Basics of shopping with coupons. Everything you need to know.
Are you looking for ways to stretch your dollar? Are you feeling the bite of the economy these days? Many of us are trying to make our dollars stretch just a little bit further these days. Rather it be from a job loss, you can’t work or it isn’t affordable to work (if you are like me and live in a high cost of living area and the daycare would cost more money then you would make.) We have two options: 1) Make more money or 2) Spend less! I’m here today to give you some tips and ideas on how to spend less and to save money on your grocery bill.
- Sunday paper~ You can subscribe through your local newspaper or you can pick up the paper for $1.00 on Sundays at either Walmart or the Dollar Store. I recommend getting at least 2 newspapers a week.
- Printable coupons~ These are coupons that you can print from online directly from your computer. Smartsource.com, coupons.com, and redplum.com are just a couple of sites.
- Blinkies are the coupons you get from the little machines in the stores next to the groceries. You know, the ones that your kids are always pulling a million of them out of and proudly showing you?
- You can also get some great coupons from various magazines and from manufacturer’s websites.
- First thing, you do not have to use your coupons right away. The key is to save your coupon and match it up with a sale price. This is how you will get the most bang for your buck. I often get items VERY CHEAP or even FREE by doing this.
- The second thing to know is that you can use 1 store coupon AND 1 manufacture coupon per product, but you cannot use 2 of the same coupon per product and it can only be used once per item.Here are a couple of examples from Albertson’s this week~
Use $1.00 off from 11/15 SS (smartsource)
Use $1.00/3 from 11/15 SS
- BOGO Sales~ You can use 2 manufacturer coupons for a Buy one, get one free sale.
$1/1 Lip RP 11/8
$1/1 Eye SS 9/20
- We’ve been taught to buy in bulk or to buy the larger quantity item, but with couponing it is often times the opposite.
- The generic brand is not always the cheaper price.
- 10/$10 – you usually don’t have to buy 10 to get the sale price.
- Start small.
- Don’t clear the shelf of all the items and don’t take all the blinkies.
- Don’t follow the picture on the coupon; read the fine print.
- Keep the kids at home and consider shopping late.