Joanie Demer and Heather Wheeler, founders of The Krazy Coupon Lady, claim they bought $800 in groceries for $100 in their first week clipping coupons. “By using multiple coupons, stacking sales with coupons, and stocking up when we could get a deal, we’ve cut our grocery bills in half,” Demer said.
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While housebound due to a newborn baby, a one-year-old, and a mother with Alzheimer’s, stay at home mom Jamie Chase cut coupons to offset the higher prices of home delivery. "During one holiday season, I saved close to $1,000 in just over a week—on items I already intended to buy," she said.
Now she shares her wisdom in her book, The Lazy Couponer. Read on for her easy, time-saving ways to cut your grocery bill.
"Keep the inserts together by date. When it is time to head out to shop, take a moment to cut out the coupons you want. Not only is this method time-saving, but you’ll be less likely to lose coupons, or forget to use them because they’ll be fresh in your mind."
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Tip 4: But Don't Stockpile
"Most products go on sale every 6-12 weeks, so get what you need when you have a matching coupon. If you miss a sale, wait to buy your product when the sale comes back around. Couponing should be easy and save you money, and stockpiling is not part of that equation."
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A hefty grocery bill led Laurin Mills to set a $100 per week budget to feed her family of five. But she didn’t want to stock up on processed foods. “Buying a product you do not plan to use, even if you get it for half its price, is still a waste of money,” she said.
By planning her meals, and then searching for coupons for products she’d already had on her list, she saved over $40 per week. Now she is the founder of The Daily Dinner, a web site that offers weeknight meal planning based on specials at several New England based grocery stores.
"Write out your shopping list for the week, and then compare your list to what coupons you have on file. Don't buy a product just because you have a coupon for it—that just results in overspending, not savings."
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Jill Balis, mother of young twins and Senior Vice President of Marketing for RetailMeNot, shops mostly online. “It’s easy to find coupons, compare prices and go for the best deal,” she said. Recently she saved $70 in one purchase at Gap Baby.
Here are her tips on how to save and find online deals.
"Use Google Product, Price Grabber or NexTag to find the lowest price, but don’t assume you've found the best deal. Another store may sell the item for a dollar more, but offer free shipping or a coupon code, so visit a coupon aggregator site such as RetailMeNot as well."