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Grocery Store Coupons - Save Money by Learning Couponing

Using grocery store coupons can be an excellent way to live a frugal life and pocket thousands of dollars in savings annually. I know because I've been a couponer for over 10 years. This page on coupon discount savings will teach you a little bit about how to get started in couponing. piggy bank with coupons
There are a couple big misconceptions out there when it comes to the world of couponing and refunding.

First, you've seen the shows on TV where the women fill a grocery cart with name-brand merchandise, spend a half hour handing over a couple hundred coupons, and walk out of the store paying $1.08.

You probably wonder if it is really possible. It is. And you, personally, can learn to do it.

But, like most things in life, there is a catch: it takes time. A massive amount of time. Lucky for you, I'm going to show you how to reduce that time!

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The 7 Rules to Couponing

First things first, in order to maximize your savings with grocery store coupons, you're going to need to learn the basics.

Rule #1: Match Coupons with Sales
First, match your coupons with sales. Check your sales fliers at grocery stores and drug stores each week, and hold onto your coupons until you find a good price. Often, the same Sunday paper that you find a good coupon in will be the same paper you find the sale in. Sometimes this makes items free!

Rule #2: Use Smallest Item Allowed
When using coupons, make sure you buy the absolute smallest item permitted to get the best deal. Which would you rather have? $1 off a 4 oz tube of toothpaste, or 4 totally free 1 oz toothpastes?

Rule #3: Utilize BOGO Sales
Buy One Get One Free Sales, or BOGOs as they are called by us coupon pros, are fantastic! Because you are purchasing two items, you can use two grocery store coupons - one on each item.

Rule #4: Switch Brands if You Find a Good Sale
Don't be brand loyal! Buy the products that are on sale and that you have coupons for. Switch brands of shampoo or razors when they are offered for free or at a substantial discount.

Rule #5: Get a Raincheck
If your store is out of a product that is on sale, don't be afraid to ask for a raincheck. Rainchecks are actually really great opportunities to buy some extra time to collect more coupons.

Rule#6: Combine Store and Manufacturer’s Coupons
When stores put out their own grocery store coupons in sales fliers or store ads, these are not manufacturers coupons, so therefore, you can use both a manufacturers coupon AND a store coupon on one single item, saving you even more money.

Rule #7: Stockpile
Here's my favorite rule of couponing. Stockpile! When you find a sale on a product you use, get your hands on as many coupons as you can, and stock up. Get enough to get you through a few months until the next time it's on sale.

Saving Time and Money

Each of the above steps is clearly explained in Couponing: The Extreme Video Course. The course is over 90 minutes long and in addition to showing you, step-by-step, the 7 Rules to Couponing, you'll also get tips on how to work some of the most common store rewards programs nationwide.

Another huge time drainer for couponers is taking the time each week to gather all the sales fliers from each store, find the deals, then match the coupons that are available for the deals. Not only is this time-consuming, it is often tedious. I personally don't do it. I rely on SavingsAngel, an online website that matches the coupon deals for me each week. I've even put together a free report on SavingsAngel that you can download here.

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    Here's an example of what types of grocery coupon savings are really possible using coupons on a regular basis. This is the grocery store coupons deal I did this week at Walgreens. I got:
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  • (20) boxes of NutriGrain bars at $1 a box (after $1 coupon and $2 in-store rewards)
  • (3) Complete - Contact Lens Cleaner Kits (free after in-store rewards)
  • (7) Lanacane (free after in-store rewards)
  • (10) Witch Hazel (free after in-store rewards)
  • Now, let me explain why I got some of these products. You see, I do not need the contact lens kits, and really have no use for the Lanacane.

    So, many people would assume that even though they are free, they would not be worth a couponer's time. But they are wrong. Here's why.

    I was on a "witch hunt", if you will. I wanted to get my hands on as many of the witch hazels as possible because they were totally free.

    How? Well, they were on sale for $4, and when you bought one, you'd get a $4 Register Reward (RR), which is the Walgreens in-store bonus program.

    The $4 RR is good on any product in the store...except another witch hazel. But, I could use the $4 RR on the Lanacane, which also produced a RR, which I could then use on the witch hazel.

    So, as long as I had free Lanacane to purchase, I could get more free witch hazel (which I use for astringent and in my herbal concoctions). Why the contact lens cleaner? Some stores (I went to about a dozen) were out of Lanacane, so I had to get a little more creative with my deals.

    And the NutriGrain bars? We just really love NutriGrain bars and $1 a box is a pretty good price. I took them all out of their boxes and put them into gallon Ziploc bags, so they should last us at least three months.

    As you can see, there is some creativity when it comes to making deals work, but the grocery coupon savings can be astronomical! And each week the deals and the products are different. I have never seen witch hazel as a freebie offer before, so I wanted to make sure I could get as many as possible, but some deals come out on a regular basis, like razors, toothpaste, and shampoo.

    The products that I got this week that I do not need will be bartered with other local individuals for fresh produce or meats (or something else I do need) and will continue to benefit us. And Walgreens is not the only store to get great deals at. CVS, RiteAid, Target, and local grocery chains are fabulous as well.

    Learning to work the world of grocery store coupons and refunds can add up to significant savings. It's a fun and profitable hobby, and one that every stay at home mom should learn.

    Sneak Peak at Next Week

    Like this section on grocery store coupons? Next week we'll talk about organizing your couponing system to save you more time and money. We'll go over different coupon categories, methods of organization such as the coupon binder, and more.

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    How Much Will These Couponing Ideas Save You?

    I'd love to hear how you are coming with your frugal and free challenge and using grocery store coupons.

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