Hey, y’all! So today I wanted to round up all of the ways I save money with coupons! When I was first starting out with my budget, I really had no idea how to cut down on my grocery bill. It seemed like that line item was always going to be the same amount every month. Then I was introduced to couponing. This not only saved me money on my grocery bill, but it also ended up saving me on makeup and home items as well!
3 Steps To Saving Money With Coupons
Collect All Of Your Coupons
The first step is to, of course, get said coupons! There are two ways to do this. I do both, personally. At least one of your regional newspapers will have Sunday papers that include coupons. I live in San Diego, so mine is the Union-Tribune. Usually, newspaper websites will let you know if they do or not. Not only do I have one delivered to my house, but I also grab three more newspapers from my local Dollar Tree on Sundays. It’s kind of become my ritual. I grab a coffee on Sunday and go grab my newspapers.
The other way is to use Coupons.com. If you create a login on this website you can print out coupons from your house for free. The coupons here can differ from the newspaper ones, so that’s why I use both.
Another thing I’ve done in the past if I really love a product, and I don’t have a coupon for it, is email the company to see if they have any coupons currently. They’ll usually email you their current coupons, or let you know they don’t have any. I’m really specific about brands I use on certain things, so this helps with that when the newspaper doesn’t have a coupon for what I want.
Okay, now that we’ve started our hunt for coupons, it’s time to start stacking them up! It took me a good month of couponing before I had a solid collection that I could refer back to for certain items and sales. I use a big binder with baseball card holders to keep all of them in and organize them by product type.
Check Out Those Sales!
This is the major part of couponing that actually makes it worth it. A lot of people just try to use coupons and realize that on their own they don’t save you that much money. You have to stack them on top of a sale to really save. While I’m cutting out coupons on Sunday’s, I also go through the ads that come in the same section as the coupons. This is where you can go through all of the sales, and see if any of your coupons match up.
If I have 4 coupons for $1.00 off a toothbrush, and there’s a sale for 4 toothbrushes for $5, you can stack those coupons on top of that sale and get your 4 toothbrushes for $1!
I know that sounds super cheap but I’ve actually done that one before. I’ve even found sales that are so good I got the item for free or even made money on items.
Another Example is if you have something like canned green beans on sale for 79 cents, and you have a coupon for 50 cents off canned green beans. You could just buy one can of green beans for 30 cents after the sale and coupon, but you could also collect as many of those 50 cents off coupons as you can and stock up!
The biggest thing with this though is to check your store’s policies. This can usually be found on their website or they usually keep them in store as well if you ask [Because I’m socially awkward, I just googled it LOL]. Some stores only allow you to use one coupon per type of product. This can make couponing a bit more difficult when you can’t stack. My store lets me stack them, and barely even looks at the coupons while they scan them, so that helps a lot haha. If you’re having trouble at your grocery store, I’ve noticed that Targets are AMAZING with coupons. They’re so awesome and will always try to get you the best deal. I’ve only been to one Target that wasn’t and that was because they had had some issues with people abusing the coupons and being sketchy about it.
Only Buy Things You Need
I think another really big mistake you can make with coupons is to get too excited when starting out and start buying things you don’t need. You’re no longer saving money if you’re buying anything and everything. This was a mistake I made at first, and I quickly learned to only buy things I really needed or would buy even if I didn’t have a coupon. Just like with everything else in budgeting, being intentional is SO IMPORTANT.
I hope these tips helped! If you have any questions on it please don’t hesitate to DM me on Instagram.
Now I’d love to know… what are your favorite tips for saving money while grocery shopping? Comment below!
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