Many shoppers believe coupons to be a waste of time because the items offered are name brand products; which are more expensive by nature. But that’s not the case at all. Coupon shopping can cut your grocery bill by thirty, forty, and yes, even fifty percent. And, believe it or not, some people can save up to fifty percent off their grocery bills.
One thing to keep in mind when shopping with coupons is that distractions cost you money. If your children tend to wander the aisles, causing you to chase after them, if the baby cries the entire time you are in the store, if your children fight, if your husband seems to find every thing under the sun to place into your cart, if your friend has the gift of gab, or you are not feeling well, it’s not the time to shop with coupons.
So how does one save fifty percent on their grocery bill? By following these helpful steps:
- Have the Sunday paper delivered to your door each week. When you receive the paper, cut out all of the coupons, even the ones that you don’t think you will ever use.
- Organize your coupons into a box with dividers, such as dairy products, meats, canned soups, canned vegetables, boxed items, cereals, etc.
- Even if you are only going to the store for milk, take all your coupons with you. We all know that we walk in with one item in mind, and walk out with a bag full. Besides, supermarkets often have non-advertised specials.
- When shopping with coupons, go to the stores that offer double or triple the coupon’s value.
- Only purchase items when they are on sale.
- When looking at items to purchase, look at the cost of the non-named brand versus the cost of the named-brand items, with discount of the coupon.
- If you find a good deal, stock up on that item.
- When using coupons, purchasing the smallest item allowed will save you the greatest amount of money.