The Coupon Manifesto

Publix, grocery shopping, coupons, E-Mealz

The coupon manifesto helped me save $25.82 on these groceries and spend $10.79, not too shabby!

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?

13 thoughts on “The Coupon Manifesto

    1. Heather Brown Post author

      Michelle,
      I’ll make a note to do a detailed blog post on this in the future, but in short any coupons that I get in the grocery store or from other sources such as printables, blinkies, etc I put in a little tabbed foldout coupon holder that you can find at any grocery store. All my other coupons that come in the Sunday paper, I clip together by date so that I can easily find them and put them in a big decorative box that I bought at a store like Home Goods. It makes the most sense for me to be able to quickly find and cut the coupons I need just for that specific shopping trip versus cutting out coupons each week that I may or may not use.

  1. adam

    We already do this. I created a monster though, now my wife won’t buy anything unless it is on sale and she has a coupon, even clothes. I am excited about the match to my e mealz menue.

  2. katherine

    My biggest issues with using coupons is that we don’t eat anything that has hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, or MSG to name a few. Most coupons are not for organic healthy choices – if they were I would certainly use them more.

    1. Heather Brown Post author

      Katherine, I know it can be tough to find healthier options to use with coupons but trust me it is possible. You may enjoy this site which does a lot of deal finding based on organic, healthy and eco-friendly products and more. http://savingnaturally.com/

      I have gotten produce coupons, bakery coupons, and more that I’ve used on lots of healthy foods. Whole grain breads have coupons sometimes as well as many others. Try not to cut yourself short, you can still find some good deals to be had on top of your E-Mealz plan.

  3. Amanda

    So are you actually going to tell what coupons to use with each weeks meal plan?? I do coupon at this time but still have trouble matching coupons to e-mealz…

    1. Heather Brown Post author

      Amanda, at this time we are only matching up coupons on a trial basis on the Publix for 2 plan to test it out. I was trying to recommend some ways that you could find coupons for your menu items though, such as using Hot Coupon World as a resource and ways to effectively know how to use coupons. Let me know if you have any specific questions I can help with.

  4. Devon Banta

    How do you combine coupons? I tried to use an in-store coupon and a mfr coupon on one item at my HEB, and the cashier put it through but told me this was not allowed. Almost every coupon says limit one coupon per item. I don’t understand how to get the big discounts w/ just a few cents off here and there.

    1. Heather Brown Post author

      Hi Devon,
      I would check with your store manager to see if they allow you to combine the two. Most stores will allow it but it always helps to double check. Let me know if I can answer any additional questions. The savings really add up when you combine sales items with coupons instead of just coupons alone.

    1. Heather Brown Post author

      You mean about the promotional clubs and coupons? If you sign up for these clubs, they’ll send you coupons to use at their store. However, if other grocery stores you shop at consider them a competitor, you can use it at either the store who sent it to you or another one. Hope that helps!

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