I remember years ago when I used to wait for the Sunday newspaper, so I could go through all the coupons and carefully choose which ones to clip and use in the grocery store that week. Now, you don't have to purchase or wait for delivery of a Sunday newspaper, because we are bringing hundreds of dollars worth of coupons to you right here at the end of this article. Clip away and print at your convenience!
Let's Talk About Coupons
Coupons are a great way to save money. But, they also can entice you to purchase items you normally wouldn't. Just remember that saving money on something you wouldn't typically buy and don't need, might not be such a bargain!
That being said, not using available coupons for items you need and use means leaving money on the table.
Here are some tips and tricks to using coupons wisely:
1. Combine coupons with sale prices. The best bang for the buck comes when an item is on sale, and you have a coupon you can use.
2. Know your standard prices. What is the best, reasonable, everyday price for a product? That's your baseline.
3. Figure out the price per unit. For example, if it's a jar of peanut butter, divide the price by the number of ounces. That way you can compare prices easily no matter what store you're in. Costco, for example, frequently sells items in larger containers and packages than Fry's. But, if you know the price per unit, you can compare easily. Hint: Costco isn't always cheaper.
4. Sometimes it is cheaper to purchase an item without a coupon at Walmart, for example, than it is at another grocery store with a coupon. Also, Walmart will frequently accept other stores' coupons, and match their ad prices!
5. Your smart phone is your best shopping buddy. You can use the calculator on the phone, take photos of items for reference, and do immediate searches online to find out more information. You can keep your shopping list in an app like Notes (on the Mac) or Evernote (all platforms) which will share information across devices. You can even load the other stores grocery ads to your phone, and then show it to Walmart to ad match if you like.
6. Don't forget, almost all grocery chains have digital coupons these days. Typically, they are associated with your store membership card (Fry's and Safeway), or the app on your phone (Sprouts). Create an account, set up your app, find your coupons and click away. Usually, you don't even have to print them - the store will automatically compute your savings. Of course, you won't be able to ad match these at Walmart. Sprouts also has a program for "Checkout Challenges".
7. Be organized. I can't stress this enough. Know your meal plan, and what you need to buy for the week. Plan your meals around the weekly sales. Try not to go into stores any more often than you absolutely need to. This will save you money and time.
8. Don't buy it if you don't need it. No matter how cheap it is. Even if your coupon is expiring. It's no bargain if it's an unnecessary purchase.