All About Coupons

Coupons are a great way to save money in the grocery store. Here are some tips:

1. There are many different places to find coupons. Here are some suggestions:

a. Newspapers – Your local Sunday paper will have several sections on coupons that you can clip week to week. Most have expiration dates of a least a month so even if you don’t need it now, you might before the coupon expires. Go ahead and clip the coupon to use later.

b. Websites – You can access websites like – www.coupons.com or www.smartsource.com. You don’t need to pay money to find coupons online. There are plenty of websites that will give you the coupons for free.

c. Manufacturer’s websites – If you have a specific item that you like and use on a regular basis, check out that manufacturers website for coupons on that item. If there is not a coupon online, call the manufacturer and ask for one. The worst they can say is one is not available.

d. In Store – Many supermarkets have their own coupons with specials for that week included. Check your Wednesday papers or go into the store to find them. Most supermarkets will have a display at the front of their store with their coupons and sales specials for the week.

2. Stacking. This is a concept where you buy an item on sale, use a coupon, use an in-store coupon, and get the item for an unbelievable savings. For example, a box of cereal is on sale for half price. The regular price is $5.00 and on sale for $2.50. You have a $.55 coupon for the item. The store you are purchasing the item in also doubles your coupon. So your coupon is worth $1.10. $2.50 minus $1.10 is $1.40. So you bought a $5.00 box of cereal for $1.40. You saved over 70%!

3. Double Coupons. Many stores will double coupons. Some stores will even double up to $.75 or greater. Look in your market to see which stores will double coupons and by how much.

4. Be Smart with Coupon Amounts. Since many stores will double coupons up to $.55 or greater, look for coupons that will be worth more. For example, you have a $.75 coupon for 2 cans of green beans and a $.55 coupon for the same 2 cans of green beans. If the grocery store you are in will double coupons up to $.55, then the $.55 coupon will be worth $1.10 at the register. That’s $.35 more!

5. Next Visit Coupons. When you check out at the register, many companies will now give you coupons on items that you purchased on this visit. Keep and use those coupons in the future. They also many give incentives such as save $10 off your next $75 purchase.

6. Start a Neighborhood / Work Coupon Exchange. Get several of your neighbors together and vow to save every coupon they get their hands on; whether it be from the internet, in the newspaper, in the grocery store, etc. Every couple of weeks or once a month, have everyone bring all their coupons they are not going to use and exchange with each other. The same concept can work for co-workers. Have a central location where you can bring all of your extra coupons that you are not going to use and let everyone in the office during their free time go through the coupons. You may not use a certain brand or ever purchase a certain item, however one of your neighbors or co-workers might. This is just a great way for everyone to accumulate and use as many coupons as possible.