How Can I Save the Most Money Using Grocery Store Coupons?

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Answered by: Tracey, An Expert in the Coupons and Bargains - General Category
In this day and age it's more important than ever to make each dollar stretch as far as possible. Luckily, there are now more ways to save than ever before. While it can take some time to initially get into the swing of things, once you have the basics down and a pattern set, it's easy to save hundreds of dollars per month using grocery store coupons.

The key to saving big with grocery store coupons is to double up your coupons with sales. For example, a coupon that offers a $1 savings on a specific brand of cereal won't be that great of a deal if the cereal costs over $5 a box. However, if you wait for the cereal to go on sale at 2 boxes for $5.00 and use one $1 coupons on each box, you'll end up getting $10 worth of cereal for $1.50 each.

Stores that offer their own coupons, like Walgreens, will typically also take manufacturers coupons for the same product. Using the example above, if Walgreens had their own coupon for $1 off each box of cereal, the boxes were on sale at 2 for $5.00 and you had your $1 manufacturer coupons, you could end up paying just $.50 cents per box of cereal.

When you do see great savings like this, stock up! You may feel a little weird the first time you put 10 boxes of cereal into your hall closet, but when you realize that you cut your grocery bill by hundreds of dollars, you'll soon wish you had 100 more hall closets to fill with bargains!

While the above tips can help you save money, there are also a few things to look out for. Too frequently consumers get so excited by the game of saving money that they end up forgetting that not all sales are great bargains for everyone. For example, if you don't use tomato paste and don't plan to start, buying 50 cans won't make sense – even if they were just $0.02 a piece.

If you're lucky enough to live within easy driving range of several major grocery stores, you can save even more than the average person by utilizing the above tips at numerous stores. However, keep in mind that if you have to drive 20 miles just to take advantage of one sale, it may well end up not being worth the gas it takes to get there. It can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of saving, but don't let that affect your best judgment.

Finally, beware of rebate situations. Some companies have instant rebates that print right at the register. If it's a store you visit frequently or a store you're confident you'll make a point to return to, then those register rebates can help you save even more. On the other hand, if you get $20 in rebates and let them expire, you'll likely have ended up spending much more than you needed to on the items you purchased. The bottom line is that grocery store coupons can help you save big – but you must take care to think pragmatically.

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