Best Store To Coupon Shop? Walmart!
When someone finds out I run a blog about couponing, I get asked a few questions:
1. You shop like “that show“? FREE and all?
2. Can you really get like $200 worth of groceries for like $.20?
3. What’s the best store to coupon shop?
Of course with question #1 I explain my dislike of “the show”, and with question #2 I tell them, it can be done, sometimes, when the stars (or coupons and sales) align! lol
As for question #3 – I tell them my favorite place to do my coupon shopping is at Walmart. It used to be Kroger – but, I no longer like them since they quit doubling and tripling in my area (and they were not truthful with me). But, now I LOVE Walmart for coupon shopping.
In the area I live there are many smaller local stores that have great prices on meat and produce – 2 things people complain about when discussing couponing. I often hear that you can’t get good deals on produce and meat and all the coupons are for junk food. NONE of that is true, just an excuse, in my opinion.
The smaller local stores will have great deals, like 15 oranges for $1, or 6 avocados for $1 – Walmart sells them for $1 each – so, I have saved TONS when I Ad Match the local are stores! They also have great prices on meat, so I get awesome deals on meat, as well. I will say, when we had 4 kids at home and 3 were teens, we bought most of our meat in bulk from a local butcher. It lasted 6-9 months and I just bought everything else with coupons and saved a ton! Now, we only have 1 left at home so the Ad Matching at Walmart for the meat works out great!
Also, the overage policy at my Walmart makes me want to shop there. Now, in my area Kroger also will give you overage on the items in the basket or cash in hand – although often neither stores cashiers KNOW that! At Kroger I had a customer service manager tell me she’d been there for 20 years and that wasn’t the case, once I proved it to her she was shocked – and it had been their policy over a year by then!
Back to the overage policy at Walmart – it’s written into their policy so it’s easier to show the cashiers and managers. That’s ANOTHER way you can get great deals on produce and meat – when you purchase items with overage it can pay for or reduce the cost of your meat and produce. Of course the way to get overage is to use paper or printable coupons with a sale price. Of course, now, you can even get cash back from mobile apps, like ibotta or endorse, too!
Although Walmart stores in my area don’t double (some do in place like Utah!) I still can get great deals by finding the best sale in my area and then combining that with a coupon, but only having to shop at one store instead of like years ago I had to shop at 5 to get everything at the best price. There are still times I shop at other stores, though, if the deal is really better!
So, the short answer is the best store to coupon shop at, in my opinion, is Walmart. I love shopping there so much, Hubby started a whole “spin-off” blog just about Walmart and all the deals they have! So, if you like Walmart or are new to shopping there, check out Grocery Shop For FREE At The Mart for all the Walmart deals you can handle!
How do you answer when someone asks you what your favorite store is for coupon shopping?