I am by no means an expert couponer. In fact- I only think I use coupons probably once every 3 shopping trips. BUT when I do… I feel like I can conquer the world. Using coupons is really a simple task. It just takes a little planning ahead and no brand loyalty. (You may not always have a coupon for the specific brand you like.)
It helps me to start with a grocery list. I’m not one of those stock pile people, who load up on a lot of ‘unnecessary’ things. I only want to spend money on what I need for the week. To each his own.
Once I’ve gotten my list down, I then check out my money savings apps. Want to see my favorites? Checkout this post here! After I’ve browsed through the apps and have marked items that are on my list, I’ll go to this coupon website to get coupons that also match items on my list.
Sometimes you can get lucky and find savings for a product in an app AND a printable coupon. It’s like double savings. For instance: last week I had Nature Valley granola bars on the grocery list. There was an Ibotta for $0.50 back on 2 boxes AND a printable coupon for $1.50 off 2 boxes. Combined I was able to save $2.00 on those items. I get really excited when these ‘money back’ resources overlap!
I don’t spend hours browsing newspapers and making a binder full of coupons. And I don’t save as much money as the people who do those things do. However, I am able to knock off anywhere from $2.00-$10.00 on my weekly shopping trip by using the money savings apps on top of the printable coupons!
Do you have another way to save money while shopping? Comment below!