Couponing may seem like it’s more effort than it’s worth, but I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss it. In fact, if done right, you can save hundreds of dollars on groceries or stock up on your favorite items for free. Have you ever watched the extreme couponers get a cart full of groceries for pennies? That could be you!
Whether you’re hoping to just save a few bucks every grocery run or you’re wanting to become an extreme couponer, here are some helpful tips to get you on your way.
I know it’s tempting to want to buy anything that has a coupon, but that’s not always the smart move. While it’s great to save $1 or $0.50 on an item, make sure it’s something you’ll actually use. You shouldn’t have a pantry full of food you’ll never eat just because you were able to get it at a great price. That’ll only cost you more money down the road.
Don’t be afraid to buy generic products or a different type of peanut butter than you’re used to eating. If it’s on sale or you can get it for a great price, go for it!
Most of us have a morning routine that involves drinking coffee, perusing Instagram, or checking up on the news, so add couponing to your schedule. Make it a priority to check sites such as Coupons.com to see what new coupons are available. You can also download the app and do it from the comfort of your bed!
Save the coupons for any items you may want in the future and print them off whenever you need them. This will not only make sure you don’t miss any major deals, but it’ll also prevent you from having a drawer full of coupon clippings.
In order to save the most money possible, try your best to use coupons on items that are already on sale. For example, wait to use your $1 off coupon when the box of cereal is $2.99 instead of $4.99. Just make sure to check the sell-by dates and ensure nothing is expired.
If there is something on sale and you have a coupon for it (and you know you’ll use it), buy as much of it as possible. If it’s a frozen food item, keep the surplus items in an outdoor fridge. Cleaning products or pantry items are also great to stock up on because they take a very long time to expire.