When you’re clipping coupons, do you find yourself saying, “why bother…it’s only 50¢?” The Budget Diet girl says treat that little coupon with respect because 50¢ can add up to BIG SAVINGS if you use it when the item is on sale. In the world of frugal living, this is know as coupon matching!
Take a look at a few of my recent coupon matching bargains…
- Totinos Pizza Rolls, 15 count
- Original Price: $1.99
- Sale Price: 99¢
- Coupon: 35¢ (coupon is tripled)
- Final Price: FREE
- Sunny D Drink, 64 oz.
- Original Price: $1.79
- Sale Price: 99¢
- Coupon: 25¢ (coupon is tripled)
- Final Price: 24¢
- Quaker Instant Oatmeal, 8 – 10 count
- Original Price: $3.79
- Sale Price: $1.79
- Coupon: $1.00
- Final Price: 77¢
- General Mills Cheerios
- Original Price: $3.49
- Sale Price: $1.49
- Coupon: $1.00/2
- Final Price: 99¢
Did you know that the average American family spends $10,000 a year on groceries? If you get serious about coupon matching, you can easily cut that number by about $3000 year! WOW…that little 50¢ coupon is looking better and better! Here’s a simple 3 -step plan to help you save money on groceries:
- Plan Your Meals – plan your meals and make your list based on the grocery sale ads, and the food you have on hand. If chicken breasts are on sale, this is the week to serve grilled chicken or a chicken casserole. If you have a freezer full of ground beef…get cooking!
- Try Coupon Matching – this is where you’ll find serious savings! The good news is there are websites and blogs that will actually do the coupon matching for you! I’m a fan of The Grocery Game, Inc.– they let you know what’s on sale and where to find the coupon!
- Buy Store Brands – if you need an item, and it’s not on your coupon matching list…opt for the store brand instead. Let’s suppose that Cheerios are not on sale, but you still buy them because you have a coupon that’s expiring for $1.00 off 2 boxes. Your final price per box is $2.99, but the store brand Cheerios are always just $1.99! On average, store brands save you about 25%, and most stores offer a moneyback guarantee if you don’t think their brand is as good as the national brand.
Using coupons is kind of like the Kenny Roger’s song…”you’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run!”
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