Do you want to save money at the grocery store? Or do you want to save a LOT of money at the grocery store? If so, I compiled the Ultimate Guide to Finding the Best Store Coupons every single time. I will outline all the ways I save every single week at the grocery store. This will be broken up into three parts. So stay tuned for Part 2 and Part 3.
A little background on how we save money. The actual cash that we set aside each week to buy food is $100. That is for a family of 3 and a very large dog with a huge appetite and a meat supplemented special diet. If you read my posts from the last few weeks: here, here and here, you will see that we have never reached $100. Actually, this holds true since February of this year. We have never gone over $100 yet.
One of the biggest ways to save money at the grocery store is to ONLY buy groceries. Don’t buy baby formula, diapers, laundry detergent, tampons, etc. at the grocery store. A good rule of thumb to remember is – if it doesn’t go in your mouth – don’t buy it at the grocery store. We buy our non-edibles, dog food, paper products at online stores and other stores where they are way cheaper.
Below I am sharing Part 1 of all of the resources that I use to find coupons to save money at the grocery store.
The Ultimate Guide to Finding the Best Coupons – Part 1
Best Coupon Websites to print coupons on items from the grocery store:
Best Brand Websites to print coupons on items from the grocery store:
I find the key to saving a lot at the grocery stores is to learn to be methodical. A lot of deal bloggers post the upcoming sales flyer for certain grocery stores at the beginning of the week. Since I predominately shop at Publix, I go to this site on a Monday morning and start searching for coupons for items that are going to be on sale for the upcoming week. In my area of the south, Publix starts their sale on Thursdays. Since I know what is on sale on a Monday for the upcoming week, I get busy searching for coupons.
This is my process. I look for a coupon database that many deal bloggers have on their site. The blog I mentioned above has one. I search every item that I am going to buy and if there is a coupon available, I print it. If the coupon is a PDF, you can print as much as you need. Otherwise, you can get 2 prints. A perfect example of this is about two weeks ago, Publix had Sandra’s Chicken on sale for $4.99. Even better, it was a BOGO deal (Buy One Get One Free). There was a $1.0o coupon at Sandra’s Chicken website. I was able to get 2 boxes of chicken for $2.99. Excellent price.
3 Things To Do When There is No Coupon:
If by chance, there is no coupon in the coupon database, I do ALL the following things to get my hands on a coupon:
- Go directly to the brand website for the item. For example, if you are going to buy Mid’s Pasta Sauce and there is no coupon listed in the coupon database, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a coupon available. It means the blogger hasn’t caught wind that there is one available. So I google Mid’s Pasta Sauce and the first listing that comes up is for midssauce.com. Look around on the website for Offers/Coupons/Promotions and see if there is a coupon available OR at times you may even find a rebate form.
- Go to the product’s Facebook page and see if they have a coupon available. There are times if you “Like” their Facebook page, they will direct you to a coupon to print for their product. If not, I send a message on Facebook and ask for one. You would be surprised to know there are times when they get back to you with a link for a coupon OR alert you to an upcoming coupon link for a new product that they are releasing.
- Go to the company website and click on the “Contact Us” button and ask for a coupon. I tell them that there is a sale currently going on and to please send a link to a coupon. It doesn’t hurt to let them know how great their products are while you are emailing them. At times, they will even throw in a coupon for a free product and a higher than normal value coupon. Though most times they will ask for your address to mail you some. You may not get them in time for the current sale, but since sales rotate every few weeks, you can use them in the future. Also don’t forget to ask for a rain check at your grocery store for the products that are on sale while you are awaiting the coupons.
Come back tomorrow for:
- a bunch more ways to save at the grocery store,
- what companies almost always send you coupons, and
- even more tidbits of information for getting even more coupons
In the meantime, what are some of the your tricks for saving at the grocery store?
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