Part 3: Using Your Coupons

cut your grocery bill in half
I shop at only two stores either Harris Teeter or Lowes Foods.  Their sale cycles run from Wednesday to Tuesday.  But some stores like Kroger run Sunday to Saturday.  On Wednesday when the sales have been posted I check only 2 websites.  The first is Coupon This site is nation wide so you should find your local grocery stores here.  The second site I check is Southern  This site is local, and I find that I often find unadvertised deals here.  It’s a good idea to seek out a local couponing site in your area where people post deals found specifially at the stores in your city.  

These 2 sites lists everything that is on sale, and the coupons to use with these sales items.  It really couldn’t be easier.  Someone has already done all the work for you.  Now you just need to go through your coupon binder and pull out those coupons to use on your next shopping trip.  

coupon binder

Stuff You Should Know:

  • Most stores allow you to use up to 3 of the same coupon.  
  • BOGO (ie 2 for $3.00) does not mean you have to buy 2.  You can buy 1 for $1.50.
  • You can combine a store coupon with a manufacturers coupon.  For example I could use a Target store coupon with a manufacturers coupon.
  • SS = southern savers
  • PG = P & G flyer
  • RP = Red Plum

I hope I have given you the basics to start saving your family some serious money!  

It takes about 12 weeks to build up your coupon inventory as well as your stockpiles before you really start to see these savings.  But it’s worth it.  Think of what you can do with all that extra money!