Grocery shopping can be a stressful time, especially once the final number is tallied in the checkout line. But with some diligence, some patience, and a trusty pair of scissors, you can begin couponing like the pros. Here are a few coupon tips and tricks to get you started.
- Bulk Up on Things You’ll Need. If you find a great deal on something that A) you know your family will use and enjoy and B) won’t expire before you get a chance to use it, then stock up! It may seem like a larger-than-normal expense at checkout time, but you’ll save loads of cash in the long run.
- Don’t Shop on an Empty Stomach. If you walk into the grocery store hungry, you’ll be more likely to add things to your cart that are not on your list, and that can easily undo any savings you might be getting from your carefully clipped coupons. Have a healthy snack and drink plenty of water before setting foot in the store, and you’ll have an easier time focusing on your list.
- Plan Out Your Meals. Similarly, don’t wait until the grocery store to figure out your meals for the week. Knowing all your ingredients beforehand can not only give you ample time to find the best weekly coupon deals, but will also streamline your time spent in the store.
- You Gotta Shop Around. The best deals might not always be in one place. Extreme couponing might dictate that you visit more than one store for the very best deals. And one of the best stores might be right in your pocket—you can usually save money shopping online, especially for bulk non-perishables.
Feel free to share your favorite coupon tips and tricks in the comments below. And happy shopping!