I have always enjoyed grocery shopping. I know that's not the case for everyone, but part of the reason I find it 'fun', is because I make the most of couponing, and so I thought I'd share a few ideas and thoughts to help get you get the most for your money.
The best deal I ever had was when I once paid $39 for $63 worth of groceries. But I've heard of women who regularly save as much as 80% of their cost!!
- Scour your newspapers and magazines weekly. Sunday newspapers are a treasure when you are able to use many coupons and store circulars with info on sales.
- I try to stock up on my most-used items when they're on sale. Many stores allow you - as mine does - to use a store coupon along with a manufacturer's coupon. And if your store doubles or even triples the coupon, you can go home with free items. WOW! Ex: my grocery store once had a holiday coupon deal - Buy one 5# bag of flour, get 3 free. That in and of itself is a real deal, but I had a 25 cents off coupon for the flour, that was doubled, and so I ended up paying 49 cents for 20# of flour!!
- Enlist your kids to help. Joe Daugirdas of Willoughby Hills, Ohio blogs on his site - www.joethecouponguy.com and teaches classes at a community college on how to save money. He suggests having your kids clip coupons and then match them to your shopping list.
- A fun 'trick' I have learned, is that if I really like a product, I can call their 1-800 number and rave to them. More often than not, they will send a coupon or two to me, just for taking the time to contact them. I've received a number of FREE coupons!
- My daughter, Deb, recently had a post about couponing, that I'd like to share here too... check it out...