The average family of four spends about $180 a week on groceries. This can take a big chunk out of the monthly budget before paying other bills.
I would love to say that using coupons can save you big money, but now that most stores are not doubling coupons and there's a smaller timeline on when the coupons expire, it is getting harder to save money that way.
Here's a short course on changing some of your shopping habits whether you use coupons or not.
Newspaper coupons appear on Sundays except on holiday weekends. Check out the paper and if you find some great coupons, think about buying another paper.
Printable coupons are available on coupons.com, and they change weekly. You are allowed to print two coupons per computer. Some Facebook sites offer coupons and often they are high value because manufacturers really want you to try their product. Always check the websites of the stores in your area. Dollar General, Target, CVS, Rite Aid and Kroger often offer coupons. And remember that many stores accept a store coupon plus a manufacturer coupon for one item.
Mobile coupons are available with programs and apps like Ibotta, Checkout51, Cartwheel and Shopmium. Download these coupons to your phone and redeem cash back savings after you've purchased a product.
eCoupons are coupons that are loaded on store loyalty cards or phones. Several stores like Kroger, Meijer, CVS and Rite Aid have these coupons, but you can't use a paper coupon with a digital coupon.
At Target you can text a code to get additional coupons loaded to your phone to scan at checkout. Text the word COUPONS to 827438 to join Target's mobile program.
Catalinas are coupons that are printed at the register at participating stores when you purchase select participating items.
Peelies are the coupons that you find on the product packaging. Blinkies are Smart Source coupons found in the electronic coupon dispenser located on the store shelf. If you pay close attention, you will probably notice that many times items will not be on sale when there is a blinkie coupon. A smart couponer will use this coupon when the item goes on sale.
Other savingsSnap a photo of your receipt and send it by text message or email