Showing posts with label Grocery store coupons. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Grocery store coupons. Show all posts

Monday, May 23, 2016

Couponing Blogs You Should Follow Today

Savvy shoppers have utilized coupons for ages, and it’s easy to get started. Whether you use the printed version or those available through apps, there are coupons for just about any product or service you can imagine. Couponing allows you to enjoy the lifestyle you like at a lower cost. Who doesn’t like to save?


Now there are even couponing blogs that offer advice, money-saving tips, and couponing options. How do you find the best couponing blog for your needs? Check out these ideas:

Determine what type of coupons you primarily use. If you mainly look for coupons related to products and services for kids, there are plenty of mommy couponing blogs to follow. Check out www.topmommyblogs.com for a list of great blogs to follow. These blogs offer great tips on how to save money and feature special offers and advice. If you’re primarily in the market for grocery coupons, check out a site such as www.grocerycouponnetwork.com, which features 50 blogs related to groceries, home goods, travel, and other family-related items.

Establish how much information you are seeking. Many blogs offer much more than just couponing information. Determine how much other information, such as advice, recipes, informative articles, and even DIY ideas, you are looking for before subscribing to a blog.

Be realistic about how much time you have. With so many couponing blogs out there, subscribing to a few will likely save you money at the register. However, what you save in dollars might cost you in time. Assess how much you are getting from each blog and whether the time you spend engaged in the blogs is worth it in the long run.

Assess a blog’s ties to advertisers and offers. Is the blogger presenting a deal simply because it’s a great deal, or is the blogger financially tied to the company in some way? While the offer might still be a great deal, being aware of compensation is an important piece of information to have.

Couponing blogs to check out:
  • www.coupons.com Has local coupons and coupon codes for online purchase. This site allows you to share coupons with family and friends and offers cash-back offers and loyalty coupons.
  • www.truecouponing.com Offers coupons and deals on products for the home, food, and even silver jewelry. I did notice deals for specific stores, not just manufacturer’s coupons, on this site.
  • www.pennypinchinmom.com This mommy blogger worked her family out of debt, and she is determined to help others save money and live debt free. Her tips could help you!
  • www.thekrazycouponlady.com Offers extreme couponing information.

Also, don’t forget to share this blog - blog.familywize.org - with your family and friends. In addition to advice on issues such as health, wellness, and saving money, the Familywize Prescription Discount Card can help you save at the pharmacy.

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Couponing blogs are a great way to learn effective couponing tips, engage in saving money on a regular basis, and have fun in the process. With friendly advice and up-to-date deals and offers, couponing blogs provide more than just money-saving tips for you and your family.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Top 5 Ways to Save at the Grocery Store

According to experts, food costs account for 10-15% of a household’s income. While food costs are a constant and can’t be completely eliminated, there are ways to save at the grocery store. Check out these top ways to save from financial experts:

1. Choose the right store.


Believe it or not, where you shop can have a huge impact on your grocery bill. While you would think basic grocery items would be comparably priced in all stores, that’s often not the case. What can you do? 
  • Comparison shop in a few stores at least once. Determine what store has the overall best prices for your family’s needs and make that your primary grocery store.
  • If time/your schedule allows, consider shopping at different grocery stores for different items based on the best prices. For instance, you might purchase canned goods from one grocery store, while another grocery store has the best prices on meats and dairy products. 

2. Stock up during sales.


Some grocery stores offer periodic sales. This is a great opportunity to stock up on items that have a long shelf life and can be easily stored for future use. If you purchase grocery items such as meats during a sale, you can easily freeze them.

3. Substitute expensive items.


Grocery items like red meat can be costly. Consider substituting less expensive items such as chicken or beans in recipes like tacos or chili to save at the grocery store.

Consider buying generic or store brands. Often, there isn’t much difference in the ingredients in generic or store brand items compared to name brands. Because of the potential cost savings, at least consider generic or store brands during your next trip to the grocery store.

4. Buy larger quantities.


Whether its items like toilet paper and paper towels, or chopped meat and bread, buying larger packages at the grocery store usually results in savings. In addition, you may consider purchasing items at a warehouse club for additional savings.

5. Use the FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card.


If you pick up prescriptions at the grocery store pharmacy, be sure to bring along the FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card. You can download a FREE card on our website, download our free app, or request a card to be mailed to you. Those using the FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card see average savings of 43%!

Additional tips for saving at the grocery store: 


  • Stick to a list. You’re less likely to impulse buy, which can result in overspending.
  • Shop less often. More frequent trips to the store often result in overspending. Plan ahead to alleviate additional trips. 
  • Don’t forget the coupons. Whether you rely on printed coupons you actually bring with you or apps on your smartphone, coupons can still save you money at the grocery store. Check out Consumer Reports for the best apps. 
  • Shop for items such as fruit and produce in season for additional savings. Or, grow your own.
Are you interested in learning more about saving money at the grocery store? Check out the booklet, “30 Ways in 30 Days,” the USDA’s low-cost food plan. Or, refer to books such as “Living a Beautiful Life on Less” by Danielle Wagasky.

Purchases at the grocery store may be one of the higher expenses for a household, but there are ways to save at the grocery store without sacrificing delicious, nutritious meals and a healthy lifestyle.

Live Healthy. Live Smart.
-FamilyWize

Friday, September 7, 2012

Coupon Crazy

When we were kids, my sister and I lived to tag along with my mom to the grocery store.  But we didn't enjoy sneaking treats into the cart or getting a free piece of cheese from the deli like normal kids.  Instead, we loved to swindle the free coupons that teased us from the automatic coupon dispensers.  We would wreak havoc on every aisle, not caring if the coupons were for cereal or hemorrhoid cream!  All of the them were the cat's pajamas.
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All of these coupons are from one Sunday paper!

Flash forward many years later and I'm still hunting for coupons.  Only now I actually use them as one of the simple ways to save money I practice these days.

According to ilovecouponmonth.com, consumers received $4.6 billion in coupon savings last year. That's a lot of savings and lots of coupons printed! I joined the bandwagon last year after I saw this crazy show where people saved hundreds of dollars by using grocery store coupons.

When I started working full time I began buying my own groceries for lunches. I quickly learned that groceries weren't cheap and I realized why my mom gave me dirty looks when she had to throw food out!  I wanted to save money any way possible, so with the help of Happy Money Saver and  Coupon Sherpa, I started with my groceries. 

How Coupons Work

First a little history.  Coca Cola gave out coupons way back in the late 1800's.  John Pemberton, the inventor of the famous soft drink gave out handwritten slips of paper for a free glass. It was a way to market his drink but there wasn't a great turnaround.  After Pemberton's death a very smart business man bought Coca Cola and gave coupons another whirl.  He mailed coupons for a free Coke across the country, handed them out, and even included them in magazines.  His hard work paid off because 8.5 million coupons were claimed between 1894-1913!

You probably wouldn't think this, but coupons are the same as cash.  According to an article How Do Store Coupons Work? on HowStuffWorks.com,
"Once the cashier accepts the coupon, the store has a problem. It now has a small scrap of paper that is worth cash, but in order to get the cash the store has to mail the coupon to the manufacturer. On the back of most coupons in fine print, the manufacturer lists the mailing address and states that it will also reimburse the store some amount of money for processing -- typically 8 cents per coupon.  A coupon is, essentially, free money, and free money is hard to stop. "
"At the end of the day the coupons in each cash drawer are added up as if they were cash.  Then all of the manufacturers' coupons are sent in plastic bags or pouches to the store's corporate headquarters."
The process after that is long and involved but you get the picture.  Coupons are a win-win because companies get their products in the hands of consumers and the stores benefit financially.


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My friend Melissa and I love clipping
 coupons!
Where to get Free Coupons
  • Your Newspaper- I don't know about you, but where I live coupons come wrapped up in the Sunday newspaper like a little gift.  There is always a wide variety of coupons from toothpaste to shampoo.
  • Redplum sticks a coupon circular in my Sunday paper to clip coupons from and you can also check their online site to find free coupons to print out.  There are different categories such as grocery, restaurant, and drug store.
  • RetailMeNot.  Use promo codes for shopping online for your favorite stores.  Promo codes are codes you put in before you check out that allow you to receive a discount.  There are always deals like free shipping on many of my favorite online stores that help me save a couple bucks.
  • Smart Phone- For those who are smart phone savvy, there are apps that download coupons right to your phone.  Pretty easy, huh? It gets better. The coupon on your phone can even be scanned by a cashier!  If you can't decide, here is a list of the top five free iPhone coupon apps and the three best Android coupon apps.
Coupon Clipping Tips 
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    Organize your coupons!
  • Purchase a small accordion folder (one with lots of slots) so you can organize your coupons.  Organize the coupons into categories such as frozen food, dairy and  snacks.  No more shuffling through all of the coupons when you're ready to check out. 
  • If you cut out coupons and decide not to use them, donate them to a church or community center for someone in need. I'm sure whoever uses them will be very grateful! 
If you're looking for easy ways to save money, start clipping coupons.  Remember, if you are trying to save on prescription medications, the FamilyWize discount prescription card is like a reusable coupon. You don't have to clip it each week and you can even download it to your phone! Download it for free today. It's valid at over 60,000 pharmacies nationwide and has helped people save every day. Be sure to share these money saving tips with your friends and share any tips YOU have with US!