We all want to save money and time on our grocery bill. If you are a coupon clipper, here are some tips to follow to increase your savings:
Check all kinds of sources for coupons. The Sunday paper, on store shelves, inside or attached to products, magazines, coupons by mail, online and even a text. Note: there is an annual fee for some of these on-line services. Some of these have a higher value, which equal more savings! As they say, buyers beware of what you are signing up to purchase.
There are coupon sites that give you additional information on stores that have special savings codes (such sites as RetailMeNot).
If you select to print FREE coupons, you might be asked to give your email, cell phone number or date of birth, just be mindful of who you are sharing this information with or know how it will be used.
Be aware as you might start getting up solicited phone calls or unwanted emails. Simply reply by asking them to remove your number and stop the calls or emails. Sites such as grocerycouponcart.com or couponalert.com will promote free coupon, but you will need to download software and agree to their licensing requirements. There are some sites that will have free printable sites; while other sites may even have time sensitive dates or be location specific. So be sure to read the details.
Go directly to the store’s website. This might be the quickest and safest way to really save.
Watch for multiple ways to save. This simply means saving multiple times with multiple offers with just one purchase. For example, some products have a coupon on their website that you can print and save on your purchase; then cut the UPC code from the item and for every 10 you mail in you will get a free coupon for the product. Some yogurts offer this option. Participating schools get $.30 for each label and they match the 1st $100. So while saving money you can help your local schools out too!
Take advantage of store coupons and look for unadvertised sales. Often people do not realize that you can use a store coupon on top of a manufacturer’s coupon to maximize your savings. More often than not you can actually get stuff free! Look for unadvertised specials and clearance prices while shopping. Pair them up with coupons and you will find yourself racking up the free and cheap.
Get Organized. Make sure you find something that is comfortable and convenient to use to store your coupons. Use a binder for easy viewing and storage. Using envelopes with clothes pins, divided up by categories can be a simple way to get started. Be organized to save time and take advantage of saving money.
Use coupons beyond the grocery store. You can find coupons for just about anything. Restaurants, haircuts, department stores, kids’ activities, entertainment, auto care, and more!
Make the most of your coupons by following some of these ideas and tips:
- Don’t buy something just because you have a coupon. Use you food shopping list as a strategy to keep you on your budget.
- Use coupons for items that are on your shopping list. For a new product, use the coupon when the item is on sale. That could be a double savings as well as a chance for your family to try out a new item.
- Trade coupons with friends and family. Make it a family affair by involving your children. Ask your neighbors for their leftover coupons, too.
- Compare prices – another brand may be cheaper than the item with the coupon. Check unit pricing to save.
- Check coupons for expiration dates, sizes, and amounts you can buy. If it doesn’t fit your needs, save your money.
- Some stores will accept expired coupons…it never hurts to ask.
- Reuse envelopes to organize coupons and save time and money.
- After checking out, check your receipt to be sure your coupons were included. There is no savings to you, if your coupon is not credited.
NOTE: Information in this article is provided purely for educational purposes. No responsibility is assumed for any problems associated with the use of products or services mentioned in this article. No endorsement of products or companies is intended, nor is criticism of unnamed products or companies implied.