Do you want to know where you can get coupons?
If you’re working on spending less on your grocery bill, a weekly menu plan and coordinating shopping list is a great place to start. Just doing those two things alone can help you to cut your grocery spending in a big way. If you want to save even more money on your grocery budget, using coupons on the things you normally buy is a smart way to do just that.
If you’ve ever watched those extreme coupon shows, you know that done right, using coupons for groceries can get your grocery bill down so low it’s ridiculous. I watched one woman on Extreme Couponing walk out of a grocery store with $257 in groceries for one penny!
But even if you don’t want to go extreme, you can still save bundles of cash by using coupons on things you already purchase. Here are eleven places where you can find the coupons that will help you save extra cash on both grocery and personal products you buy every week.
1. Internet Printables
More and more manufacturers are using Internet printable websites for sharing coupons with customers and potential customers. You will find that some sites will have you sign up in order to print their coupons, but some of the best coupon sites such as RedPlum and Coupons.com will allow you to print out coupons without having to sign up.
Also, some printable coupon sites will ask you to install a coupon printer on your device in order to be able to print their coupons, but it’s usually a pretty simple and quick process to do so.
2. Direct From the Manufacturer
Many product manufacturers have websites that will allow you to sign up for emails sharing coupons for their products. Go through your cupboards, make a list of the products you use on a regular basis and the companies that make those products.
Then Google the company names on the net and go directly to the company website. The company should have a community or coupon area that will allow you to sign up to receive special offers right in your email inbox.
I mentioned Coupons.com briefly before but wanted to give you a more thorough heads up of how they work. We don’t buy a lot of name brand products so I didn’t think a site like Coupons.com would be able to do much for our already-low grocery bill.
But within five minutes I was printing out coupons for products we use every day such as razors, feminine products, toothpaste and cleaning products. The process was super easy (just click on the coupons you want and then click on the Print Coupons box when you’re done) and I loved the site was free and that I didn’t have to sign up in order to use them.
4. Sunday Newspapers
You almost can’t beat the Sunday paper for great coupon offers. Having the newspaper delivered to your home or apartment is the easiest and best option for a few reasons.
First, the money you’ll save by using the coupons in the paper will more than pay for the newspaper subscription. Second, the convenience aspect will save you money and you won’t waste gas going to get the paper each week.
Third, often times manufacturers of newspaper coupon inserts (especially where local store coupons are concerned) will only put the coupons in delivered newspapers and not in the newspapers you’ll find at the stores.
You’ll usually find three big name coupon manufacturers in the Sunday paper: SmartSource, RedPlum and Proctor & Gamble. All three of these manufacturers provide coupons for dozens of products you likely use every day.
If you can’t or don’t want to have the paper delivered directly to your house, ask family members or friends if they’ll save their unused or unwanted Sunday newspaper coupons for you.
5. Directly on Products
Go through the grocery aisles at your favorite store and keep your eyes open for coupons that are directly attached to the products they have for sale.
Sometimes the coupons are attached like stickers to the front of the product, and other times they’re hooked on the cap like a necklace. Make sure to tear off the coupons as you put the products in your cart, as the cashier won’t automatically scan them.
6. Purchase Coupons Online
Websites such as Coupon Dede’s, Coupon Clippers and Klip2Save offer coupons that you can purchase online for a small price or handling fee. Usually the price or fee attached to the coupon is pretty small compared to the value of the coupon, but it’s always a good idea to check just in case.
Also, some companies that sell the coupons will send them via email, but most send the actual coupon to you via the U.S. Postal Service or some other shipping company, and there are shipping and handling fees if the company you’re using ships the coupons directly to your house.
Be sure to factor any shipping and handling costs as well as the purchase price into the overall savings of the coupons you are using before you use sites that charge for coupons.
Almost all magazines are filled with product ads that often include recipes as well as coupons for the product or products needed to make the recipe. Search the magazines that are mailed directly to your house for coupons on products you use.
As with newspapers, you can also ask family and/or friends to share magazines when they’re finished reading them so that you can use the coupons available in the magazines if they’re not going to use them.
Many grocery and big box stores also use other methods to provide manufacturer coupons to shopping customers.
Often times you’ll find a tear-pad (a stack of coupons bound together and attached to the shelf that holds the coordinating product) or a blinkie (the plastic boxes with the red blinking lights and pop-up coupons that are attached to the shelf that holds the coordinating product) displayed near the products you use.
Take advantage of these types of coupons when they’re for products you use regularly or on special occasions such as holidays.
9. Weekly Grocery Store Ad
Local stores everywhere send out weekly grocery ads that advertise their grocery specials for the week and offer coupons on products as well.
The first thing we do when we are getting ready to make our weekly menu and shopping list is to go through the weekly grocery store ads that come to the house so that we can coordinate our meals with what’s on sale that week.
Also, many stores have coupon baskets or cubbies right in the store that you can check through for money saving coupons before you start shopping.
10. Free Samples
Online sign ups, direct mail promotions and in-store promotions often offer free samples of new products or of products that manufactures want to boost sales on.
Although the free product might not seem too interesting to you, double-check before you pass it by or toss it in the trash: many free samples have coupons attached that will save you money on that product or on a similar product that the company manufactures.
11. Coupon Apps
Did you know that you can download coupon apps right to your phone?
There are several different ones, but my favorite app is Ibotta. This app will allow you to get cash back on purchases that you make every day.