods and get advice from face to face. This site it amazing so far though Thanks for your input.
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I've heard from a few different people that you don't get the best deals on items that have coupons, right after the coupons come out in the inserts. I hope that made sense the way I worded that. I'm just trying to find out if that is true or a myth. Should I hold onto the coupon for a few weeks and then possibly settle for a more expensive price? Or jump on the best deal when they come out? I've held out on some of my coupons but I couldn't seem to find a better deal and ended up not using the coupon at all.
If it's a new item that is just introduced, yes, it does seem like it's right when the coupon is released. In general, however, I don't see a particular pattern with other coupons.

It may take a little while, but a price book is your best friend. Keep it by store and log low prices (sales, loss leaders + coupon savings) and look for a pattern. Once you get your price book well established you'll know your rock bottom prices for items your family needs. Then, when a sale comes up with a coupon you'll know if you should hold off on an item or buy it now!

You don't need to use every coupon that comes out. Sometimes you'll find a product you need on loss leader at your store that beats any price you'd get with a coupon. Again, that price book will tell you when you should stock up, or buy of you need it. If I can't find a good enough deal I'll let coupons expire. Lots and lots of Qs expire by me.

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MYTH!!! Unless its a premier of the product I always hang onto it. Make a price book. That will help you know when to buy!!! I never just jump on the first sale. It usually gets better. You can PM me if you ever need help with something. I remember what it was like to be totally new to this big and confusing couponing thing. Once you get into it though it gets easier.

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ditto the others... new products seem as if the coupon is better to use right before it expires while others seem to be pretty good within a week or so.

Here is an article I wrote on Price books that you may find helpful in setting up one, etc. The Price Book Revisited

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I never thought of making a Price List. But that makes complete sense and is almost like another category for binders.

May have to get a small notebook and set one up.
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Every once in a while, a new coupon does dovetail with a hot deal, but in my experience ( like the others ), that is a rare occurrence. Most of the best deals I've ever gotten are with coupons I've held for weeks and weeks - then you pounce and stock up!

I personally think this is why so many of us collect and hold onto inserts. Often, a deal comes along that uses a coupon that is a month or 2's worth of inserts back. Tearpads and blinkies, too. Grab a couple and wait. Often, a great deal is to be had after the tearpad is taken down, or at a completely different store.

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If it's a new item that is just introduced, yes, it does seem like it's right when the coupon is released. In general, however, I don't see a particular pattern with other coupons.

It may take a little while, but a price book is your best friend. Keep it by store and log low prices (sales, loss leaders + coupon savings) and look for a pattern. Once you get your price book well established you'll know your rock bottom prices for items your family needs. Then, when a sale comes up with a coupon you'll know if you should hold off on an item or buy it now!

You don't need to use every coupon that comes out. Sometimes you'll find a product you need on loss leader at your store that beats any price you'd get with a coupon. Again, that price book will tell you when you should stock up, or buy of you need it. If I can't find a good enough deal I'll let coupons expire. Lots and lots of Qs expire by me.
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I agree with previous posters. A price book will tell you when a product is at its rock bottom price. Only once or twice have I used my coupons and then found a better sale before they would have expired.

If you're getting close to running out of a product and find an "okay" sale, just buy one or two to get you through. Wait patiently for a really great sale and a really great coupon and THEN stockpile!!

Never, never, NEVER be afraid to let coupons go. There will always be another coupon and another sale.
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