Grocery Coupon Tips
Coupons are a great way to save money at the grocery store. But be careful! Many coupons are for highly processed, unhealthy food. It won’t help you or your family if you feed them junk food that will fill their stomachs, but leave their bodies empty of nutrients. Go through your coupons at least once a month to toss out any expired ones and ones that won’t help you eat healthier.
Here are some tips to help you get more out of your dollars through couponing.
Before you get to the store – know where to find coupons
Look in your mailbox. Many stores still send ads and coupons for promotion, so don’t overlook that so-called “junk mail.”
Search for coupons on the web. There are many websites that keep track of available coupons.
Look for savings in the newspaper. Brand name coupons are found as inserts in the paper every Sunday — except on holiday weekends. Some stores will double the value of brand name coupons on certain days.
Stay organized so coupons are easy to find. Sort your coupons either by item or in alphabetical order. Develop a system that’s easiest for you and make finding coupons quick and hassle-free. Ideas for coupon storage include 3-ring binders, accordion-style organizers, or plain envelopes.
Find a coupon buddy.Swap coupons you won’t use with a friend. You can get rid of clutter and discover additional discounts.
Couponing at the grocery store
Join your store’s loyalty program. Signup is usually free, and you can receive savings and electronic coupons when you provide your email address.
Find deals right under your nose. Look for coupons with your receipt, as peel-offs on items, and on signs along aisle shelves.
Buy when foods are on sale. Maximize your savings by using coupons on sale items. You may find huge deals such as “buy one get one free.”
Find out if the store will match competitors’ coupons. Many stores will accept coupons, as long as they are for the same item. Check with the customer service desk for further details.