How to Get the Best Couponing Deals

Posted on October 6th, 2011 by Coupon Cathy

Getting started as a couponer can be overwhelming if you watch extreme couponers on TLC’s Extreme Couponing. I’m not interested in creating a bunker or hoarding the way it appears some treat couponing. However, we all want to stretch our dollars by getting items we need and use for a fraction of the price (or free)! It seems that some of the best deals I’ve seen are at one of the national drug store chains that we don’t have here in my city. It can be frustrating to see a deal I don’t have access to. However, I have gotten to know my local stores so well that I would bet that my family gets some of the best deals possible, especially considering the quality of food we eat, in our area.

Here are a few ways to get the best deals in your area:

Price Comparison

Get familiar with what your local stores charge for the items you buy most frequently. Prices do change periodically. However, in general, I can tell you exactly what my two local grocery stores, Target and Walmart charge for things like coconut milk, coconut oil, oatmeal, organic ground beef, organic or natural chicken, whole grain toast, diapers, toilet paper just to name a few items. That way, when one store offers a discount or coupon, you know whether it’s actually the best deal. And, when you find a coupon, you know where to take it for the best deal.

Store Circular

The store circular is a great starting point to find out what will be on sale in the coming week. It provides a nice overview and allows you to begin getting your coupons organized because, of course, the best way to use a coupon is on a discounted or clearance item, especially if you are able to stack a store coupon along with your manufacturer’s coupon.

Websites (like Thrifty Divas!)

Websites can help highlight some of the best deals for you so that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Take advantage of that. That way, all you have to do is get those coupons in order and cash in on your deals!

Unadvertised Deals and Clearance Items

Your local store may have deals that are not listed in the store circular. Local stores may have an overstock item in one location and not another. So, taking a stroll down the aisles in your favorite stores can help you land some great deals. Our local Kroger has a large bakery, where they often bake more than they sell. What does that mean for us? It means that we buy our toast for a fraction of the price. A loaf of bread that normally sells for about $3 is discounted to approximately $1 when they are clearing their shelves. Also, at many grocery stores, the meat department will reduce the price prepackaged products the day before the “Sell By” date. So, I always keep an eye on the “Sell By” dates on organic and natural poultry and beef and buy it at half price. I can’t remember the last time I purchased chicken or beef at full price. No need!

I coupon because I want our family to maintain a high quality of life, which includes eating as natural, organic and fresh food as is feasible. But, watching out for those discounts is just as vital as looking out for great diaper coupons!

What are some of the best unadvertised deals you’ve found?

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