Guest post from Lanise of Earth Angel Writings
When I decided to start couponing (about three years ago) I would see all the savings many women were posting online and all the stockpile they had… and I wanted in!
Yet, when I did the math, being an extreme couponer wasn’t worth the time and effort for my small family. Newspapers cost $1.50 each, and I knew that I definitely needed more than one! My budget was just too tight for me to justify spending money on a newspaper subscription or buying tons of newspapers at the store.
I still wanted to save money on my weekly groceries and other household products, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of valuable time clipping and sorting tons of coupons. In my quest for savings, I discovered some simple places to find and use grocery coupons (and more). These savings tips are perfect for the beginning couponer (or the “I don’t have time for that” shopper).
1. Open your mail.
Instead of tossing mailers in my recycle bin (as usual), I started to see what coupons I could find. I discovered coupons for local businesses, stores, and restaurants in my community.
2. Check free community papers.
Does your community distribute a free weekend edition of your local newspaper? For years, mine was just thrown in my driveway every Saturday morning. I would leave it outside on my lawn until one of my neighbors snagged an extra copy.
One day I picked it up. Yep, coupons! The same manufacture’s coupons found in that week’s Sunday newspaper.
3. Download store mobile apps.
Are you taking advantage of your grocery store’s digital coupons and savings programs? Most of your local grocery stores and pharmacy stores have their own mobile apps and text subscriptions that allow you to download digital coupons right to your store’s savings card or account.
4. Check company websites.
I buy a lot organic/natural foods, and coupons are not readily available in the Sunday’s newspaper. I started to check company websites of my favorite products. Many coupons were located right on the company’s site ready to print. I signed-up for their email mailing, too, and found they sent more coupons right to my inbox!
I have even solicited companies via email requesting coupons. In doing this, I have received coupons for free products and free samples in the mail. This only takes a quick minute using the company’s contact form!
5. Visit coupon centers.
My local library has a coupon center where patrons can take desired (clipped & unclipped) manufactured coupons. You can leave unwanted coupons for other patrons as well. I find a lot of hot brand coupons here; especially when I want extra coupons for that week’s hot sales item.
6. Look at your local grocery store.
This is a “no-brainer”; yet, you really need a keen eye. On your next grocery shopping trip, keep an eye out for extra coupons. Check store displays, look in the grocery aisles, and right on the product. And don’t forget to grab those Catalina coupons that print out at the register.
7. Follow good savings blogs.
This is my new favorite thing to do. I love checking my daily saving/deal blogs for the best coupons, free samples, and online deals. These blogs post featured deals on groceries, clothing, and other household products. Plus…they have a searchable printable coupon database (I only print the coupons I will use).
I find that by checking these places to find coupons, I have a more manageable amount of coupons to save on my weekly food budget and I’m able to keep a nice stock-up of the products and brands that my family likes.
Couponing has become a fun “no-stress” routine! And I rarely have to purchase a newspaper!
Where do you find the best coupons?
Lanise James is an elementary teacher, freelance writer, and self-love advocate. She happily writes a variety of faith-based, inspirational and lifestyle writings on her blog, Earth Angel Writings.