I wanted to continue my blog series on Family Budgeting, researching rations in war times got me thinking about my love of couponing so I have decided to write an easy to follow guide for you. I’m not talking extreme couponing here but a little couponing that can help save you a little money.
Couponing is another easy way to save £100’s on your grocery shopping. Just like the cashback apps in my previous blog post here.
Although it does require a shift in your mind set and planning ahead so you can save money on your grocery shop.
Here are some of my tips:
- Knowing where to get Coupons. There are a number of places where you can print off or request coupons. So having a printer is handy. Two of the most popular places to find coupons arecaringeveryday.co.uk and www.supersavvyme.co.uk/offers/coupon but there are many other places. I recommend you follow several well known money saving bloggers for up to date coupons and offers such as Holly Smith and her Extreme Couponing Site here.
- Knowing when to use coupons increases the discount you get. Looking at the expiry date on the coupon is important but knowing when a sale is on or looking at co.ukis also key as this will tell you if the item is on sale. Please don’t waste your coupon on full price items if you can help it. The above website also helps you figure out the cycle of the sales so you will get to know when a sale is coming up for the particular item. For example recently I had a coupon for £2 off a carton of yoghurt drink, the drinks were originally £1.80 but the store reduced them to £1, this meant I could get 2 carton’s of yoghurt drink for free rather than just the one!
- Know how to use coupons at a particular store. Some stores are, shall we say – funny about coupons. It is best to read up on their policy for accepting coupons. If you can’t find the information online just ask at customer service – it saves any embarrassment at the checkout.
- Stock up on sale items. It is important that you try and get the most out of the coupons when the items are on sale. I recommend you stock up on items that you know you will use and have a longer shelf life. Stocking up doesn’t mean you have a mini supermarket in your garage, it just means having sufficient stock that you can repeat the process when the sale comes round again meaning you never pay full price for items again.
I have these family budgeting tips on couponing helps you save money. So now you know all about couponing, go save some money!