Cut Your Grocery Bills Down: Part Two – Coupons 101

By doing a little leg work each week in an hour or less, you'll be able to find the best deals at your local stores and save money for your family by using coupons and online discounts.   With today's technology and resources, you can save yourself time and money just by preparing your grocery list and coupons before heading out to the store each week.

Here are a few easy starter tips to save your family time and money each week!

Coupons

Buy the Sunday newspaper. The Sunday paper is one of the best sources to find your coupons weekly. By subscribing to your local paper, you will also be able to save money than if you'd go out and purchase it each week.

Websites. Check out these websites that scour all the manufacturer coupons and put them in one place for you!

  •  CouponMom – large source of coupons that updates several times a month.
  • Smartsource – has newspaper insert, but can be found online to save some money if you don't subscribe.
  • Redplum – also has newspaper insert.

Store Websites. By visiting your favorite local store's website, you can print off deals and even check out weekly fliers. Some even compare the savings right on the site for you so that you know how much money you're saving. Make sure to sign up for their newsletters if offered, sometimes special offers are sent right to your inbox.

Reward Websites.  By signing up for some websites, you are able to earn rewards such as gift cards, money towards education or even cash for your child's school!

  • Upromise earnings accumulate in your Upromise account until you decide to use it to invest in a 529 plan, help pay down student loans or assist with college expenses—all tax-free!
  • Mypoints. Earn Points for doing what you already do online: shopping, reading emails, playing games, searching the web, surveys, and more! Gift cards for nearly 100 different stores and restaurants — or enjoy gas cards, airline miles and hotel discounts. You pick the rewards you want.
  • Swagbucks. Earn gift cards by searching the web and referring friends. Earn a point, win a buck. It's that easy!

Match up and Frugal Websites. There are a ton of moms out there comparing deals and offering tips to help you out!

 General Tips

  1. Try keeping your coupons in a 3-ring binder organized by categories such as dairy, canned goods, frozen foods, pets, etc. Use clear baseball card holders to hold your coupons so that you can easily see what you have.
  2. Each week make a meal plan and a grocery list. Go through your binder and pull out the coupons you want to use and put them into a smaller accordion type file to easily grab while at the store.
  3. Make a note on your grocery list next to each item you have a coupon for. Stick to your list.
  4. Take the binder with you as you shop. You may have overlooked something that you have a coupon for that would be a great deal.
  5. Make sure to go through your entire collection of coupons monthly so that you don't drown in expired coupons.
  6. Don't get caught buying items you'll never use just because you're getting a great deal. You're trying to save money, not stockpile items that are useless for your family. 

Submitted by Springfield Moms reader Kasey Schwartz.  She  is wife to Brian and mother to Ella, Andrew and Sydney.  She authors the blog All Things Mamma and works as an in-home childcare provider.

For "Cut Your Grocery Bills Down: Part One," click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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