Grocery Coupon Tips
Grocery Coupon Tips
How do you coupon? What tips or insight do you have to share? We would love to know! Check out my method of madness and share your own ideas and/or tips!
How do you coupon?:
- Method – Binder, box, folder, paper clips…what do you use?
- Do you clip them all, just what you need or do you file the full inserts away?
- Do you stick with one store, juggle multiple or shop them all?
- What are the major DO’s and DON’TS of coupon shopping?
- Do you share or leave coupons throughout the store (AKA Coupon Fairy)?
- What is your weekly allowance for groceries?
- Do you stock up?
Ok….you get the point. We want to know how you use coupons! Please share. Hopefully we can pick up a few tips from one another!
How I coupon:
- I use the binder method, which I carry in a messenger bag. I never leave home without it! I have 4 children and after years of carrying a giant diaper bag everywhere, I am use to the extra weight. I use baseball card holders inside and I separate my coupons by aisle (of my favorite store). I keep the free coupons in front (so they don’t accidentally expire) and I simply flip through the sections as I go up and down the aisles.
- I clip all the coupons I need or think I may use, if it means the product will be close to free or completely free. If I know I will not use something regardless of the price I toss it. I also do not clip the P&G inserts, as I typically do not use many of those coupons and they tend to expire within 30 days. I tuck those in the back of my binder and if I need them I have them, if not I can toss and replace next month.
- I stick to Rainbow Foods and Target. I feel confident and comfortable and they are convenient to get to. I do shop at Walgreens as well, but only for the really great deals. I also on occasion stop by a CVS…but again, only for the too good to pass up deals. Coupons save me money, however the stress of juggling multiple stores and the time and gas it takes to get to them can sometimes outweigh the benefits.
- A major DO is to be polite and follow the rules. Choose your battles wisely and know when to walk away. DON’TS include, breaking the rules and copying internet coupons…bad karma.
- If I see someone with an item and they look like they are trying to price compare for the best deal I often offer them a coupon if I have one. It is always great to put a smile on someone’s face. Also, if I am at the store and I have not yet cleaned out my coupon book (to remove soon to be expiring coupons) I will go through the aisles and place coupons that expire within a few days next to the items in hopes that someone will be able to use them.
- My weekly allowance for ALL household goods (food, cleaning supplies, personal care, household supplies, etc…) is approx. $30-$50 a week for my family of 6. When there are great stock up deals, I will occasionally spend more.
- YES i stock up…on anything I can. I can’t remember the last time I said, “You know, we really don’t need toilet paper anymore!”