Coupons, coupons, coupons . . .
According to www.msn.com/money coupon redemption in the United States increased 63% in 2011, and Americans saved $3.7 billion as a result, Coupons.org reports. That dollar figure represents 3.3 billion coupons — 100 million more than were used in 2009. I am one of those grocery coupon users, but it wasn’t until after I became financially ruined because of an accident and had to retire at a young age that I found the glory of couponing. Let’s face it, I had to figure out a way to save money anyway possible, couponing seemed easy and God knows I had the time to search and clip. I must admit though, it did take some time to learn, plan and strategize, but once I got the hang of it the savings were unreal. I also learned other valuable lessons on how to save money while grocery shopping and last week alone using coupons in conjunction with sale items got my bill down to $130.00 from $208.00, so get your pen and paper and get ready to take notes.
Printable, store and manufacturer’s coupons
There are many ways to find grocery coupons and one of them is through the internet. Here are just a few as listed on http://www.womansday.com/life/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-coupons
- · SmartSource.com
- · CouponQueen.com
- · WD.com Coupon section
I also use PrintableCoupons.com which requires downloading a barcode App that’s safe and reliable. Each week a new list of coupons is sent to me and I can print one or all of them depending on what I need and what they are offering. In addition to the coupons I print, I look through the circular of the grocery store I normally shop at for store coupons and sale items. Once a month, our local newspaper includes a separate booklet with all sorts of manufacturer’s coupons and they usually run hand in hand with the sale items at my grocery store. It’s a win, win situation.
Planning and stockpiling
Take time each week and dedicate it to couponing and sale scanning. I have got it down to about an hour’s worth of work twice a month. Write everything down, I list my coupon and sale items down under categories such as;
- · Frozen foods
- · Dairy
- · Grocery
- · Produce
- · General merchandise
It makes it much easier to stay organized and on track while shopping. I have found through experience that store brands are not always the better buy as they never seem to go on sale, but National brands usually go on sale every 6-8 weeks. When National brands go on sale, stockpile them! Don’t buy 2, buy 10 or 12! It may seem like overkill, but it’s not. If you only buy 2 and use those up in 2 weeks, then you will have to go out and buy them again at the regular price. Make sure you stockpile your kitchen with items that you can use to put any type of breakfast, lunch or supper together. Remember too that all your meals don’t have to have meat as the main ingredient. This will save you even more money as the price of meat is absurd and way overpriced. (What do grocery stores do with all that super expensive meat that expires daily? They throw it away, but that’s another angry article.)
I am now the Domestic God in my house and my family and friends have affectionately given me the name the Coupon King. Eating well and eating smart does not have to deplete your bank account, it just requires a little bit of dedication and discipline. In January of 2014, my total savings for the month amounted to $375.00. Now multiply that by 12 months and you have a pretty sweet vacation, college tuition or a down payment on a new car.