Over the past several years, coupons have fallen out of favor with a segment of consumers. After the advent of “Extreme Couponing”, many found both manufacturers and retailers making coupons more complicated to redeem, and in many cases, of lower value. A lot of families have opted to shop nearly entirely at stores like Aldi or Save-A-Lot, due to needing to save and feeling that coupons are no longer helpful.
However, I'm here to say that, yes, you still can save big cash with coupons!
So if you've departed from the couponing world, come back – your wallet will thank you.
My first piece of advice is to get help! Locating the best deals and keeping an eye on sale cycles on your own each week is a lot of work. SavingsAngel.com has served families across the country for more than ten years as a paid membership site. We charged a nominal fee to support our staff of angels who diligently located the best deals for our members.
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How I find all my favorite deals for TV each week:
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When you are looking to really cut your grocery bill in half, coupons are only part of the equation. To really make a huge difference in what you're spending every month on groceries, you need to match coupons with a good sale – and stock up. Why pay full price 5 weeks from now for something you can get for 60% off today?
Stores place items on sale on a rotating basis, about every 6-12 weeks, depending on the item. Some categories have at least one brand on sale every week, like breakfast cereal. The driving force behind this is the fierce competition of manufacturers to get their products leaving the shelves and hitting the checkout lanes. Manufacturers pay big bucks to have their items featured both in prominent shelf locations and in the sale circulars. Use this cycle to your wallet's advantage by stocking up when prices are lowest. Get enough to get you through until another good sale should be starting. Again… SavingsAngel will track all this for you… for freeeeeeee!
If you're not printing coupons available online – you should be. The values tend to close to, if not sometimes better than, paper coupons and the method is very easy. I recommend using Swagbucks.com to print because you get both the face value of the coupon, and Swagbucks towards free gift cards when you redeem the coupons.
Although the values of online printable coupons can be slightly higher, don't neglect to get newspaper coupons. To save the most cash, you need those too. That's because the coupon inserts can have a lot of offers from companies that still only distribute coupons through this traditional channel, despite other modern options. You won't find them any other way and, thus, will be missing out.
If you're getting theSunday paper but you're not seeing a large number of paper coupons that are actually available, the reason is simple. You're buying the wrong paper. The sad truth is that the volume of coupons available in the Sunday paper is directly related to the volume of readership and distribution. Smaller paper, smaller coupon insert. To fix this, start getting the largest paper you can for your area. You'll instantly see a difference in the number of coupons and thickness of the Sunday inserts.
Unfortunately, the promise has yet to materialize that easy-to-redeem mobile coupons would one day surpass printable and paper coupons. Numerous companies with software technology intended to make redeeming coupons as “easy as scanning your phone” have disappeared due to the sheer complexity of delivering on such a promise. That said, there are big savings to be had with the current forms of mobile coupons, the ones attached to your mobile phone number or your loyalty card. Both the value and the quantity of them are increasing as more and more stores are making them easier and more available.MPerks by Meijer, Yes Rewards by the Family Fare' brand of stores, and digital offers for Kroger are three excellent programs that offer good savings.
Josh Elledge Consumer Savings Expert and Founder/Chief Executive Angel, SavingsAngel.com®
Josh Elledge is on a mission to help Americans save money and time so they can give. He is Founder and Chief Executive Angel of SavingsAngel.com®, which was created to bolster the buying power of the average U.S. family by combining technology, coupons and smart thinking for extreme savings on household consumables and everyday items.
Through his work with SavingsAngel.com, Elledge has emerged as one of the nation's leading experts on consumer savings appearing in the media more than 2,000 times!