Coupons are the easiest way to save money grocery shopping. Whether you are a casual clipper or an avid saver, you can really find some great deals, if you know where to look. And just because you do not find anything one week, do not give up hope and write off couponing altogether. Weekly coupon deals are one of the best ways that clipping can save you a decent amount of money.
There are a few levels of folks who use coupons. There is the banana cakes extreme clipper, whom they make reality tv shows about. I am not about to get into that train wreck. But there are also the casual and the amateur coupon clippers as well. The pros already know this, but if I have any tips for you, I have just this one that must be at the forefront of your mind as you are perusing the weekly coupon deals.
Do not be fooled into the savings. I cannot express how important that is. So you are browsing for coupons that you could use and you see four different kinds. One, is the coupon you will definitely use. You are guaranteed to use the product and there is a noticeable savings in using the coupon. The second is the coupon that you will most assuredly not use. You do not need dog biscuits. You own a tarantula. You have no need for dog biscuits. Absolutely no reason to clip that.
Now, the next two are tricky. If it is a product that you would never consider buying without a coupon, you are not saving money, you are actually adding to your grocery bill in order to utilize the coupon. The second deceptive coupon is the deal coupon. Buy 30 pounds of salami and get half off of this loaf of bread. You do need bread. It is on your grocery list. As is salami. So it is perfect, right? Absolutely not. You certainly do not need 30 pounds of luncheon meat just to save 50 cents on a loaf of bread. Buying the pound of meat and loaf at full price is still cheaper than the 30 pound salami fiasco.
The final note to remember is a quick tip. Do not convince yourself that it is worth paying the extra for the larger size of mayo this trip, just because it means that you will not need mayo again until later than usual. You may think that you can spend less on the next trip, not needing mayo, but you will always find something to fill in that money gap in your budget. Ultimately netting you no savings. Scour the weekly coupon deals. Clip and shop smart.