Grocery Savings Made Easy! How To Coupon Shop & Save Easier Than Ever Before!
When I first started couponing what was mostly available were newspaper coupons, grocery coupons in magazines, free coupons for groceries in the mail, that kind of thing for us to save on groceries.
But, as things progressed, as they normally do, we started getting into printable coupons. However, printable coupons posed a problem in that everyone then needed a printer and not everybody had one. Not everyone could afford enough ink to be printing that many coupons, they often didn’t work well, sometimes you went to print and it just glitched and actually said that you’d already printed. Also, in the beginning MANY stores refused printable coupons, so you’d waste ink and paper and leave without your deal and be frustrated.
There were all these issues with printable coupons, plus, for me, I didn’t care for them. I could get 10 newspapers for a dollar each and have 10 coupons and be able to use them all and stock up, so, I liked that much better than only being able to print two coupons per device. So, printable coupons have never been a favorite of mine.
In the last few years we’ve seen a growth in apps which are much easier. Most everyone had access to a smartphone and they’re just easier to use. All you have to do is just scan the receipt once you’re done shopping and it does the rest and gives you your money back, so, you didn’t have to print a coupon, you didn’t have to buy newspapers, you didn’t have to sort coupons from the newspaper and all that jazz. Apps are making it much easier to shop and save at the grocery store. With sales and coupons, plus apps you can still Grocery Shop For FREE!
What I want to do in the coming weeks is help us get organized and make the most out of our money. I want to dive into all of the different ways that don’t require a printer and don’t require you buy a newspaper, but, will still allow you to get deep discounts when you do your grocery shopping.
Stacking is going to be a big deal, that’s where you use rebates (from apps) on top of sales and digital, newspaper, or printable coupons all together to get the best deal possible. A lot of the stores have digital coupons that you can download onto your phone, again for me they’re not as good as newspaper coupons because with digital coupons you can usually only use them one time, you can’t even get two like you can when you print them. But, that’s just my personal preference. A lot of people would prefer using printable coupons over newspaper coupons, so, it’s just up to you and what you prefer to use.
We’re going to learn all about how to use all the apps and the programs that are out there now to save as much money as we can every time we go to the store.
When I first started the big deal was making sure you found a sale and then you applied a coupon(s) to that sale and got as many as you could get to get you through the next time that item went on sale. That still holds true even if you use rebates, printable online coupons, digital coupons. newspaper coupons it still holds true no matter what you use, you still want to find a sale and add a rebate, printable grocery coupons, a digital coupon, a newspaper coupon, whatever you can to it and then get as many as it takes you to get to the next sale so that you’re never paying full price for the things that you use on a regular basis in your home. We call that stockpiling.
Stockpiling has definitely gotten a bad name over the years. When I say stockpiling I am not talking about taking up your kid’s closets, or an entire shower (both of which I have seen on that extreme couponing show). What I mean when I say stockpiling is knowing what the best price is for a specific product (your buy price), knowing how often that item hits that price in it’s sales cycle – say 6-8 weeks, buying enough of that item at the best price with coupons and apps to last you until it goes on sale again. If that’s 8 cans of tune or 24 cans of tuna, then buy that many – you don’t need 411 – surely… so just what you need to get you through. The point is to never buy at the higher price, to not run out and have to go to the store and buy something at a higher price than you know you should because you ran out. In stockpiling you’re always just replenishing your supplies, not HAVING to purchase because you’re out.
We’ll talk about how to know your “buy price” for things and we’ll talk about sales cycles and knowing when to stock up on seasonal items. We do have some resources available for you to purchase that can help you get going here <—.
Let’s start here, are there any store policies, apps, or extras that confuse you or you’d like to learn more about? Let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to cover them in the weeks ahead. Here are some we’ve already covered and will be expanding on: