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How to Save Money by Couponing!

Updated on November 15, 2012

3 Tips to Cut your Grocery Bills!

As a mom to 7 kids aged 13 and under, we go through a lot of food. A lot of groceries. We are on one income and my husband works for a non-profit organization, so we are never going to be rich. One way I have found to cut down on our grocery bills is to use coupons. I read the grocery circulars and plan my shopping around what is on sale. I clip coupons. I bulk buy when I see great deals. I used to think that using coupons was not worth the time and effort it took, but now I notice that I am saving sometimes up to 50% of my total bills. I figured it was part of my job as manager of my home to use my time to save money. Plus I get an adrenaline rush when I see that total go down, down, down at the check out counter. I thought I'd share some tips for couponing that any average, busy mom can use.

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Tip 1: Subscribe to your local Sunday paper

It's a GREAT source of coupons!

I have found one of the easiest ways to get lots of coupons is to subscribe to my local Sunday newspaper. Most weeks there are more than one bundle of coupons in the Sunday paper. Some weeks I score 3 bundles of coupons. It costs me $8.60 to have Sunday home delivery and I will save at least $100 or more from the coupons in the paper. If you want more coupons, you can get multiple copies of the Sunday paper.

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Tip 2: Use Internet coupons

Subscribe to coupon email lists and blogs

I get emails from several coupon and deal sites. I have included some of these in the link list below. There are many coupons that you can print from the internet, both from coupon sites and places like facebook. Some lists send daily digests of deals and printable coupons, others send you weekly reminders or monthly reminders when printable coupons are re-loaded. I have found that Walmart and my local grocery stores accept these printed coupons. The savings add up! Many times the writers of the couponing blogs have done all the homework for you and will match up major stores (such as Target, Rite Aid, CVS or grocery stores) with the coupons and deals available. I have listed the ones I use most in the link list following.

Tip 3: Read your store circular

Shop according to what's on sale and combine sales with coupons

We get store circulars delivered right to our mailbox weekly. Other circulars come in the Sunday newspaper (stores such as Target, Rite Aid, CVS and Walmart). Read through them to find out what is on sale, then look through your coupons to see what matches up. You can save a bundle by combining store "buy one, get one" sales with coupons. Many stores double the coupon savings too. Plan your menus based on what is one sale. Some sites like The Coupon Mom match coupons to store savings weekly for you.

Learn from the Coupon Mom - Be a Strategic Shopper

The Coupon Mom, Stephanie Nelson shows you how to use your coupons and save tons!

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Do you use coupons? - What is your savings tip?

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      brmadagan 5 years ago

      I cut coupons for my mom.

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      yes. not as much as before but whenever we can...

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      Vortrek Grafix 5 years ago

      Don't use coupons much, but always figured it was worthwhile for anyone who took the time to learn all the little tricks of the trade.Saving money is the same as getting a raise, since it has the same affect on the bottom line (increasing discretionary income).

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      I used to live on coupons.. but here in Kuwait they don't take them.. so I'm stuck!

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      accfuller 6 years ago

      stick to your list!!!!!!!!!!!

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      I have recently begun to SERIOUSLY use coupons and am amazed to see the savings each week grow. It's astonishing to realize how much you can save with some planning and effort. That whole planning part is my biggest hurtle! Thanks for the tips!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great tips especially since lately the cost of food has been raising! Thanks.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      I use coupons but not as much as I should.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      little savings add up to much saved! cheers

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      BunnyFabulous 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I definitely use coupons! My biggest 'aha' moment was learning that when there's a Buy-One-Get-One sale, you can use one coupon on the 'Buy One' item and one on the 'Get One' (free) item, saving you even more money.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I sure do use coupons and probably my biggest money saving tip is to get the essentials and skip over the high priced snack type items.

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      uncgrace 7 years ago

      I always use coupons and have a site to teach others as well. Check it out for yourself at

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens! I love using coupons and love the thrill of saving my own money.

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      capriliz lm 7 years ago

      I sure do use coupons. I use them when shopping at the mall, too. Our motto in this house is "Never pay retail!"

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      stefalex 7 years ago

      If you want to save on childcare check coupon.

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      encouragingwords 7 years ago

      Thanks for motivating me to do better with my couponing.

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      I don't use coupons like I used to. Guess I have too many "bad" memories of having to do this when I was a kid. I will occasionally look for coupons now but it seems so time consuming to me.

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      BuckHawkcenter 7 years ago

      I love finding new sites for coupons. I plan quite a bit of time to save on my grocery bill. You offered some good new sites for me to check out.

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      Loretta 7 years ago from United States

      I used to spend a lot of time clipping coupons, but I never really got organized enough to be super good at it. I am in complete envy of the folks that go into the store and walk out with a cart full of things for less than 10 dollars because they shopped smart and used a ton of coupons. I need to really put a little more effort into my organization step before I head out shopping.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 7 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I used to use them a lot, and need to get busy using them again. Neat lens, with some great websites listed too.

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Yep - we use coupons whenever possible, but my favorite thing to do is shop at the discount grocery stores. =D