I haven’t always used coupons at the grocery store. I tried to get started a few times and found it wasn’t worth my effort to spend time cutting and organizing coupons, only to get to the store without them or finding I couldn’t use any of them. But last summer I decided that I was going to try one more time. This time I armed myself with more information. I searched the Internet and found www.couponmom.com.
This was a very helpful website for me. It took me some time to read the ebooks and figure out what I was doing. But now that I know, I can get online, check the site, find the deals I want to take advantage of that week, and have a list of stores and items to buy ready in minutes each week. One disadvantage for me is that this website only lists one of the three main grocery stores in my area. I get around this by making sure I look closely at the ads for the other two stores and check their sales against the coupon database listed on the site. You can also check out Lowes Coupons 2019 for great printable coupons. You can redeem these coupons on several websites. According to your coupon you get a specific percentage of discount. This is free of cost which makes it a really good option to consider.
I do spend quite a bit of time cutting and organizing coupons each week. But I usually work on this process while I’m watching TV (not all shows require you to watch every minute – and if they do, there is always commercial time). There are opposing opinions out there about which coupons you should clip – only those of products you would normally purchase, or all the coupons. I’ve tried both ways in the past and found that I use more coupons by clipping all of them. I usually have at least two sets of coupons, as I get sets from either my father-in-law and my mother-in-law, neither who uses coupons themselves.
Overall, I save quite a bit of money at the grocery store. I am not always able to use a bunch of coupons. Some weeks I only use a few. But I have been able to take advantage of sales several times and walk away paying a cents on the dollar. It is these times that give me the encouragement to continue with my couponing.
Recently, one grocery store in my area had a sale on many items 10 for $10 and get the 11th item free. I compared the sale items to what coupons I had and was able to purchase 6 packages of Totino’s Pizza Rolls, 2 tubs of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, 4 cans of Glade Air Freshener, 5 packages of Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, and 5 packages of Chex Mix (A total value of $38.07 including tax) for $3.97 including tax. That means I paid $0.07 per package of Totino’s, $0.10 per tub of butter, $0.47 per can of air freshener, $0.00 per package of cookie mix, and $0.30 per package of Chex Mix.
On another occasion, before I went to the grocery store to buy milk, I checked www.couponmom.com and found a deal at the store that I would not have noticed on my own. The store was having a sale where you purchased 10 items from the list of available products (sale price $1.00, $1.50, $2.00, or $2.50) and you would get $5.00 off the total. We were able to purchase 6 rolls of cinnamon breakfast rolls, 2 bottles of mustard, 1 package of cookie mix, 1 package of muffin mix, and 1 gallon of milk for $1.99. The regular cost of these items would have been $21.49.
In both of these cases I purchased items that I would normally not buy. If I had not taken the time to clip all the coupons in the Sunday newspaper, I would not have been able to take advantages of these sales.
Also, please realize that these are two extreme cases. I am not able to do this type of shopping every week. Nor am I able to buy everything my family needs when it is on sale. But times like this help the grocery budget cover those things I have to buy at regular price.