Is this normally possible? No. What you can normally expect to do is cut your grocery bill by 25% or more. If you spend $200 per week on groceries, that could save you $50 per week. How would you like to have an extra $50 per week for other things?
Here are a few of the strategies you can use to get the most value for your coupons.
1 – Combine coupons. Most stores will allow you to combine store coupons and manufacturer coupons on the same item. They get a refund from the manufacturer for the value of their coupon, so it does not cost them anything extra.
2 – Buy items that are on sale with your coupons. If a product is already marked down 20% and you use a $1 off coupon, you have increased your savings. Is it really that important to buy a particular brand, if you can save money on a competitor’s product?
3 – Sign up for store loyalty programs. Those little plastic cards can help you save money in several ways. You often get an added discount for using the card. You can take advantage of digital coupons to combine with your manufacturer;s coupons. The store chain often sends you additional coupons in the mail, which increase your savings even more.
4 – Store Bucks – People who have signed up for loyalty programs frequently get special coupons to give them dollars off from certain departments. As an example, we recently received a $5 off coupon for purchases over $25 from the meat department. We also had manufacturers coupons for several products in the meat department. By the time we used all of our coupons, the $25 worth of meat was down to $6.
5 – Clearance Racks – Don’t forget to check the clearance racks while you are in the store. Even though the products are marked down 50%, the stores will still allow you to use manufacturer’s coupons. Just make sure you can use the product before it expires.
These are just a few of the ideas we use with coupons. We consistently save $50 to $100 per week by clipping coupons and planning our shopping. It does not take much work to save a lot of money. Are you ready to fall in love with coupons, too?