Top 5 Free Grocery Coupon Sites
Who Do You Trust?
Google "grocery coupons" and you'll get pages and pages of choices. Where do you go? Which sites can you trust? The more I go on the web, the more cautious I become. Between spyware, viruses, and just websites that waste my time, I consider myself an intermediate web surfer. So when it comes to finding coupons, there are certain sites I trust to give me the deals I need to keep my grocery bill as low as possible.
You see those banner ads on the tops and margins, promising the coupons you've been looking for? Out of curiosity you click on them only to be led on a wild goose-chase--still no coupon. One site notorious for this is called Shop At Home. Some of their coupons are from drug stores meaning you can only use them at that particular store. No good. Stay away from this site. They often redirect you to sites like the ones I have listed below but they make you work an extra step. They are also hoping you'll download their coupon toolbar. Don't download any extra toolbars, no matter the site. They always give you the option to reject.
Have you ever seen the TLC show "Extreme Couponing?" Every episode showcases people all around the country who have learned how to get groceries for next to no money. Look closely at the stores these people shop at. Most of the stores are smaller market grocery stores where coupons can be doubled up to $.75. Does your store do that? Does yours double up to $1.00? Do they triple the value of the coupon?
In my city, there are several stores that double up to $.50 only. With this being said, it is difficult to get things for free like they do on the show. I'm pleased if I can bundle a good sale with a coupon. Thank goodness, my favorite store, Publix, lets you bundle a store coupon with a manufacturer one. Kroger does not offer many opportunities to do this. And what's worse, Kroger does not double their cyber coupons (the ones you load on your Kroger Plus card).
The "Extreme Couponing" show has been filmed at discount stores like KMart. Those stores have gotten wise to these extreme shoppers and have put limits on the amount of coupons allowed per items purchased and dollars spent. To the store's detriment, most of the KMarts in Georgia are now closing, with only two that will be left open after the 2012 holidays.
So you're on Google, looking for free coupons and you see lots of choices. I'm here to share the sites that I, and many others, have used successfully and with no computer problems.
The reason I say "trusted sites" is that most of them do require some kind of download or login information before you can print out the company's coupons. As far as downloads, the most I've ever had to do with these sites is a coupon printer (make sure to ALWAYS uncheck the toolbar option they ask to you download).
One more piece of advice: print your coupon twice. A lot of times they'll send you a link to a coupon to print and will allow you to print it out a couple of times.
- Kellogg's: Kellogg's advertises their deals on other sites like Coupons.com but you have to actually print out these coupons on their site. If you join their Family Savings Program and submit codes, you can earn points to get even better deals.
- Coupons.com: Super easy, lots of coupons, and variety of coupons are all reasons why I love this site. I recommend that you print the coupon if you think you might use it because some are available for only a short time.
- Dixie Crystals: The Sunday paper will occasionally offer some Dixie Crystals coupons but the majority I find are from this site. And boy, do I need these coupons. Even store brand sugar has gone through the roof!
- SmartSource and RedPlum: Two safe sources for primo coupons.
- Conglomerates. Some companies such as Johnson and Johnson, Unilever and Procter and Gamble represent a whole line of products
Keep an Open Mind
Because so many people have taken up couponing, stores are changing their policies. The Kroger Corporation has decided to lower its everyday prices and stop offering double coupons all together. In my town, we only have a couple of grocery store choices. This discontinuation of double coupons has benefited my local Publix which still offers double coupons. Publix also takes other chains' coupons. Score! When in doubt, ask your cashier, manager, or even your friends about local policies for your store.
Sometimes, Google does not give you every coupon offering. I was at the store one time and I saw a lady redeeming some coupons I hadn't seen before. So, I asked her where she got them. Publix has an in store flyer called Get the Savings. Sometimes they are hidden around the store, some times you can view and print offline. These coupon books come out every so often so I have to keep checking. The point is, keep searching, keeping asking. The world of coupons is always changing.
Another area of growth is the digital coupon. The biggest downfall is that no store that I know of will double these coupons. The upside is that sometimes there is no coupon to be had for an item. In this case, saving $.25 is better than nothing.