I’m always looking for some cool savings at the store. If your household is like mine, the grocery budget is one of your highest bills. Even a modest 10 percent savings can rack up hundreds of extra dollars in our pocket each year.
Is It Worth It to Clip Coupons?
Clipping coupons can be a time consuming task. However, when you begin to view coupons as money, you realize that every snip of the scissors earns dollars. Many stores, like Meijer and Kroger double coupons up to .50 (some stores even more). This means that a .50 coupon is worth a dollar.
The trick to using coupons, however, is to only clip coupons for items you would normally buy anyway or that you can try free. While binders are fine for the serious couponer, the average crabby housewife only needs an envelope to hold the coupons she is using that week. Simply organize them in the order your store is laid out in. Always compare the price of the brand item with coupon versus buying generic. If shopping at Kroger, pre-load coupons onto your Kroger card from the website. If shopping at Meijer, preload coupons onto your mPerks account at the Meijer website.
Tip: Spend waiting time clipping coupons. For example, while waiting in line to pick your child up from school or at the doctor’s office.
Smartsource and Other Grocery Coupons
Did you know you can print coupons online? Smartsource is only one of many options. You may also want to check out sites like:
- Coupon Cabin
- Cool Savings
In addition to coupons in the Sunday circular, you’ll find coupons in magazines. You may also want to contact your favorite food companies and ask to be added to their mailing list.
How Much Can You Save?
If you plan meals ahead, shop loss leaders and stockpile, you can expect to easily save 25 percent on your grocery bill. Serious couponers report saving 50 to 75 percent. However, saving that kind of money takes true dedication and work.