We all love a good bargain. Between sales, clearance and store bonus buys, we're always trying to save money.
But what about when we have to work for it?
We're talking about clipping coupons.
Look for paper inserts like Smart Source, Red Plum and P&G Brand Saver. Most of those you can get online too.
Most grocery stores accept coupons, even on top of their sale prices and bonus buys. Some stores even double coupons up to a certain amount..
Brandi Francisko is a couponing expert and runs Must Love Coupons.
"Pre-clip the coupons that you know your family likes or items you'd like to try. Or you can just go crazy and clip all of your coupons and then hold on to them," said Francisko. "Just don't run out to the store and use them, on 50 cents off on full price and use that, it does help but to achieve maximum savings, even for a beginner, wait until that item goes on sale."
She says the best way to save with coupons is to plan out your grocery trips and stay organized.
"I do my coupons by leaving them completely in the inserts right now. I'm trying to transition back into a method of not clipping all the inserts but the things I need and taking that into the store," said Francisko. "Currently what I'm doing is I will look at what's on sale and what we need. Since I'm a seasoned couponer, I will know what we're low on, what we're needing and what's coming up on sale."
Ask your favorite grocery store about their coupon policy.
If they double coupons, you could end up saving twice as much. If you pair those with sale items, you could get some food items fairly cheap or even free.
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