10 Easy Ways to Save Money on Groceries

Start Maximizing Your Savings at the Supermarket

Using food coupons to save money at the grocery store does not have to be complicated. The following tips are among the most popular for learning quick ways to find the best coupons and knowing how and when to use your coupons to save you the most money.

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Know the Different Types of Grocery Coupons

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There are many different types of coupons, and stores have different policies for how all of the various coupons can be redeemed. By understanding the different types of coupons and the policies for redeeming coupons in most stores, shoppers can save more money. The more involved shoppers become at using coupon strategies to save money at the grocery store, the easier the process becomes.

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Learn How to Do Coupon Match-Ups

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Matching up coupons with store sales, and knowing the stores that accept a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon for the same item, is the way couponers maximize their savings.

With the decline of grocery stores offering to double coupons, matching and stacking coupons is one way to make up for the loss. Not only does coupon matching cut the cost of groceries, but it also helps shoppers save hundreds of dollars on drugstore purchases.

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Grocery Stores That Double Coupons

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Almost any time shoppers can double the face value of a coupon, it results in significant savings. Although there has been a big decline of grocery stores that offer double coupon days, there are still stores out there that do it. Take a look at the list of stores that still double coupons and see if there is a name on the list that has locations near you.

See a store on the list that is in a nearby city? Ask friends to take a ride with you and make it a mini day trip.

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Free Grocery Coupon Sites

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The internet is full of worthless websites with empty promises to save shoppers money. Many times, the websites are designed just as a way for spammers to capture email addresses from unsuspecting shoppers looking for ways to save. To avoid the problem, use this list of reputable websites offering free printable grocery coupons. The websites still require an email address during registration, but members can opt out of receiving email. 

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Spotting Fake Deals in Grocery Stores

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Part of the training for the management positions at grocery stores includes learning how to set up store promotions that look like promotions, but offer no real savings to shoppers.

Common ways to tempt shoppers into buying expensive impulse items includes:

  • Placing items children like near the checkout counters.
  • Setting up areas that may have one reduced item among the several items that are displayed.
  • Appealing to shoppers' moods with seasonal displays.

These are just a few examples. Learning the different strategies used at grocery stores to display "fake" sale items can help shoppers avoid falling for the tricks of the grocery store trade.

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Stackable Discounts

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The practice of stacking discounts has become a popular savings strategy for budget-conscious shoppers. One of the reasons its popularity has grown is because retailers have discovered that it is an excellent way to draw customers into their stores. Learn how to stack coupons and discounts and start maximizing your savings.

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How Using Coupons Can Cost Shoppers Money

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There is a lot of money that can be saved by using coupons, but there are also ways that it can end up costing shoppers more money. Avoid the coupon pitfalls by learning how using coupons could actually increase your spending at the grocery store.

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Grocery Store Flyers — Deal or No Deal?

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When it is time to go grocery shopping, one of the first things frugal-minded shoppers do is check out the grocery store flyers. But just like inside the stores, advertised deals in the circulars are not always money savers. Learn how to read between the lines of the advertised deals.

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How to Find Coupons That You Want

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One way people get burned out when they first start using coupons is because they cannot find coupons for the grocery items that they like or need to buy. Knowing where the coupons you actually want are is the key to success.

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ECoupons, Electronic Coupons, Paperless Coupons

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Things change. Yesteryear, thrifty shoppers relied on cutting paper coupons to save at the grocery store. Today, shoppers have many more options. If you haven't moved on to using eCoupons and mobile coupons and you want to maximize your grocery savings, it is time to it is time to consider jumping into using mobile coupons. It's easier than you might think. In addition, buying groceries online can also help you find deals.