When you're just getting started with grocery coupons, you probably turn to the Sunday newspaper first. That's a great place to start, but there are many other opportunities to find grocery coupons once you know where to look:
- National magazines such as Woman's Day, Good Housekeeping, All You (sold at Walmart), Parents, etc. often have coupons printed on their pages as well as pull-out booklets.
- You'll see tearpads on store displays. Sometimes it's worthwhile to take a coupon but use it at another store when the price on the product is lower/on sale.
- There are also red “Blinkie” machines in some grocery aisles; again, hold onto these coupons to use them when an item is at its lowest price.
- While at the grocery store, keep an eye out for “peelies” attached to the front of packaged products (they're often yellow or green stickers). They're meant to be used on that immediate purchase, so please do not take them if you are not purchasing the product.
- Coupon-specific sites allow you to print two coupons per computer: Coupons.com, SmartSource.com and RedPlum.com.
- Grocery store chain websites may have printable coupons; at Safeway.com you can print coupons for Safeway's deli, produce and floral departments along with the Coupons.com offerings.
- Product websites (Mission Tortillas, Honey Bunches of Oats, Dove, Johnson's, etc.) offer coupons. Just Google any products to which you are brand-loyal.
- Manufacturer's websites (Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, etc.) often change their printable coupon offerings monthly.
- Sign up for email/newsletters for products you purchase often, like Pampers and Huggies. You'll get higher-value coupons through the mail than you can get in the Sunday paper. This works for food products as well; just check the websites of your favorite products.
- Word-of-mouth marketing sites like BzzAgent and Vocalpoint will mail you free samples and coupons in exchange for your opinions about the products.
Once you start couponing, you'll start seeing them everywhere! As you start collecting coupons, you'll have to work through the best organization system for you. What challenges have you had with collecting or finding coupons? What would help improve your use of coupons so you can save more money on groceries?