Coupons can get you quite a lot off the cost of your shopping.
It is worth taking the time to cut them out of newspapers and magazines, print them off sites, and use voucher codes.
There’s something of an art to doing this, and you can read websites and watch videos that will give you more skill at couponing.
Some places will do ‘double’ coupons whereby you take the coupon to the store and it’s worth double its value, usually this is up to $0.99.
Some shops have days of the week where they double coupons, for example Albertsons who do ‘double-the-value’ up to $1.
Their weekday specials are specific to each store, to make it quite individually tailored.
1 – Coupons.com
This is a site that has printable coupons; online coupon codes; card linked codes for money saving where you either get cash-back, or save a percentage of money; and area specific help.
There is also a blog. You can sort the ‘category’ of the coupons by ‘food’.
There are money off vouchers on things like baby products such as eczema cream, laundry detergent, formula for breastfed babies, or groceries like soup, cereals, spread, yoghurts, cheese, pizzas etc, and lots of really well known brands such as: Campbells, Pillsbury, Kellogs, Yoplait etc.
Any vouchers that get you money off products are worth using, as they will reduce your overall shopping bill, and all cents add up to dollars.
Food lovers can sort to search by specific stores or items that you’re wanting to buy. It’s very user-friendly.
2 – Coupon Sherpa
This is a site once again where you can print off coupons.
What’s good about this too, is that it has an optional mobile phone application, so that if you want, you can keep track of coupons whilst you’re out and about; and this could be useful if you don’t have the facility to print – because the coupon just comes up as a bar-code on your mobile phone screen, that could be swiped at the shop.
The coupons are always free. There is a specific section for ‘Grocery Coupons’ with money off soup, baby cereal, rolls, coffee, cookie mix and dough, chocolate, yoghurts etc.
The site contains coupon codes, which get you a certain percent off the products you buy, or the first shop you do somewhere.
3 – Grocery Coupon Network
This site has printable coupons, with a ‘how to get started’ guide, videos and FAQs; and offers of rare coupons to entice users of this site.
This one also has tutorial videos for the new money saver on how best to coupon, even ‘extreme’ couponing if you really wanted to make big savings.
The type of stores that come up on the site include: Albertson’s, CVS, Kroger, Meijer, Publix, Rite Aid, Safeway, Target, Walgreens, Walmart, Whole Foods and others.
4 – Buy Sunday papers
If you buy 2 Sunday papers, whilst you do have the initial cost of the papers, you’ll reap this back in money-off coupons for your grocery shopping.
You can buy newspapers from Dollar Tree, or you could subscribe to newspapers that sometimes give you discounts for doing so.
5 – Print 2 coupons
When you print coupons from an online site, it will often allow you to print two coupons, so this is an excellent way of making double the saving.
Before printing though, read it carefully to ensure you will get to use both before the date/offer expires.
6 – P&G Every Day
This is a manufacturer’s website, which allows you to print off coupons/vouchers for money off products.
There are Shopper Card coupons that allow you to pick the names of stores you want to shop at from a list, and then filter that further by ‘grocery’ to see what money off vouchers there are.
7 – The Krazy Coupon Lady
A site that shows you how to use the coupons available to get the best bargains on groceries and other items. There are tips and even ‘brags’, where you can read about people’s best bargains.
There is a huge list of stores, of where coupons could come up and be used at. There are coupons you can print; newspaper coupons (and it gives you the date they expire); mobile coupons, and e-coupons.
The coupons are listed alphabetically, or you can use a ‘search option’. The ‘Lets Shop’ section of the site is interesting.
It shows you what can be bought, for example with $6.08 and it shows you this visually with a photo (and includes goods of toffees, sweets and other grocery household products) whereby if coupons hadn’t been used, this normally would have cost $105.
This is a staggering and impressive saving! You can download Apps for Apple, and for Android via Google Play.
8 – Extreme Couponing
There is a TV programme called ‘Extreme Couponing’ that was shown on TLC between 2010 and 2012, and there’s still a website that accompanies it: http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/extreme-couponing/.
People save money off vouchers from the manufacturers, local papers and online to save money. People who use extreme couponing, seem to have got their groceries for next to nothing on most episodes and save hundreds of dollars on food.
Sometimes the supermarkets even owe them money. A few of the episodes show extreme couponers dropping off a food shop for homeless or deprived people, but mostly they seem to stockpile food for themselves.
The programme says that the aim of the people on it is to: “get as much as possible for as little as possible by cashing in on some serious savings”.
On one of the shows’ episodes a groom wants to feed his wedding reception on $20; and on another, a lady wants to feed the 16 members of her Italian family on $100.
This does show you what is possible, when you put your mind to eating economically.
9 – Walmart Coupons
Many supermarkets have their own coupon part of their websites; although many of the sites seem to have online coupons mostly for non-perishable foods, and not fresh-food alternatives.
Many coupons on company websites, do tend to be replicated on other coupon sites too … if you cross reference many sites, you’ll see the same coupons off certain brands/types of food.
But, these do obviously change all the time, so it is worth constantly checking and keeping up to date with the latest offers.
10 – Organize and File your Coupons for Easy Use
There’s a useful article by Barbara Dahl, an economics college lecturer in the US, from The University of Illinois Extension, which teaches about saving money on your groceries by using money off coupons.
The article appeared in ‘Thrifty Living’ and is titled: ‘Save Money With Manufacturers’ Coupons’.
She suggests that if you file your coupons into categories of things that you frequently buy then you can easily put your hands on the correct coupon when you make your shopping list.
You’ll avoid making any mistakes and save time by being well organized and efficient.
11 – Coupon Exchange
Cut out every coupon that you find, even if it doesn’t appeal to you, and become involved with a coupon exchange, whereby you can swap coupons with other people who do have coupons for products you want.
You’ll often see coupon exchanges on coupon sites; or some stores have a bin for unwanted coupons. It’s a case of using what is useful to you, and helping others by sharing.
Facebook can be a good social media place to let others know of coupons you have that could help them. The wonderful thing about people is that we all have different tastes, and what one person does not like, may well appeal to someone else.
12 – Coupons for Online Shopping
Kyle James gives guidance in an article about useful coupons for when you’re online shopping, so that you can get the benefits of coupons without having to even leave your own house.
A lot of these come from coupon codes, that you enter just prior to online checkout; and these may give you free-delivery, or a certain percentage off your order.
Sometimes there’s simply a promotional code that a site offers. Kyle suggests that if you simply start out with a regular Google search of the store you want to shop at combined with the word coupons, this will bring up any relevant coupon sites.
You can follow certain shops with newsletters and on social media such as Twitter and Facebook.
Here’s the link to the article: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2013/04/05/a-beginners-guide-to-online-couponing.
However Kyle also has his own coupon website called ‘Rather Be Shopping’ that you can find here: http://www.rather-be-shopping.com/ where you can search the database of coupons from over 800+ online stores.
You can search by category, and there is a category for ‘food and cooking’.
13 – Stockpiling Moms
This is an excellent site that has a wealth of information to save you money. It has coupons to print, which are updated daily.
It has recipes, currently a lot of these recipes are crock-pot based, simply due to the time of year that it is. But the recipes will change with the seasons.
The crock-pot recipes are enormously versatile and varied; you won’t believe some of the things that you can make in a crock-pot so it is definitely worth a look (including breakfast casseroles and hash brown casseroles).
The site has information about sales etc. With regards to coupons, there are coupons that have been clipped, a coupon database, printable coupons, organic coupons, an explanation of coupon lingo with a helpful list of all the different types of abbreviations that can be used with coupons.
14 – Money Saving Mum Blog
Money Saving Mom is a blog that has money saving tips about coupons, and budget meals.
In Oct 2014, there’s a free 2016 Make Over Your Calender 7 day course; when you subscribe by entering your email address, there’s a ‘Guide to Freezer Cooking’ for free.
It’s interactive and budget friendly, and includes shopping lists, ingredient lists, recipes etc. The recipes include desserts and incorporate lots of fruit and veg to keep them healthy.
There are lots of hints and tips on the blog for the best deals in shopping and coupons. What is good is the shopping lists, with prices (total under $50) and from that a realistic meal plan for the week, which shows it can be done.
15 – Make use of your age or occupation for discounts
If you’re a student and have a valid student card, many eating-places will offer you student discount or special offers – this may particularly apply with eating-places and shops near your campus, college or school.
If you’re a senior citizen some ‘early bird’ offers may appeal to you at restaurants, and you may also find some restaurants do other discounts.
If you’re in a certain profession such as teaching, nursing or the armed forces some restaurants will do discount for you based on your occupation, again especially in eating-places/shops near your work location.
If you belong to a club or team (could be sporting) you may be entitled to discount. It’s often worth phoning places up before you visit or emailing them to ask what discounts they offer.
16 – Be Frugal.com Restaurant Coupons
If you’re wanting to eat out, it’s always worth checking Be Frugal.Com to see what coupons you could get off your meal. It has printable coupons for restaurants and fast food places.
There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from, you just simply click on the restaurant name, print your coupon and save yourself some money off your meal.
It does also have sections on the website for grocery coupons, online coupons, freebies and cash-back shopping places online where you can be sent a cheque; or get your money placed into a PayPal account.