Couponing is a great way to save money on your weekly grocery bill. Although you might occasionally hear outrageous stories of those who save tens of thousands a year with coupons, that is not realistic for the vast majority of people. However, it is realistic to shave at least 20 percent off of your grocery bill by spending around an hour couponing each week.
In order to begin couponing, you need coupons! Fortunately, there are more ways than ever to collect coupons without spending a lot of money. If you already subscribe to the Sunday newspaper, do not throw away the coupon inserts. Take a few minutes to look through the coupons, and cut out any coupons that are for items that you normally purchase.
The Internet is a great source for free coupons. There are numerous online sites that allow you to print off coupons for your favorite groceries, household items, personal care items and more. Although there is no cost to use most of these sites, you need to factor in the cost of your paper and printer ink. To keep your costs low, only print coupons that you know you will use before their expiration dates.
The best and easiest way to save big with a coupon is to combine the coupons that you have with the weekly sales at your grocery store. Each week, stores deeply discount some items to try to get customers into the store. Add your coupon to a sale item to get that product at a rock bottom price.
At times, you will even be able to get items for free by combining sales with coupons. For instance, your store might mark your favorite brand of tomato sauce down to 50 cents per can next week. You can also clip a coupon for $1.00 off two cans from your Sunday paper. When you combine the coupon with the sale, you can enjoy two cans of tomato sauce for free!
Couponing can cut your grocery budget, but it is not always an easy task. In order to see big savings, you need to take the time to find and organize coupons. It also takes time to match your coupons to sales. Some new couponers fall into the trap of buying things they will never use just because they have coupons. You can avoid this by only using coupons for items that you need and sticking to your grocery list.