How to Save
Money using Coupons when Grocery Shopping for Food
March 27th, 2006
Oprahís last Debt Diet show on March 24th,
discussed how two families are coping with budgeting and learning to
eat at home. One of the families had spent $29,000 last year eating
out for all of their meals. While many of us do find our way in the
kitchens more often than that there are things we can do to help
keep our grocery food bill low.
One way that most of us know about is using coupons.
Coupon clipping can be an amazing money saving technique. It takes
organization to really save substantially with coupons. If you are
serious about coupon clipping you will learn what Sunday papers have
the most coupon inserts. Usually just before a holiday the coupon
section is stocked full of good coupons. It can really pay to buy
multiple newspapers for the coupons if you having savings on your
When you clip the coupons you will need to have them
organized based on the store isle layouts. You should purchase a
mini expanding file folder to organize your coupons. Put paperclips
on the coupons to group them even further. That way when you are in
that section of the store you will be able to scan your coupons and
match sale items without a lot of stress.
Usually it pays best for coupons in stores that have
double coupon pay outs. These stores are on average more expensive
to shop at if you are not using coupons. If you watch for the sales
in the mail for the grocery stores you could preplan what items to
pick up before even entering the store. This could save a bunch of
The reason for the duplicate coupons is that when you
get one item free with double coupon, wouldnít you want more than
one for free or almost free? I remember one time getting a large
size applesauce for free; it was due to the double coupons. It does
add up, but it also takes more time to shop when coupons are in
mind. If you have a baby it can pay to clip the coupons for the
baby food. It is something that you will need a lot of and if you
are not willing to make all the pureed food it will save you a lot
Not all coupons are great coupons, and you will learn
which coupons are good ones as well as the not so good ones. If you
have favorite foods that you canít live without then you might find
some great coupons to help offset the cost.
Coupons expire so you need to be ready to get rid of
the expired ones. Usually when you put in the new coupons it is a
good time to get rid of the old outdated ones. You can also trade
coupons with friends and also online as well. There are coupons you
can print off of the internet as well. In the store those coupon
dispensers that are all around the store can have some good
discounts. There are also sometimes excellent coupons in the
storeís flyer for the week. If you donít get one in the mail they
usually put them at the front of the store.
Learn to read the fine print on the coupons.
Sometimes coupons are difficult to understand. There are so many
different flavors, and sizes. Watch for coupons that specifically
state the flavor and size. If you donít get the right size or
flavor you wonít get the discount for the item. Grocery stores
sometimes put the non-coupon items that would be mistaken for the
coupon item at the end caps of the store isles. It is common for
sale items to go on the end caps. Make sure you read the coupon.
Even better than coupons is making your food from
whole foods and avoid buying pre-made kits and ready to go food.
But this also takes time too. If you invest in a large freezer it
can help to store your homemade foods for ready to go meals for your
I used to do the coupon clipping until the kids out
numbered my husband and I. This got us to join a wholesale club to
buy food in bulk. It is not always a deal at these stores, but if
you know what to look for you can save a lot of money this way as
well. You wonít be able to get everything at these stores. It is a
good idea to keep on with the coupon clipping at the regular grocery
store as well to fill in where the wholesale club missed.
With young children it can be frustrating to clip
coupons. It is helpful to either have your husband come along with
to help or to leave the kids at home or school when you go to the
grocery store. It is worth a try if you havenít clipped coupons it
can be rewarding to see how much you can save. You will be amazed
how much coupons can discount the cost of food.
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