If you really want to SAVE big with coupons, it’s more than just a sharp pair of scissors and a stack of coupons. You’ll probably need to re-think how you grocery shop.
SHOPPING SALES – I know this sounds obvious, but if you NEVER clipped a coupon, but just shopped sales, you could easily cut your budget by 40-50 percent. By this I mean – ONLY buy what is at a rock-bottom price at your store for that week. You’ll do even better when you combine this with coupons. By following Queen Bee Coupons, you can get the best deals at the grocery store each week.
STOCKPILE – Smart coupon shoppers stock up on products when they are at their lowest possible sales price (plus using a coupon), so they don’t have to run out and pay full price on items when they need them – and they buy enough to last them until the NEXT big sale (generally every 12 weeks). Stockpile basics such as cereal, meat, toiletries – whatever items your family uses the most.
HAVE A PLAN – This goes with shopping sales. You NEED a plan before you head to the store. Print out the best deals for your local store (see links above) and build your menu plan for the week based on what items are on sale.
THINK MEALS, NOT DEALS – I promote smart shopping and sensible coupon use. You need to use coupons for the items your family needs. If you get 50 containers of mustard for FREE after coupon, that’s great, but if you can’t make any meals from it, it doesn’t do you any good!