I know you’ve been waiting with baited breath for the coupon manifesto. Today is your lucky day; it’s here! Hopefully we can help you out with combining our meal plans with coupons to help you REALLY maximize your savings. So, let’s dive in, shall we?
- The first rule of thumb is to buy multiple copies of the newspaper on Sunday if you know it will be a week with lots of inserts. It contains coupon inserts including, but not limited to Smart Source, Red Plum, General Mills & Proctor & Gamble. You can check what coupons will be coming out in advance by going to Sunday Coupon Preview.
- Plan your trip to the store in advance. This will save you time and help cut back on any impulse buys. Also, on that note don’t shop hungry, just say no.
- An invaluable tool for couponers is http://www.hotcouponworld.com/. Hot Coupon World matches up all coupons with your store’s sales and does most of the work for you. Hot Coupon World does most stores such as Kroger, CVS, Target, etc. and matches their sales up with coupons that apply. You can also search Hot Coupon World’s database for staple items on your E-mealz grocery list. That way if you’re out of flour, you simply type that in to see what coupons are available that you may be able to clip or print out.
- Lots of abbreviations are found on Hot Coupon World and other money saving sites. Here’s your key to what they mean– RP (Red Plum), SS (Smart Source), PG (Proctor and Gamble), WT (wine tag), Peelies (coupons that can be “peeled” off of the boxes at the store), Blinkies (coupons found in the little machines with the red blinking light by the item in the store), IP (internet printable coupon).
- Have patience; it takes time to create a stockpile of coupons that can really be utilized to get the maximum savings. In the beginning, you can rely heavily on IP’s (internet printables). In the beginning, I started out saving $10 off a $70 purchase but now I usually save well over $30 and walk out paying around $20. My best percentage ever was when I saved $33 & paid 83 CENTS! Make it fun! Try to beat your percentage each week, the competition gives me a “couponer’s high!” Trust me, my husband is thankful for that high vs a buying shoes high.
- Join stores’ promotional and member clubs. They often send high value or unusual coupons in the mail. For instance, right now you can join Save-A-Lots’s Smart Shopper Club & receive a $5/$30 coupon that you can use at their store or at another store as a competitor coupon if they accept them as a competitor.
Cutting back on your grocery budget can literally save you hundreds of dollars per month, I know it does for our family. I’m happy to help you out as your E-mealz couponing guru! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments. Have you all tried couponing before? Do you like using coupons on top of your E-mealz plan? What has been your most successful coupon story?