How many ways can you think of to save money at the grocery store? As an experienced retiree and even more experienced shopper, immediately, you come up with several: Use coupons. Shop the weekly specials. Choose a store with less frills and lower prices. Buy generic or store brands. Buy simple and avoid over-processed foods. Not so hard, you say. You are already a thrifty shopper. Chances are that you can refine your skills even further and save a few pennies–or dollars–more.
Be on the alert for products with peel off coupons right on their label. Sometimes you will find cents off coupons to use, or on occasion even buy one product, get another one free. This can go a long way towards stretching your grocery budget.
I can hear you already. I know. I know. I should be using coupons as its free money but I don’t use them because (fill in your favorite excuse). Yes, clipping and cataloging coupons can be a real pain. First, you have to find the coupons you use in your Sunday paper (and let’s not forget you have to pay $2.00+ for that paper). Next you have to clip them just like you did in your second grade art class. Then you somehow have to keep track of all those coupons. What’s the use in having expired coupons or worse having good coupons that you can’t find when you need them?
For food items make out your grocery list first and then check your local paper and online for Coupons that will save you money on the food you are actually going to buy. You can also look for greencouponcodes for your non food items at the same time. This way you will have the coupons you need when you go shopping without being overwhelmed by an overstuffed coupon file.
Grocery coupons are obviously found in grocery magazines or on the shopping receipts from things you purchased. For example when you go shopping next time and get your receipt just turn it over. On the back of it should be coupons for a large assortment of items. However they do have expiration dates. You need to use certain coupons within a certain amount of time or else they expire and are useless slips of paper. So be sure that you always check the date on your coupons before you use them.
Don’t forget about those entertainment coupons either. Always check your local papers and fliers for coupons to amusement parks, the zoo, shows, or any other around town activities. If you just take the time to hunt down coupons on the everyday items that you use and consume, you’ll no doubt soon begin to realize the budget stretching power of the coupon.
Another quick tip for coupons: If you are giving a dollar off on your coupons make it an odd number. Avoid giving $10, 20 or 25 off. You will get better response by giving $17, 22 or 24 dollars off. It will stand out, and grab attention. My personal favorite is $17 dollars off. I have found it gets good action.