Most people think that coupons are for tightwads and that they don’t save that much money. Well, on a recent shopping trip, every single member of my coupon club saved half –off their grocery bill. This isn’t just a onetime fluke, either. Here are some examples of our savings:
- 5 bottles of Purell Hand Sanitizer for free.
- 3 boxes of Duncan Hines Brownie mix for 45 cents a box.
- Suave shampoo for 50 cents a bottle.
- 1 package of Healthy Ones lunchmeat for free.
By now you should be saying, “Wow! I want to join a coupon club and get savings like that!” Great! Let’s get started.
Starting Your Own Coupon Club
First, you have to have a club, right? Chances are you already have one. You already have friends, co-workers, and family. In fact, three or four people are all you need to enjoy the benefits of a coupon club. Why do you need other people to get great savings? For one, newspaper subscriptions are expensive. Several people subscribing to different Sunday papers (the best place to find coupons) spread the costs out. Also, when there are several people on the lookout for coupons you have more to go around. You can swap coupons that you won’t use with ones you would use. Sharing coupons is a great way to maximize your savings.
Where to Find Coupons
Where to find coupons? My club, the Clip & Save, finds coupons in free sales papers that the stores give out (these coupons can be combined with other coupons on the same item), Sunday papers, restaurant fliers, survey clubs, and several plucky members even get coupons through the internet. Some good websites to find coupons on are manufacturer’s websites, like Dove.com or Bettycrocker.com, and the Print Coupons site and ValuPack.
How to Maximize Grocery Savings
Our fearless leader, Jeania Watson, is a diehard coupon addict. She has taught everyone in the Clip & Save all of her tricks for saving big, and now it’s your turn to learn her secrets.
Her first rule is to clip every coupon, even if you don’t think you will use it. You can always trade coupons with other people, but many times you can find the coupon will make the item cheaper than even generic items, or will make the item free. Don’t you want free stuff? Of course you do! Here is one example of how the club used a coupon to get free stuff:
We went to a store that triples coupons under 50 cents. This means that if you have a coupon that is marked as 50 cents or less the store will triple the value of the coupon. Store ads will usually tell if they triple, double, or single their coupons on the last page of their fliers.
We then looked at the sale’s paper to see what was on sale that we had coupons for. Also, we kept an eye out for unadvertised sales. (These are usually marked with bright colored tags.) One thing we found was Hunts Fire Roasted Tomatoes on sale for 75 cents.
We found our coupons for this item. The coupon was for 25 cents off of one can.
Since the store will triple the value of the coupon, the savings was actually 75 cents, which was the price of the tomatoes so we got it free.
I had five coupons that friends in the club had given me, so I wanted five cans. The store only allows you to triple coupons on three identical items so I got Watson to check out the other cans for me. I got all five for free!
See? I normally wouldn’t have bought that item because I buy generic to save money. But I saved the coupon anyway and stocked up on a great deal! You can’t get any better than that.
The number one lesson the Clip & Save has learned is that finding savings with coupons takes work, but it’s worth it. I hope you are inspired to start your own club and start saving.