Don’t Miss Out On Easy Savings: Coupons – The Final Edition

Groceries Now we’re finally onto the good stuff. Actually saving money. Sometimes it takes time to save money and couponing is no different.

Using Coupons

Are you prepare to save a ton of money?

Just to let you know, every where has different coupon policies so be sure to check your local store. I’m going to give you the rules for the place I use because it’s pretty basic and I still save a lot of money. I shop at Publix in Florida just for the FYI.

Here’s a few rules for couponing:

  • Double Coupons
  • Buy items on sale
  • you can use 1 manufactured coupon/competitor coupon and 1 store coupon per item
  • Buy one, get one free sales are the best

Doubling

I can’t double in Florida. Not allowed for some reason, but I’m looking into it getting that changed (not really but I’m thinking about it a lot). Anyways, in other states you can double manufacturing coupons that are 50 cents or less, so right there you can save up to $1. That’s one of the reasons to buy more than one paper.

Buy Sale Items

The best thing you can do is look through the weekly ad of wherever you shop and make your list based on what’s on sale. Don’t make the excuse of “nothing I buy ever goes on sell.” Ummm…then start buying what’s on sale. Stop being so picky because it’s costing you a lot of money. Plus A LOT of items go on sale, so I’m sure you can find something that you like.

Buy One Get One FREE

This is the mother load of savings. When you do this deal you can use 4 coupons, yea 4. You’re essentially buying 2 items so you can use 1 manufacture coupon for each and one store coupon for each. So lets say I see that my favorite cereal is BOGOF. It normally costs $4, so I get to use 2 manufacture coupons of $1 off each and 2 store coupons for $1 each. If you can’t count that equals FREE. Doing this can sometimes even get you money back. Now deals aren’t always that great, but they do happen often.

Using these strategies I’ve been able to spend just as much as I save every time I shop. Like, I’ll spend $30 and end up saving $30 or even more sometimes.

Get Some Help

Of course finding savings and putting coupons together with them can be a time consuming task. So, why not have someone do it for you. No, you don’t have to pay for it. There are sites out there that actually post the weekly ads along with which coupons go with it and where they can be found. They also can tell you what’s going to be in the upcoming Sunday coupons so you can plan better. These are a few of the sites I use:

That’s it. This ends the series on coupons. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have. Now go out there and save some money. :)

What’s the most you’ve ever saved? Do you think couponing is worth the time spent collecting coupons?

Check out the beginning of this series Don’t Miss Out On Easy Savings: Coupons Pt 1

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Money Reasons

I’m ashamed to say I still haven’t tried any of the great tips you suggest above! It make sense though!

Most people probably don’t realize that they can get just the newspaper edition that has the coupons. The savings on just of few of those coupons more than makes up for the cost of the newspaper!

I’ll have to check out those online site link you provide above!

Thx for the great tips! This is one area in my frugal realm where I’m pretty weak!

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Kevin

Glad to share the knowledge. It’s easy for people to find an excuse for anything but you just have to get out there and do it.

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Financial Samurai

The most I’ve ever saved is everything which I never spent!

I’ve gotta say that I haven’t used coupons in years. I should definitely try!

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Kevin

That’s a good quote I’ll have to use it sometime. The worst that can happen is you won’t save anything…..or a paper cut. Either one won’t kill you…hopefully.

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Suzanne

I loved this series! I had no idea I was able to use 4 coupons on BOGO items-that truly adds to the savings. Great Tips!

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Kevin

Thanks so much. I’m glad you got to take away some tips from this series. I get surprised everyday of simple things I didn’t know about but can contribute a lot.

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Jonathan Butterworth

Great tips Kevin! Who knew there were so many strategies to using coupons. I think I am going to try my hand at saving some money.

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Kevin

Great!! Coupons are a great tool for saving extra money.

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Monroe on a Budget

I’ve used grocery coupons since my college days; so, for me, that’s a “normal” shopping pattern. The biggest hurdle for rookies is to be patient while they build up a coupon collection. You’re not going to have a good selection with just one week’s worth of newspapers. Give it five or six weeks, and you’ll indeed have a good variety of products.

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Kevin

exactly. And once you have a big collection you’ll even have more than one coupon for the same product, saving you even more money.

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Debby

You said that you can use store coupons. I was wondering where you find store coupons for Publix. I use a manufacturer coupons and try to maximize on the BOGO deals but I have no idea where to acquire store coupons (since you mentioned it, for Publix preferably). Maybe you did mention it and I just missed it.

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Kevin

I don’t believe I did but when you go to Publix there’s usually the carousel thing that has the weekly add as well as some other Publix publications. In one of those (I’ll get the name of it later when I go back) there are a bunch of Publix coupons. It might be called advantage buy but I’ll let you know later. Also in the weekly adds there are sometimes coupons. Publix does usually let you use their coupons if they are expired but make sure the cashier asks a manager if they say no. I’ve had a cashier say no but then I said I’ve used them before and they asked the manger and they said yes.

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Debby

Wonderful. I shop at three different Publix’s based on where I’m at when I decide to go shopping. I really need to start keeping my coupons in my purse. But thank you so much! Have a great New year!

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patty

I live & shop in AZ. Can I use coupons from a different state? I heard sometimes the coupons are worth different amounts.

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Jules@Fat Guy,Skinny Wallet

I always wanted to coupon,but I am more scared to do it than anxious. It is time consuming and it takes practice. I haven’t been dedicated enough to try it. These are great tips and if it is something I decide to do, I’ll be back here for great tips!

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