I started couponing as a result to save money on all the other things we buy in our household to offset the cost of gluten-free foods. When I talked about it, other people shared their tips and stories with me as well. Here is a guest post from Christy over at Celiac411 with how she manages to save money as well!!
So my first discovery was www.coupons.com. They offer decent coupons and they have new coupons weekly. It’s one of the easier and more simple sites to deal with. You literally select the coupons you want, make sure you’ve downloaded their printer software (don’t worry it’s safe) and then click print.
Getting your local Sunday paper is always a plus. This was my second discovery. By combining the coupons found at coupon.com and those from the Sunday paper, there are times that you can literally create a “double coupon”. Just beware, some stores have certain coupon rules that don’t allow for this….more on that below.
At this point I still wasn’t seeing the big savings that some people brag about. So I searched the internet and found Lozo.com. This site is pretty awesome. It literally finds all the different coupons offered by tons of different sites each week and brings them to you. Now it can be a little frustrating. After you select your coupons from Lozo.com, it will batch like coupons together (i.e. all those offered at the P&G website) but then you have to click on a tab that will take you to the outside site. Sometimes the site will allow you to directly print, other times they will make you sign up for a mailing list. My suggestion: create a coupon only email address. This way you can sign up for all the different outside websites using the same email and forgo filling your personal email with blast emails. Once you get over the initial signing up at 30 or so site, the next week is a breeze…all you have to do is select your coupons at Lozo, then sign in when you are directed to the outside sites.
Lastly, if there is a product that you use on a regular basis and you can’t find a coupon for it, go to the manufacturer site. A lot of times if you sign up with them directly they will email you a coupon.
My top tips for couponing:
1. Know the grocery store’s store policy on couponing (i.e. Publix vs. Winn-Dixie)
3. Organize your coupons. I use an organizer and it’s made shopping so much more sane. I organize by the following categories:
4. Don’t buy items (if possible) unless they’re already on sale. This way you get the sale price plus additional savings from coupons.
5. The biggest treat is landing a BOGO item! A perfect example was me buying ALL laundry detergent. I caught it on a BOGO so the price originally was 2/$8. Since it was BOGO it made it 2/$4 which was great but I had an additional coupon to save a dollar….so I got both for $3. Not too shabby!
6. Be open to trying new brands, if you can. Your favorite brand may not be on sale every week….branch out and use coupons to explore new options.
7. If a coupon doesn’t say “void if copied” you can make copies of the coupon and use it again on your next shopping trip, so long as it isn’t past the expiration date.