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With the price of food on the rise, it only makes sense to use whatever (legal) means at your disposal to save at the supermarket. Don’t make illegal copies of printable coupons!
Many grocery stores will let you “stack” coupons, i.e. on BOGO deals you can use two manufacturer coupons and 2 store coupons (any store’s if allowed- check your store’s coupon policy). You can also use other store’s $5 off $50 or $5 off $25–most store’s will only accept one competitor coupon.
My Hitchcock’s supermarket doubles any manufacturer under .50¢ and under, but not all do.
Here are some of our favorite coupon sites and services for savvy savings.
Weekly Store Ad Lists:
The Coupon Divas teach you how to stack coupons and save a fortune. They match up weekly ads with current coupons and now offer a printable list for your selections. Sign up for their email list and the Divas will send you the hot deals they find and the “Best of the Best” lists for stores such as Walgreen’s, CVS, Rite Aid, and others.
Southern Savers posts supermarket sale lists with links to printable coupons. Doesn’t require registration. You can select the items you want to buy and print a custom list to take to the store with you. (Special thanks to Miranda for turning us on to this awesome site!) They also give lessons on how to stack coupons for maximum savings. (My personal favorite!)
CouponMom lists the weekly ad deals for a multitude of grocery and drug stores in a plethora of states. It’s free to register for this site; once you do, log-in then search the drop down list of grocery deals by state and select the store for the sale list. Printable list of your selections. You can’t select multiple numbers of particular items, i.e. 4 French’s Dijon Mustard. You’ll have to write the number you want for each item on your printed list.
The Grocery Game is a service similar to Southern Savers and Coupon Mom, but it costs $10 every 8 weeks per store list you select. You can choose multiple numbers of particular items and it will display your savings as you select items. It’s very easy to use, but unfortunately some lists aren’t complete until days after the sales start and not all sale items are listed. The Publix Advantage Buys are not included in the list. However, for those who don’t have time for extreme couponing, it may be the perfect service for you.
The Coupon-Wizards teach people how and where to stack coupons. Check out their free live webinars and videos + friend them on facebook for up-to-date deals and lessons. If you sign up for their email list, they send messages that show where you can get amazing deals.
Free Printable Coupons:
You can usually get 2 of every printable coupon by hitting the back button drop down and returning to the first print screen after the first one has printed. When items are on sale BOGO use 2 manufacturer coupons and 2 (any) store coupons if possible. Many grocery stores allow this, but you can only use either their store coupon or a competitor store coupon per item–not both store coupons together. (UPDATE: The new Publix coupon policy states each store will have a list posted of the competitor coupons they will honor. Be sure to check this list before printing another store’s coupons that may not be useful. Wasting paper doesn’t save you money!)
All You magazine on-line has a few exclusive printable coupons. The print publication of All You is chock full of exclusive coupons every month. At only $2.50 a copy found only at Walmart, it’s definitely worth buying 2 or 4 to use on BOGO deals. You can also subscribe for home delivery at around $1.66 per copy.
Coupons.com is loaded with manufacturer coupons. New coupons are loaded on a regular basis. Always check to see if there are any new ones before you head out to shop.
Target – (scroll to bottom to find coupon link) Use their coupons to stack with manufacturer coupons. Many grocery stores accept these; check your store’s coupon policy or ask the store manager.
Family Dollar: Print their coupons for stacking.
Dollar General: Print their coupons for stacking.
Sign up on various brand name websites for access to their exclusive coupons in their email newsletter, i.e. www.kelloggs.com, www.bettycrocker.com, www.pillsbury.com, www.kraft.com, www.conagra.com, www.seabest.com, www.pg.com, etc. Not every brand name offers printable coupons, but many do. It’s always worth it to take a moment to surf to your favorite brands’ site to sign up for their newsletter which may contain access to valuable coupons.
Purchasing Individual Coupons:
The Coupon Clippers: You can buy individual coupons in mass quantities. Each coupon costs a set price, i.e. .08 to .25 cents depending on the value of the coupon + shipping. You’re not paying for the coupon, but the labor for the service to clip and ship the coupons to you. This is great if you’re looking for a smaller number of a particular coupons.
Clippity-Q No shipping/handling/admin fees. The price you see is the price you pay. $2 minimum coupon order. Each quantity of “1″ = 10 coupons – price shown is for TEN coupons (1 lot of 10). This service is perfect for stocking up on your favorite items when they go on sale.
Whole Coupon Inserts is a great insert service. You have to be johnny-on-the-spot, though, to snap them up before they’re out of stock. You may feel the price is too high, but take into consideration how much you can save at the grocery store while stocking up with mass quantities of your favorite coupons. (My favorite source!)
There are many ebay sellers offering whole coupon inserts for reasonable fees considering the amount of money you can save per insert. Just do a basic search for “coupon inserts.” I prefer the Buy it Now offers with low cost or free shipping. Be sure to pay attention to the insert dates, and the seller’s rating. Be aware that it usually takes ebay sellers much longer to actually mail the coupons.
Woman Freebies sends emails with links to free samples and good coupons.
Freeflies sends emails with links to free samples.
All You – click through for access to previous and current free samples.
If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask! And, if you know of any cool coupon, saving sites, or freebies please let us know in the comments.