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How to Get Free Items From Your Local Grocery Store

Updated on July 2, 2013

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The Couponing Experience!

I have always been a frugal shopper, someone that kept a watch out for great deals and a common coupon clipper. I managed to get great deals here and there and save a few pennies at a time, however when my oldest daughter went away to college, her expenses were so high that I quickly had to learn extra ways to save money. I previously heard that people were getting free groceries using coupons and often wondered how true this was. I had even watched a few episodes of the television show Extreme Couponers and thought to myself, "this is just a show, people can't possibly get free items grocery shopping."

As her expenses each semester grew, and grew, I was forced to do some investigating so I purchased a couponing book, watched youtube videos, and put everything I learned to action by planning a shopping trip to see if I could really get free items from our local grocery stores. To my amazement not only did I get free items weekly but I could even be paid overages at the register that helped pay for other items that I bought.

I am so glad that I was forced into this opportunity which is a new way of life for me and my family. I can now go on vacations that I could never go on before. My pantry if filled to the brim with groceries, and I can even help others that are in need.


How do I get free groceries?

*study sales papers carefully-I make sure I study sales papers and circle any items that I am interested in and check to see if I have coupons I can match with the items in the sales papers.

*preplan shopping trips ahead-I make sure my coupon binder or carrier is well organized and all of my coupons are preclipped

*I stack deals on top of deals-I make sure I get the most for my money. This may mean that I will sometimes save a coupon for a little while but I make sure every shopping trip is worth my time and money. I simply look for items that are already marked down at their lowest and combine my coupons with those deals.

*I take advantage of rebate offers-companies will pay you to try products You will have to purchase the items first but they will mail you a rebate check back.

*I make sure I check the clearance items-this is an opportunity to get something free or almost free since clearance items are already marked down pretty low

*I purchase the smallest of items in the store- when coupons say you can purchase any size, you will capitalize on small items, sometimes getting them free (couponers love the word any)

*I use coupons at stores that double coupon-I try to only use any of my coupons that can be doubled at stores like Kroger that will double any coupon fifty cents and under. This means that for a fifty cents off coupon, Kroger will double that amount taking one dollar off of that coupon.

*I use my coupons only on items that go on sale-I simply wait for a good sale and use my coupon on sales items getting two and sometimes three deals in one especially on (bogo) deals. (buy one get one free)

*I use manufacturer's coupons and store coupons on a single item-stores will allow you to use a manufacturer's coupon and store coupon together

*I get organized! I make sure my coupons are well organized because using coupons on shopping trips can make shopping trips long and drawn out. I usually put all of my food items in one section of my coupon carrier, household items, personal care items, and so forth.

(my free shopping trip)

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 4 years ago from Georgia

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      Tamara Wilhite 4 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

      Those on SNAP and WIC are not obligated to use coupons, but they are obligated to choose healthier, low cost foods. They shouldn't be loading up on snack food, soda and expensive meats while the taxpayers subsidizing their diet are pinching pennies.

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 4 years ago from Georgia

      I agree!

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 4 years ago from Georgia

      I agree!

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 4 years ago from Georgia

      I agree!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for your useful tips. I wish that Malaysia has this coupon system. We don't get free items with coupons. We just vouchers. For example, purchase RM100 and above, get RM 5 voucher to be use in your next purchase. Otherwise, look for items that comes with free gifts. No much choice, eh? Voted up

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 4 years ago from Georgia

      The system really works!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great suggestions! We are big on couponing in our household and weekly we find great free items.

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 4 years ago from Georgia

      Good for you!!!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for sharing your tips on using coupons!

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 4 years ago from Georgia

      You are welcome!

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