How to find enough grocery coupons so that the groceries are free

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How to find enough grocery coupons so that the groceries are free
Planning your shopping trips ahead of time can save you money at the grocery store. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Families are turning more and more to coupons to save money on rising grocery bills during hard economic times. Grocery stores often double coupons under a certain amount and it really can pay to clip. Coupon cutters who plan ahead can stack manufacturers coupons with store sales and store coupons to really drive the price of the items down. Often stacking makes these items free.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Newspaper coupon inserts
  • Scissors
  • Coupons printed from the Internet
  • Store circular

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Instructions

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    Buy a Sunday newspaper. Many couponers purchase more than one paper every Sunday so when a good deal is offered, they can purchase more than one of that item.

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    Print coupons from the Internet. These are often referred to as "printables" in the coupon world. Go to Coupons.com, Redplum.com, and SmartSource.com to find coupons. You can also locate and print coupons directly from manufacturer's websites for their products.

  3. 3

    Check magazines for coupons. Many magazines for women will have coupons for groceries. Purchase a subscription to "All You" magazine. It has hundreds of dollars worth of coupons in each issue.

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    Look for coupons in the grocery store. Stores often have coupon dispensing machines in the aisles. They also have pads of coupons available to shoppers to peel off a coupon.

  5. 5

    Check inside grocery packaging for coupons. Manufacturers often include coupons inside their products or on the inside/back of the box. Clip these for savings.

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    Ask at the grocery's customer service desk for any coupon books or store coupons. Look on the store's website. Many grocery stores are offering store coupons online for shoppers to print at home.

  1. 1

    Pick up a weekly store advertising circular. Stores often publish a flyer of all of their sale items. These can be mailed out locally or found at the entrance to the store.

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    Locate items in the flyer that you and your family eat.

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    Check your coupon stash for coupons for the sale items. Look online for extra savings.

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    Match up the coupons with the items that are on sale. Most stores accept one store coupon and one manufacturer's coupon per item. Two coupons can equal double savings. This is how many items are free: a £2.60 item is on sale for 50 per cent off, which makes the item £1.30; you have a manufacturer's coupon for 60p off; you also have a store issued coupon for 60p; the item is now free.

Tips and warnings

  • Look for coupon websites or blogs that specialise in using coupons for the specific grocery stores in your area. There are often sites that will tell you local coupon match ups for weekly sale items.
  • Find a way to organise your coupons that best fits your personality and shopping habits.
  • Be an ethical coupon user and do not clear the shelves of items; buy only what you need.
  • Check with your store for its individual coupon policy.

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