Coupons Cut Grocery Cost

Save Money at the Grocery Store

Buying groceries takes a big bite out of everyone's budget. If you are ready to cut back on what you spend, learn how to use grocery coupons effectively. Shop only once a week and don’t “crises cook”. If you can further cut your shopping to twice a month and plan meals before shopping, this will reduce your grocery budget.

Even better, plan your menu a week or two at a time, and try to do some of your cooking on the weekend, such as casseroles, and then freeze them. That way dinner is ready to heat up when you get home. Don’t waste money on prepared food or fast food.

The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bill In Half, Stephanie Nelson

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Grocery story tips:

  • Grocery store coupons can be found weekly in the newspapers and start cutting out the coupons, even duplicate coupons if it is an item you use or want to look for in the store coupons also.
  • Coupons can be found in the newspapers, in magazines and you can find them on the Internet. Find some type of accordion container for your coupons to keep the different types of items separated for ease of use when you are ready to shop.
  • Keep the coupons until you see the item on sale and then you can get the item for pennies on the dollar. It is particularly good if you can use a store coupon along with your product coupon.
  • Look online at the grocery store website; look for coupon sites and you can also find coupons under the brand names quite often.
  • Many groceries have coupon swap boxes, so take a look at the box.
  • Seek out grocery stores that have double coupon days and take advantage.
  • Most stores have weekly specials where you buy an item and get one free.
  • When shopping, once you have found the item on the coupon, put the coupon in a place for easy retrieval when you are checking out. The more visible place the better. I have had coupons and then forgot to give them to the cashier which is annoying to say the least.

US Statistics

The amount you spend on groceries makes a difference as to where you live. According to the U.S. Statistical Abstract for 1998 the average family in San Francisco spent 59% more than the family that lived in Philadelphia

Grocery Store Tricks:

  • Don’t let cereal prices fool you, as they are keeping them the same and putting the cereal in smaller boxes.
  • The highest marked up items in the stores are a chest level, so reach up or bend down to get the lower priced items.
  • The stores main aisles that lead to items like milk or bread also house the high-priced items, so try to avoid these areas.
  • Try to shop alone, children and sometimes husbands have a way of adding to the grocery cart.
  • Try to shop earlier in the day. It is less crowded and you can get through shopping more quickly and will spend less.
  • Do not go to the store hungry.
  • Don’t shop when you are tired as you will be more prone to buy sweets and more high-carbohydrates.
  • Buy things that are marked down and you can save as much as 20%.
  • Always get a rain check if something is sold out.


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More Shopping Tips

A few more grocery shopping tips:

  • Meat will often be marked down on the last date, buy it and use it that day or freeze it immediately.
  • Avoid buying non-grocery items, as they are typically more expensive.
  • Shop with a calculator. That way you can figure out if a case lot is cheaper than buying an item one at a time.
  • Request price matching. Many stores will honor other store’s coupons.
  • Watch the register carefully and check your receipt as mistakes happen and sometimes the computer price is not the same as the price by the product.
  • Buying produce at the farmers market will usually save money and give you a fresher product.
  • Buying in season items is always cheaper.
  • Always send in for rebates, even for 50 cents. As my grandmother used to say, pennies make dollars.
  • The video below has some excellent tips and explains exactly how to shop with coupons,

Over $100 of groceries for the price of 1 fast food meal

In Conclusion

Saving money at the store should allow you to increase your home savings or you can plan to use it for something special like a night out on the town or save toward a vacation.

It isn’t that difficult to change your old habits once you see the great savings. You are putting more energy into your grocery shopping one time a week, but you are only shopping once a week. Plus, you have a menu already figured out for the week. The benefits of being organized, using grocery coupons and saving money are well worth while.

© 2011 Pamela Oglesby

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ExpandYourMind 5 years ago from Midwest USA

Good hub -- lots of way to save dough at the grocery store. It's amazing the amount of money you can save with some planning.


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anglnwu 5 years ago

I love your grocery shopping tricks--now, I know to look higher or lower than eye level. Good trick on their part. Thanks for the informative hub.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Expand you mine, Thanks so much for your comments.

Anginwu, I'm glad the hub was helpful to you and I appreciate your comments.


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rpalulis 5 years ago from NY

I really need to start using coupons.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

rpalulis, I think it pays off. Thanks for your comment.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

I also coupon whenever I see one. Thank you for al your useful tips.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Hello, I appreciate your comments.


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

I needed this. When it comes to coupons, admittedly, I'm a complete and total failure. I appreciate your helpful insights! :) Katie


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Katie, I hope this will help. I think it is going to help me get organized with my coupons. Thanks for your comment.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

I have worked hard to get into the practice of using coupons for my groceries, the money I have saved is far more than expected. This is a super good hub on the topic! Very good work as always Pam.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Excellent money-saving tips, Pamela. for grocery shopping. I sometimes collect coupons but almost every time I get around to using them, the darn things have expired. Do you think they have minds of their own?


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

K9keystrokes, At least you have the habit fixed now and I hope others will know it is not that difficult. Thanks for your comments.

drbj, I have let them expire too and forgotten to give them to the cashier when I was checking out. I am a work in progress. Thanks for your comment.


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

All really, really good points, Pamela. I used to do this when we were super young and super poor and even back then, I saved SO MUCH MONEY! I still coupon but I find that the older you get, the harder it is to find coupons for foods especially that you can actually eat or want to! That is disappointing!

I have a friend and her HUSBAND coupons like you would not believe. He should be on TV and I keep telling Bob he should go over and sit down with Tom or at least travel to the stores with him and see how he does it. Again though, I think their diet and ours might clash on many points because they're younger. But then again, the savings in other departments must be phenomenal!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Audry, I am going to try and put more effort in using coupons. I only use them occasionally now but I bought a coupon holder so I can at least locate the one I might use. I appreciate your comments.


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Darlene Sabella 5 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Hello Pam and thank you for the note, also this hub is really true and awesome. I could save so much money and yet I have, all my life, put them in my purse and have never remembered to use them. Gee, you can lead the horse to the water.....rate up love & peace darski


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Darsky, I appreciate your comments. Love and Hugs for you sweet girl.


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Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

I don't use coupons often, but do at times. We all should save when we can. v/r


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Support Med, I think they are little bit of a hassle and yet they do save you money. Thanks for your comment.


frugalday 5 years ago

Nice helpful tips. I might add to it that once you save with the coupons, if you can then do a rebate on the grocery items too, then you will save even more. A couple places to get printable online rebates for groceries is http://www.refundsweepers.com which also has refunding forums too and another site for rebate forms is www.kayceescoupons.com. Coupons + rebates make a very good hobby.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

frugalday, Thanks for the information on the rebates I have never done them by will now. I appreciate all of your comments.


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vellos 5 years ago

Wow. You really covered a lot of ground with this Hub..great work, Pamela!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

vellos, I'm glad you like this hub and I appreciate your comments.

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