Although I’ve shared how I save money when shopping for healthy groceries without couponing. I actually love couponing, too, so I decided to share a guide to couponing with a few of my tips and tricks for finding coupons I’ll actually use. Hopefully, you’ll find out about one or two ways you didn’t know before!
There are a few different ways I get coupons, and all of these ways combined take about 20 minutes or less before my weekly shopping trip. As you get used to doing it, it gets faster, and as a college student, couponing can be an awesome way to save some extra money. I do try to make sure that I don’t spend too long looking for coupons since time is money, right? The most important part of quick and efficient couponing is knowing where to look, so let’s talk about the best spots to find coupons you’ll actually want to use!
The best places to look:
1. Your grocery store’s online coupons. Almost every grocery store has online coupons that go directly onto your store rewards card once you click on them, so you don’t even have to print them. Of the grocery stores near me, Kroger and Harris Teeter usually have some good options.
The awesome thing about online coupons is that you can clip an online coupon AND use a manufacturer’s coupon in the store, so you can end up saving some serious money (if $3 instead of $1.50 counts as “serious money” ;)).
2. Emails from the companies you love. If you’re like me, you don’t like signing up for a bunch of emails, but some companies email out great printable coupons. I have a separate email address for company sign-ups and other things like that, and none of these companies send out an obnoxious number of emails, so to me, it’s worth signing up.
3. The websites of your favorite brands. You might be surprised by how many companies offer coupons right on their websites! If I see an awesome sale in my store’s online flyer for say, Stonyfield Greek yogurt, I could check Stonyfield’s website to see if they have coupons, print a few, and then stock up and get a great deal by combining the sale and coupons. A lot of companies put coupons on their Facebook pages, too.
4. Couponing sites. Lozo.com and coupons.com both have good coupons! If you’re a healthy eater, you can scroll right past the junk food coupons and almost always find some coupons for healthy foods, as well as things like household items.
5. A quick Google search. If you type in the type of coupon you’re looking for, you’ll often be able to find one quickly. I always click “Search tools” and filter my results to be from within the last month so that a bunch of expired coupons don’t come up.
A bonus way to save: double couponing
Some grocery stores will double your coupon up to a certain value. For instance, if you use a $.75 coupon, the cash register will automatically take off $1.50. The way it works is that the store will match the manufacturer’s coupon amount up to a certain dollar amount. Not all stores do this, but some of the stores near me, like Harris Teeter, will match coupons as long as the coupon’s amount is less than $1.
Sometimes, Harris Teeter has “super double coupon” sales where they’ll match any coupon up to $2! So, if you had a $1.50 off coupon, they’d take $3 off. Not a bad deal, and in these kinds of sales, you can often end up getting items for free, almost free, or in a few cases, you might even be able to MAKE money!
Case in point: evol burritos were on sale for $2.50. I had a couple $1.50 coupons from evol’s website, and Harris Teeter was doing a “super double” coupon sale that week.
If you’d like to see which grocery stores in your state double coupons, you can click HERE.
By checking out the sale flyer before you go to the store and doing a quick online search for coupons, you can end up scoring some great deals. Hope this guide to couponing was helpful for you!
*Be sure to check out my latest post on saving money on groceries with your smartphone! I recommend a couple of rebate apps that are really easy and fun to use.