There have been many articles and reports
written explaining ways to cut your grocery bills. Donít go shopping on an empty
stomach, cook from scratch, buy generic brands, shop at warehouses, etc.
Then there are coupons. There are some
products that just taste better if you buy the name brand. When we are in a
hurry, or perhaps not feeling well, it still is cheaper to make something at
home from a box than to buy fast food.
Many people are very skillful at using
coupons. They know where to get them, and where to use them. I was offered a
coupon distributorship, and as I was thinking it over I decided to ask a few
people who subscribed to my previous newsletter, The Pennypincher, to see if it would be something I should do.
The answer was a resounding "no". They all responded that they get them
for free. Some of my readers even told me they climb into dumpsters
to get discarded newspapers.
Here are some tips on making the most of
coupons- without climbing into dumpsters!
The first thing you need to do is to
get organized. Use envelopes. Label them with the different categories of food
you buy regularly, such as pasta, canned vegetables, etc. Every time you see a
coupon, clip it, and then file it.
Sunday newspapers are a good source for
coupons. So are magazines. If you know your paperboy, find out what happens to
his leftover papers. There are also coupons you can get off the internet and
print. There are also clubs both on the internet and in neighborhoods where
people exchange them.
When you see items on sale that you have
coupons for, that's the time to buy. If you use something, and you have 3
coupons for it, buy 3 of them. This is how you will save the most money in the
If a coupon has an expiration date, you need
to either circle it and keep it in the front of the envelope, or make a special
envelope for coupons about to expire.
Your big savings come when stores offer
double coupon days. Then you can double the value of your coupon, usually up to
50 cents. Find out which stores do this with regularity, and be prepared to take
advantage of it.