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Posts from the ‘Grocery Savings’ Category

7
Dec

Where to Find Online Coupons

Earlier this month I explained how to find money-saving coupons from the Sunday newspaper circulars. In this post I’ll tell you what I found out about where to find printable coupons. 

There are dozens and dozens of printable coupon sites but they are almost all an embedded form of Coupons.com.  The problem with this site, and others like it, is that using it is just as time-consuming as clipping coupons on Sunday afternoons.  You can filter the list by category but still you have to page through screen after screen of grocery coupons, mixed with other types of coupons, to find the ones for items you normally buy.

Now I’m sure there are many shoppers who base their grocery list on currently available coupons but I am more interested in finding coupons for items I regularly buy. And that led me to THIS site that will also save TIME!  A searchable coupon database that will tell me WHERE the coupons are!!  This site sells access to this database to other bloggers so you will most likely see it again too but I believe this one to be the original.

You can search on brand, such as Duke’s, or any part of the product description, such as “mayo.” This is a REALLY cool tool! But still…  it’s all a little time-consuming.

4
Dec

Coupon Newspaper Insert Schedule 2011

In my last post regarding “couponing,” I listed which printed grocery coupons are included as inserts in the major Triad newspapers and a link so you can find which circulars or inserts your newspaper carries (whever you are). Here’s the schedule for when the different inserts are included.

January

2— (2) Smart Source (2) Red Plum and General Mill
9— Smart Source and Red Plum
16 — Smart Source, Red Plum and Proctor & Gamble
23 — Smart Source and Red Plum
30 — Smart Source and Red Plum

February

6 — Smart Source
13 — No Inserts scheduled (Valentine’s Day)
20 — Smart Source, General Mills and Procter & Gamble
27 — Smart Source and Red Plum

March

6— Smart Source, Red Plum and Procter & Gamble
13 — Smart Source and Red Plum
20 — Smart Source and Red Plum
27 — (2) Smart Source, Red Plum and Procter & Gamble

April

3— No Inserts scheduled (Easter)
10 — Smart Source and Red Plum
17 — Smart Source and Red Plum
24 — Smart Source and Red Plum

May

1 — Smart Source, Red Plum and Procter & Gamble
8— Smart Source and Red Plum
15 — (2) Smart Source and Red Plum
22 — Smart Source and Red Plum
29 — No Inserts scheduled (Memorial Day)

June

5 — Smart Source, Red Plum and Procter & Gamble
12 — Smart Source
19 — Smart Source and Red Plum
26 — Smart Source and Red Plum

July

3 — No Inserts scheduled (Independence Day)
10 — Smart Source and Red Plum
17 — Smart Source
24 — Smart Source and Red Plum
31 — Smart Source, Red Plum and Procter & Gamble

August

7 — Smart Source and Red Plum
14 — Smart Source and Red Plum
21 — Smart Source and Red Plum
28 — Smart Source, Red Plum and Procter & Gamble

September

4 — No Inserts scheduled (Labor Day)
11 — Smart Source and (2) Red Plum
18 — Smart Source and Red Plum
25 — Smart Source and Red Plum

October

2 — Smart Source, Red Plum and Procter & Gamble
9 — Smart Source and Red Plum
16 — Smart Source and Red Plum
23 — Smart Source and Red Plum
30 — Smart Source and Red Plum

November

6 — Smart Source, Red Plum and Procter & Gamble
13 — Smart Source and Red Plum
20 — Smart Source and Red Plum
27 — No Inserts scheduled (Thanksgiving)

December

4 — Smart Source, Red Plum and Procter & Gamble
11 — Smart Source and Red Plum
18 — No Inserts scheduled (Christmas)
25 — Procter & Gamble

In my next post we’ll look at how you can save money with online printable coupons.

3
Dec

Newspaper Coupon Inserts – What is a Red Plum?

In my last post, I explained that the first step in maximizing your use of grocery coupons is to find a source for coupons that are printed in the Sunday paper. Here’s the results of my research. The manufacturer grocery coupons in your Sunday paper generally come from 4 sources:

  • Red Plum (RP)
  • Smart Source (SS)
  • Proctor and Gamble (P&G)
  • General Mills (GM)

RP and SS have coupons from a myriad of manufacturers. P&G and General Mills, of course, only include their own coupons. P&G and GM coupons are only available from the printed inserts.  Red Plum and Smart Source, on the other hand, also provide printable online coupons, some of which are different than those in the printed insert. 

I wanted to make sure I was getting all the printed inserts I could so I did some research on Triad newspapers and which inserts are carried in their Sunday editions. I couldn’t find which ones carry the General Mills Everday Saver insert but here are the others.

These newspapers carry Red Plum, Smart Source, and P&G coupon inserts

  • Winston-Salem Journal
  • Greensboro News and Record
  • Lexington Dispatch – Note: This paper doesn’t run on Sunday. Coupons come in Saturday’s paper which is only 50 cents, even with coupons.

These newspapers carry only Red Plum and Smart Source (no P&G coupon inserts)

  • Burlington Times
  • Charlotte Observer

Hope this helps you find your printed coupons.  Not local to the Triad?  Here’s a link where you can find the newspapers in your area that carry these inserts. In my next post we’ll look at places to find printable online coupons – another way to save money on groceries!

2
Dec

Learning to Use Grocery Coupons

Wow! I just want to save some money on my groceries! I had no idea “couponing” was such a science!! And, apparently, I’m not the only one with a renewed interest in using coupons. 

Nielsen research indicates affluent consumers (those who make $70k or more annually) use coupons more frequently than the average U.S. household. In early 2010, Inmar (the coupon clearing house) reported that annual coupon use is on the rise for the first time since 1992 and coupon distribution hit the highest level recorded since the company began tracking trends in 1988.  The increase in redemption, of course, is paired with an increase in distribution. Despite the tight economy, marketers have provided more coupons to the highest level in over 30 years.   

The web is absolutely COVERED with websites and blogs dedicated to maximizing the use of coupons and people are forming couponing clubs that meet in homes of the members with the purpose of exchanging and “collecting” coupons for routinely purchased items.  By researching these sites, the following seems to be the basic method for making the best use of coupons and grocery specials.

  1. Subscribe to newspapers and keep the coupon inserts (don’t clip) and mark them with the date
  2. Each week, go to one of the “coupon matching” sites such as Southern Savers and look for spcials at your grocery store that match coupons (they tell you which insert or whether they are online coupons)
  3. Click to get the online coupons and go to your saved circulars and clip just the coupons you need
  4. Go shopping with your list of specials and your coupons

Although this method does seem less time-consuming than spending all of a Sunday afternoon clipping coupons and holding up the grocery line searching for that one coupon in your stack, it still seems like a LOT OF TIME AND WORK to save a few dollars.  BUT, at this point, a dollar saved is a dollar earned that I can pay on my debts so I am at least going to try and give it a shot!!

Step One – Subscribe to Sunday newspapers to get printed coupons… more about that later.