Make Coupons Work for You
Melissa Hurst with Saving Cents With Sense wants to cut your grocery bill in half.
1. Grab your Sunday paper to start your coupon stash! Each weekend, there will be between one to five coupon inserts available. Those inserts are usually the Smart Source, Red Plum, and P&G. You may see coupon inserts from some big-name stores, too. Just keep your eye out, and flip through the entire paper to make sure you grabbed everything.
2.Take advantage of online resources.
- Coupons.com—Print only the coupons you want, when you want. The first of the month brings new coupons, so head to the site then for the biggest selection.
- SmartSource.com—More printable coupons are available each week.
- Ibotta smartphone app—Before shopping, choose your favorite products and complete tasks to earn higher-value cash back. Once you buy your products, verify your purchases by uploading a photo of your receipt and bar code, and you earn that cash!
- Upromise.com—This program helps you earn cash back for college by doing things you’re already doing: eating out, filling your gas tank, and shopping. The money you earn from everyday spending and online purchases goes into a college savings account!
- Cellfire.com—This site offers digital coupons for various stores around the country.
3. Know store coupon policies. Many stores will double or triple coupons, take competitors’ coupons, or match prices of other retailers.
4. Shop the stores that offer great sales and will take your coupons, and you’ll maximize your grocery savings!
Melissa’s Top Sites for Saving Money:
- Amazon.com—for literally everything
- 6pm.com—deep discounts on name brand shoes, clothing, and accessories
- Zulily.com—daily deals on everything for kids and for mom, too
- Groupon.com—daily deals on dining, spa experiences, tickets, and much more
- SavingCentsWithSense.net—deals from all over the web compiled for families right at their fingertips
Melissa Hurst is the mom behind SavingCentsWithSense.net.