I’m delighted to have a guest post today from Tiffany who is a former maths teacher and stay at home mom who loves finding good deals! She and her husband, who is an engineer, work together on their website: The Crazy Shopping Cart. They enjoy spending time with their family, geeking out over sci-fi together, and saving money.
You’ve probably heard that you can save money on groceries with couponing, but you’ve probably thought to yourself, “I just don’t have time for that.”
Well, I’ve got good news for you: if you can make a grocery list, then you can coupon!
Here’s what you need to do:
First, download your store’s app.
Almost every grocery store has an app. Download yours, and make sure you link your store’s rewards card to it. There are digital coupons on the app that you can load to your card! When you check out, they’ll automatically come off!
Second, get some more apps
There are a few really helpful apps to help you save money on groceries.
Flipp – this app has a scan of the ads from all of your local stores. You can even search the ads to find the price of items in each of the ads, like milk! This way, you can compare prices at your local grocery stores to find the best deal.
Favado – this app is the holy grail of couponing. It contains coupon matchups for pretty much every single store in existence. What are coupon matchups? They’re what your mom used to do for hours each week, only someone else has already done it for you! Some blogger (like us!) has gone through the store’s ad, and matched every single item in the ad with any available coupons! If there are printable coupons, it will provide the link for you to print from.
Ibotta – this app is a rebate app. When you purchase any item listed on the app, you can scan your receipt and they will give you a rebate (we cash it out to Paypal) for that item! (Bonus: if you download it here, you can get an extra $10 when you redeem your first rebate!)
Third, get a Sunday paper
The majority of coupons still come in the Sunday paper. If you can afford it, sign up for a Sunday newspaper subscription to be delivered to your doorstep! We recommend signing up HERE, because you can get discounted newspapers (save up to 92%!). Other coupons can be printed online or downloaded digitally to your store’s card from their app.
In each paper are booklets with coupons in them, called inserts. Just pull out these inserts and write the date with a Sharpie on the front. Keep them in a filing cabinet (or even a stack in the corner). When you look at a matchup, it will tell you the week that the coupon came out. You can go clip it out quickly.
Fourth, use the coupon database
As you make your list, you are going to have items you need to buy but aren’t in the ad or matchup. However, there might still be a coupon for them – and no, you do not have to read through every single insert to check!
Instead, you can search for coupons on my website’s coupon database! It has a list of all coupons currently available: printable, insert, or other. When you search for “mayonnaise,” it will provide you the link to the printable or the date the insert came out (depending on the coupon).
Fifth, know the rules.
You’re almost ready to go! But before you head off to the store, make sure you know the basic rules of couponing. (If you want store-specific rules, we have posts on our website HERE.)
- You can only use one coupon per item. Even if there is a digital coupon for $0.50 off mayonnaise and an insert coupon for $0.75 off mayonnaise, you can only use one or the other (unless you buy two). This is written on every coupon as, “Limit one per purchase.”
- Some coupons will state how many of each kind of coupon you can use at once (the term for this is “like coupons.). You will see something like, “Limit 2 like coupons per transaction per household per day.” This means you can buy two items and use two of that coupon.
- If the coupon doesn’t have a limit, some stores will have a limit. Target limits you to 4 like coupons per day, and Kroger limits you to 5 (although only 2 if they are printables).
If you aren’t sure, just ask a cashier! If you tell them that you are new to using coupons and want to make sure you use them correctly, they will be more than happy to help you!
If couponing is something that you’re interested in doing on a regular basis, please come check out my website! I have coupon matchups for over 20 stores that are updated each week, and I have a lot of more detailed information on how to begin couponing.
In fact, I offer a FREE ebook on my website that goes into great detail about how to organize coupons effectively, where to get good deals, common coupon terminology, and more. Did I mention that it’s free?
If you have any questions about any of this, please don’t hesitate to ask!