Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.
In this article, I'll help you get started down the path of coupon mastery by showing how to get started with coupons and what foods are worth investing in (an
Do your research
You can save money on groceries with coupons if you:
- Know the prices of items you buy. If you regularly buy a specific item, keep track of its price at different stores and when it's on sale. That way, if there's nothing in your coupon binder that matches up with this week's sales and coupons, you'll know what to look for next time.
- Know the prices of items that are similar to ones you already buy (or want to buy). Price comparisons are key when shopping with coupons; if an item has been marked down significantly but isn't part of a current sale or coupon deal, then it may not be worth buying unless it's something new that would otherwise be too expensive for your budget (e.g., organic kale).
- Know how much money is in your wallet/purse/bank account before heading out shopping so as not walk into any unnecessary purchases!
Find your store's coupon policy
Check your store's coupon policy online. Many grocery stores offer some sort of coupon policy. Some will allow you to use multiple coupons on one purchase, while others have a limit on the number of coupons you can use per day or transaction. It's best to know this information before shopping so that you don't get caught off guard and waste money.
Prioritize your grocery coupons
When using coupons, it's important to prioritize the ones that are for products you need. If you can't find the right coupons on a regular basis, your grocery list will be full of things that aren't necessary and you'll spend too much money on items that weren't on sale.
You should also prioritize coupons for products that are more expensive than normal. Coupons usually come out before sales do so if there's no coupon available right now, it might mean there isn't one coming soon either—or at least not soon enough to make any savings worthwhile. In addition, some stores make their own deals with manufacturers which means they might not offer any coupon-related discounts even if they're available elsewhere!
Finally, don't forget about special offers like BOGO or buy one get one free deals! These types of offers often require coupons so keep an eye out for them too (especially since these types of promotions tend to be temporary).
Stay organized with a coupon binder or envelope
It's hard to stay organized when you have a ton of coupons to keep track of. That's why it's important to find a method that works for you. You'll want to make sure the system is easy and fun so that you're motivated to use it! Here are some ideas:
- A coupon binder, where each page holds one type of coupon (i.e., grocery store coupons in one section, drugstore coupons in another).
- An envelope, with different types of coupons separated by type (i.e., Halloween candy coupons go into one slot, Halloween costumes go into another).
- A digital app or list on your phone or tablet device, which can be updated easily with new information as needed.
- A printable list saved electronically on your computer or printed out from the Internet; these lists often have space for expiration dates and barcodes too so they're super convenient if you don't have time/money for fancy apps!
Learn the lingo
- How do you get coupons?
- What is coupon clipping?
- What is rebate shopping?
Coupons are everywhere, it's time to learn the lingo so you can start saving!
Spend some time shopping for coupons online
There are many websites that list coupons (coupon aggregators, coupon apps, coupon blogs, etc.) and even more forums where you can find great deals. Some of these places will require some research on your part to make sure that the company is reputable, but most aren’t any different from searching for coupons on any other website.
Add digital coupons to your shopping list
If you're going to be clipping coupons, it's important to have an organized system for storing them. If you're not already using a coupon organizer app or website, there are several options out there that can help make your life easier. Some of these include:
- A shopping list app: This is a simple idea but one that many people don't think of using until they need it. By creating a grocery list on your phone and then adding coupons as they arrive in the mail or online, you'll always know exactly what you want and how much money each item will cost.
- A coupon app: This type of program allows users to organize their saved digital inserts—whether from newspapers or websites—in one place on their phones so they can easily find them when needed at the store. It also has features like automatic expiration alerts and loyalty card scanning capabilities so shoppers know exactly what they're getting before making their purchase decisions.
With the right strategy and a bit of organization, you can save more money than you ever thought possible.
You’ve probably heard this before, but I guarantee that with the right strategy and a bit of organization, you can save more money than you ever thought possible.
But as we all know, saving money is only half the battle—the other half is spending it wisely. If you want to get serious about your grocery budget (or any other budget), there are some key things to keep in mind:
- You will have to invest some time in learning where the best deals are. Depending on your lifestyle and preferences, this may mean clipping coupons or downloading apps that help find sales in your area. The more time-consuming this process is for you personally, the more worthwhile it will be for your wallet.
- You need an organized system that allows you to easily see what products are available at a discount at any given moment—you should never miss an opportunity! This could be as simple as posting lists on Pinterest or creating digital spreadsheets; however, if this sounds like too much work then maybe stop reading now because what follows isn't going to work for anyone who doesn't like organizing things (which would make shopping pretty difficult).
- Patience is key—the good stuff doesn't always come overnight so don't expect instant results! Your savings will come gradually over time if done correctly; just remember: Rome wasn't built in day either (but wouldn't today's Romans rather live in modern Italy?).
The best thing is that you can start saving money on groceries right away, no matter where you are or what your budget looks like. If you’re a little nervous about this whole process, don’t worry—it really doesn’t take much work! Start by doing some research into coupons (and their limitations), prioritizing the ones that will save you the most money at each store and getting organized so that none of them get lost in the shuffle. Then, when it comes time to shop for real food items, use those same strategies to make sure everything goes smoothly without any extra trips back to the store because of forgotten items or mistakes.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2022 Shanon Sandquist