Want the inside scoop on how to save money on your weekly groceries? Jen Morris, Live Life on Less coupon expert, contestant on TLC’s Extreme Couponing All-Stars and mom of five, shares some insightful quick tips on how to help you stretch that grocery budget.
1. Use coupons at the right time
If you’re a discount seeker, you know that timing is everything! A strategic coupon search is an ongoing task, but knowing when to cash in on those coupons is just as important as finding them. Jen says the best time to use a coupon is when an item is on sale. This way, you can combine a coupon with a store deal to maximize your savings.
2. Understand how sales at grocery stores work
If you really want to make a dent in those monthly grocery bills, it’s important to keep yourself updated on key sales at your regular local or big retail stores. Jen says that stores usually choose between 10-12 items each week to put on sale in hopes to catch your eye and get you in the store. So, every three months, you’re bound to find a super discounted price on every type of product. Monitor those deals and use your coupons if you can for even deeper discounts. Sign up for your favorite store’s online newsletter so you’re always in-the-know of upcoming sales too.
3. Check your grocery store’s website for delivery or curbside pickup
In the current climate, curbside pickups and delivery have become a go-to for a lot of shoppers. To maximize your savings, make sure to read the fine print on the coupons to ensure that deals are redeemable for curbside and delivery. If not, consider going into the store if you can safely do so.
Don’t forget, delivery and pickup may have extra charges, so consider if it’s worth the cost before you buy. Ask yourself, will you save more than that cost simply by not wandering the isles? Will they accept digital coupons on your purchase when you check out? Another tip is to read the coupon’s fine print to determine whether a digital coupon can be used multiple times. Not all can be reused, but make sure you don’t miss out on the ones that can be.
4. Use websites to check weekly ads, deals, and online coupons
We’re always looking to make life more affordable for our users but don’t take our word for it. Jen has been a long time user and fan of Flipp, and she wants you to get some great benefits too. Sunday papers are typically where most people will find their coupons. But, Jen does recommend using the Flipp app as another tool to look for local flyers. If you want to browse online, you can also check out Flipp.com.
If there are other areas of your life that you would like to make more affordable, check out the money saving tips section of our blog! or for more couponing and saving tips from Jen, be sure to visit her site, livelifeonless.
Jen Morris’ mission is to help you live your best life while saving money and has been teaching couponing classes for 11 years.