There are many people out there who don’t bother clipping coupons because they don’t think they’ll save a lot. Trust us, though, these savings add up. It may be 25 cents here or buy-one-get-one-free there, but you can easily save hundreds of dollars a year if you clip correctly.
What’s even better? This isn’t something that you have to change your lifestyle over. This isn’t moving into a smaller home or driving a beater car after owning an SUV. This is taking a few extra minutes a week to find the deals that are being offered.
There are plenty of couponing apps you can subscribe to and get great deals. You can find a few of them here. You may also want to scour the Sunday newspaper, and buying one for a couple of dollars is worth it if you find even $5 worth of savings.
Also, be diligent and monitor your local grocery store online. It only takes a minute or two to check the specials for that week, and you may hit a goldmine of a deal when you see that something you eat or use often goes down in price.
A key strategy to stretching the food dollars is to match up coupons to good sales. When you get a coupon for a TV dinner, hold the coupon until dinners are cheaper, and then you can save huge. If the coupon expires, throw it away, and find another coupon on another on-sale item that you can use.
Also, don’t use a coupon just because you have it. If you rarely use a certain product, don’t rush to buy it just because you can get a great deal. Don’t spend money to save money, because you’ll lose money.
One more tip: Even though it’s not technically a coupon, buying food from a warehouse-type store usually means you’ll save a good amount of money because you’re buying so much of a certain item. When you save cash at one place, it allows you to put it toward other stuff … like, maybe, paying off debt?