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What if I told you that with a little planning and a little research, you could cut your grocery bill in half! When you combine coupons with store sales you can buy more groceries and pay less money. There are many things that you should never have to pay for again, like tooth paste, tooth brushes, dish soap, and pasta! Here are a few basic tips so you can start saving money now!

First, buy 2-4 Sunday papers so you can start collecting coupons. You get an even amount of newspapers so that you will have enough coupons if something is buy one get one free.  I cut out most coupons even if it is not something I usually buy. Sometimes the products will go on sale and you can use that coupon to get it for free! But if you are just starting out, just cut out the coupons that you may use.

Organize your coupons. I have a shoe box with envelopes. Each envelope is labeled by the isles of my favorite grocery store. This will make it a lot easier to find the coupons you need, when you need them. Some people organize them by the week they were in the paper. I like to have them organized by product in case I am in a store with unadvertised deals. It allows me to quickly find a coupon if there is a coupon available.

Now get the current sales ad for your favorite grocery store. I prefer to shop at Publix because there are a lot of buy one get one free (BOGO) products and you can use 2 coupons when you purchase the BOGO products. Browse through the ad and see what is on sale.

Make a plan. Plan your meals based on what is on sale. Many times pasta will be .99 cents a box and it will be BOGO. Plus there is usually a coupon for $1 off 2 boxes of pasta. So that would mean you get 2 boxes of pasta free! You can get a few extra boxes when the product is free. This will be a great start to creating a stockpile*. If something is on sale that your family uses a lot – buy a few so you will have enough stuff until it goes on sale again. There is no need to pay full price!

There are many places on the internet that will match coupons with the stores sales ad. These websites are a valuable resource because they will help you to know if and where there are coupons available for the products that are on sale.

Types of coupons

    • Manufacture’s Coupons – These say manufacture’s coupon at the top. You can get manufacture’s coupons in the Sunday paper, you can print them on the internet, or they are mailed to you from the manufacture’s.
    • Store Coupons – These are usually found instores. Sometimes they are online at the stores website or they come in your Sunday paper.  (Target, Food Lion, etc)
    • Digital Coupons – These are coupons that are loaded on your loyalty cards. They come from Cellfire, Savings Star, or Upromise. Cellfire digital coupons are subtracted from your total at the grocery store. Saving Star coupons are put into an account and when you get to $5 you can cash out your savings into a gift card. Upromise digital coupons are loaded into a college savings account. Join UPromise and Save for College

You can combine a store coupon and a manufacture’s coupon for each product you buy. For example, if you are buying a bag of diapers and you have a $1.50 off manufacture’s coupon and a $1.50 off store coupon, you can give both coupons to the cashier when you check out. This is a great way to get an even better deal – especially of the diapers are already on sale!

It is important that you understand the stores coupon policy. They are usually available on their website or you can ask for a copy from the customer service department.

This is a very basic overview of using coupons. There is so much out there to learn about saving money. Start small so you do not get overwhelmed. Over the next few weeks I will outline some of the ways to set a budget, save more money, and simple ways to earn money by doing things you may already be doing. Please leave me comments if you have any questions and I will cover that topic.

*Stockpile – This is when you buy enough of something to last you 6-8 weeks. It is best to get a few extras when they are free or very cheap when you get something on sale and use a coupon. The sales and coupons usually repeat every 6-8 weeks, so there is no need to buy more than you will use. This is why you would buy 2-4 newspapers on Sunday for for the coupons.

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Kayla rice

Friday 7th of December 2012

One more question, so I read that we Should buy 2-4 papers each Sunday and then compare the coupons to the stores sales. Where do we find the stores sales info? Is that in the paper? Or in the store? Also is the Internet a highly needed source to see great savings? We have very limited Internet options so I am just curious. We are not trying to become extreme couponers or anything. Just trying to feed my three kiddos on a tight budget. I never thought using coupons really made that much of a difference and then I stumbled on your page on day while I was searching the Internet for ways to Dave money. So I joined your blog and pages and am amazed at the deals you have been posting. Completely amazed. I was rather overwhelmed at the process at first but I did have one great day. I saw the post about target giving the five dollar gift card for every two box meal you buy and I also printed the $2.50 off coupons. Wow that an amazing deal. So we were able to buy the box dinners and them use the gift cards to get milk. Milk is 8-10 dollars a gallon here and my kids love milk. Anyways thank you so much. I watching your posts and excited to learn all about this.


Thursday 13th of December 2012

Sorry for the delay in answering your questions. Websites like Totally Target ( and Couponing to Disney ( should help you match up the deals with the weekly ads. They do all the work for you so you know what coupons to use with what deals every week. The prices will probably vary since you are on an island but at least it can point you in the right direction. I always stock up on pasta and sauce when I can get it for free. You can never have too much! I use the internet to create my shopping list and print coupons. If you can access the internet a few times a weeks to have access to these resources, thats all you need. The best way to save money is to have a plan. Create a menu. I try to do a 2 week menu so I only have to go to the store for milk, produce, and hot deals during the week. Also consider shopping online for some items. I think Amazon has amazing deals. I just bought toilet paper, dishwasher detergent, and diapers at Amazon. The prices are the best and you usually get free shipping. (Not sure how that would work where you live.) They also have coupons at Amazon to save even more + Subscribe and Save options. Check out this old post to give you an idea about Amazon deals - (Most of the coupons will no longer be available but you will see new coupons) Also read this post about how I earn free Amazon gift cards. You can earn free gift cards and use them to buy household and food items. (This would require more internet access) Just start slow - once you get the hang of it it is like a game to see how much you can save. I hope I answered all your questions :)


Monday 10th of December 2012

Hi Kayla - Im sorry I havent responded to your comments. I just got home from vacation without internet. I should get settled soon and be able to answer your questions!

Kayla rice

Friday 7th of December 2012

We live on a island and our shopping options are limited. We have a Walmart, target and a Safeway but that is it. Do you have good coupon ing success at these stores?

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