Thursday, February 26, 2009

Clipping coupons

I had no idea when we started our Dave Ramsey Total Money Makeover just how many resources there were out there to save money. My biggest eye opener was how much money coupons can save you on groceries. People complain that clipping coupons takes too much time. Guess what? You don't even need to clip them. Just put the coupon flyers in a file with the date and let all the coupon experts do the work for you.

What coupon experts?

There are kind, generous people who keep blogs about what's on sale where and which coupons to use when. And the blogs are free! FREE.

A few people told me about the Grocery Game, but that costs money to join (which is not in the budget!) so I started looking around to see if there were free sites that did something similar. I discovered BeCentsAble. Today they have Walmart sales listed. You can check out this list of stores and blogs broken down by region. Local bloggers keep their store's sales updated. Just click and you can see what coupons to pull out and use. I found a couple of NW bloggers and one's Sunday post on Frugal Living NW saved me 75% on my Safeway bill on Tuesday.

Are you a user of coupons? Any good sites you want to share on saving money with food?


Virginia said...

I have got to where I am useing more coupons, you have to. I have also noticed in my area that Walmart does not sell for less. They keep going up every week. I have started doing more shopping at Kroger because they are just as cheap. Kroger also sends out coupons so I use these on things I need.

Brandy said...

I shop at several different stores, which takes longer, but the saving are worth it.
I clip coupons and my MIL gives me the ones she doesn't use. It's always cool to find a store that will have a double or triple coupon day. *g*
No exercises for me again, today. I can't seem to shake the fever.

I hope you have a great day!

Dru said...

I tried clipping food coupons but it was always for much more items than I can store in my place.

In some cases coupons are not a single person's friend.

However, I will use coupons for books, clothes and electronics gadgets.

I hope you had a good Thursday.

Jane said...

I love coupons. I hate it when stores place restrictions on when you can use a coupon. Some stores won't let you use a manufacturer coupon with a store coupon.

housemouse88 said...

My hubby calls me the coupon queen. I love them. Granted the cashiers don't. Every penny we save, I can spend on something more important, like books. LOL. Have a great day.

limecello said...

I'm big with coupons too - some stores will take expired ones even, and some won't. I recently saved $3 on shampoo/conditioner w/ an expired one - I was excited. (Didn't think he'd take it, but thought it was worth trying to save them money.)
If you're into "swag" - there's this too:

You can just enter codes, or use it as a search engine - like google- and randomly get points. It's legit; I got it Feb 11th and have already gotten 2 $5 gift cards. (I waited until I got my "prize" to tell people about it.)
If you don't have it already and do decide to sign up, please use the link - I get referral points.

Also - for coupons and samples, if you know what you're going to buy, check the manufacturer's website. I could've kicked myself when I saw I could/should have saved a few dollars on the sensodyne pronamel toothpaste the dental hygienist told me to buy.