Source: Jeff Yeager, AARP
Discounts on these goods and services can add up to big savings
Getting your rugs scrubbed can be significantly cheaper with coupons, particularly those from local service providers. Avoid having your carpets cleaned just before the year-end holidays, when demand is greatest and discount deals are often scarce.
Common coupon deals include a free eye exam for just coming in the store, free frames or a BOGO offer: Buy one pair of glasses and get a second pair for free. An offer like that could have you seeing double.
In addition to coupons for fixed dollar discounts or “buy 3, get the 4th one free” deals on new tires, some retailers offer coupons for added incentives, such as free installation or lifetime rotation/rebalancing.
Yes, even some already thrifty thrift stores and consignment shops offer discount coupons or a flat markdown on everything in the store on special sale days. Check for downloadable coupons from national chains including Goodwill and Salvation Army, on their websites and social media.
Common coupons include buy one entrée, get a second one free, or get a free appetizer or dessert when you buy dinner. Look for coupons in the newspaper or yellow pages, and check websites such as Restaurant.com and Cardpool.com for discounted gift cards and certificates.
Search online for manufacturer’s coupons on toothpaste, and other common toiletries and cosmetics, then watch for when they’re on sale. Between manufacturer’s coupons, store sales and loyalty reward programs, you might score free toothpaste. That will put a smile on any shopper’s face.