Today's Kitchen Tip comes from Danielle who blogs over at Love Makes It Home. If you're interested in guest blogging for Tuesday's Kitchen Tip - please send me an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeing the savings on my grocery receipt is sometimes the highlight of my week. Lame, I know! But seriously, when the day comes that you save 70%-90% on your grocery bill, you'll know what I'm talking about and be hooked!
Saving on groceries is so much easier than you think, if you plan. Planning is key to saving mucho dinero! If I want to have pasta, I go to my pantry to find a box that I've gotten free or nearly free by pairing a coupon with a sale. If I were to run to the store, I would have paid full price.
Using coupons can seem daunting at first or to some a waste of time. I used to think they were worthless until I started using them. If you have a store that doubles coupons (Kroger and their chain stores do), you're in for great savings!
So for those of you who are new to coupons, I thought I'd start off with a few basic beginners tips of when to use coupons.
Wait for a Sale
To get the lowest price, use your coupon when the item is at its lowest sale price. This may sound like it’s basic common sense, however, sometimes people use a coupon just because they have it. In that case, they aren’t always saving money-sometimes they’re spending more than they normally would because they are buying a product they don’t really need when it’s not on sale.
With a Store Coupon
Many stores allow you to use both a manufacturer coupon AND a store coupon. In this case, you get some great deals. Target releases new coupons weekly and Walgreens always has in-ad store coupons and often has coupon books. Make sure you're reading the fine print on the top of the coupon-it will say manufacturer coupon or store coupon! Find a store that doubles manufacturer coupons! Usually they double coupon up to $1($1.00 coupons and above are redeemed at their face value) So a $.25 coupon is worth $.50; a $.50 coupon is doubled to $1.00 and anything up to $.99 is rounded up to $1.00.
During Buy One Get on Free Sale
During a buy one get one(BOGO) free sale most stores allow you to use a BOGO coupon to receive two items FREE! Check your store's coupon policy to find out if they allow this!
With a Rebate
Sometimes when you purchase an item you’ll be able to send in a form to receive a rebate check. If you use a coupon at the store, many times you can make money! Example: You buy shampoo for $2.99 and use a $1 off coupon. Then you submit a rebate for $2.99. You were just paid $1.00 to buy the product!
If you choose not to use coupons, be sure to remember stores have sales cycles(typically 6 weeks). Shop the sales and buy produce when it's in season! Use your grocery stores ad to plan meals around what is on sale for the week and you'll be on your way to lowering your monthly grocery bill!
Danielle was a former deal blogger turned 'a little bit of everything blogger' over at Love Makes It Home! As her family prepares to move to their fourth home in the past four years, she's enjoying the simple things in life including her loving husband and cute kids, a cold Dr. Pepper(darn that stuff), and a relaxing day on her front porch! She strives to make her home flow smoother, keep healthy and simple meals on the table, and loves reading the Frontier Kitchen for great recipes mixed with some great humor!
Thanks Danielle! I love using coupons (I figure the more money I save on groceries the more I can spend on fun things...right?) so I really appreciated all these tips!