It is no secret that grocery coupons can save a household several hundred dollars a year. There are, however, some secrets when it comes to finding those grocery coupons. Below is a list of the top 10 places you can go to obtain grocery coupons to trim your monthly food budget.
1. The Sunday Newspaper: Ok, I admit this is obvious, but it has to be included. A large number of coupons are shoved in between the pages of the Sunday newspaper each week. If you don’t get a Sunday paper, find someone who does that isn’t interested in the coupon section.
2. The Grocery Store Receipt: One of my local grocery stores actually prints coupons on the back of the receipt. Another prints out the coupons separately, but hands them to me along with the actual receipt. These coupons can often be combined with manufacture coupons to save even more money.
3. Inside Food Boxes: I can’t count how many times I almost threw away a box of cereal, or granola bars only to discover that there was a coupon on the inside of the box. Don’t forget to check before tossing the boxes out with the trash.
4. eBay: Many individuals, much like myself, believe that every penny counts. These people place their unwanted coupons up for sale on auction sites. I once got over 100 coupons for $1 plus shipping. With most stores doubling their coupons, this was a savings of about $150 over the course of time.
5. MyPoints: MyPoints not only provides you with coupons that you can print out, but they also give you 10 points for each coupon that you redeem. You can use those points to purchase free gift cards later on.
6. Coupon Co-op: I don’t have a coupon co-op in my area, but I have heard of several that exist. There is a lady in my church that knows I use coupons on a regular basis, so she brings me clipped coupons every Sunday.
7. Through the Companies Themselves: I have received coupons from various companies two different ways. First, I call up the toll free number on the back of the products I buy on a regular basis and request coupons. Most companies will mail you some coupons. Second, I sign-up with the company online. Often times, the company will email me with coupons to try new products.
8. Wal-Mart: Wal-Mart’s website has a section for free samples, as well as coupons that you can print out to use at your local grocery store. Just look under the “In Stores Now” heading.
9. Magazines: Magazines usually contain coupons to products that compliment the magazine. For example, a baby magazine would have coupons for baby wipes or formula, while a magazine for cookie recipes would have coupons for chocolate bars or food coloring. Again, you can let your friends know that you are interested in their magazines when they are done with them, and then just clip the coupons out of it.
10. Facebook: Crazy as it sounds, many companies are now using Facebook to get the word out about their products. They have deals that include issuing coupons in exchange for “liking” their company on Facebook.