Posts will be light until after July 4th. This is the time of year I take a break from stockpiling and couponing, and I only buy fresh items and anything I’ve miscalculated in my storage. Every month, the major coupon websites post the most coupon links towards the beginning of the month. I check them and print them anyway, because they often have a print limit on the coupons themselves. The majority of the coupons have a 30- to 45-day expiration, with many that might extend past 90 days, so it’s still worth it to check and print the coupons even if you don’t anticipate using them right away.
I print them, cut and file and save them for when I need them, so they’ll be there waiting if something comes up. All sorts of stuff can come up.
- My son is a college student, and although he lives in another town, sometimes I have the opportunity to visit him and shop and re-stock for him, and due to his storage limitations, he can’t stockpile like I do. So I am often starting from scratch every time I shop for him. So, I keep the coupons updated.
- I have a disabled relative who has full-time help, but that I fill in sometimes, so if it’s a day when I do the shopping, I never know at what stage the pantry will be at, so I bring the whole box of coupons and might have to get just about anything.
- Sometimes I arrange goodies and snacks for a business meeting, which isn’t always with a whole lot of notice, and since I usually cook from scratch I don’t keep goodies and snacks in the house, so in those cases I’d have to run out and buy some. Better to get them at a discount.
- There are clearance sections in every store, in which the discounts might be way worthwhile, even better if you can subtract a coupon from the discounted price. So, I keep up with coupons, so I don’t miss opportunities.
Anyway, the pressure is off at times like this, but I always keep track of the coupons in case something comes up.
The major coupon sites that will list an aggregate of manufacturer’s coupons are:
Some stores also use e-coupons, loaded by your loyalty card or using your phone number. Go to the website and sign up, that way you don’t even have to print these coupons, you will automatically have them deducted at the checkout line.
Some stores also have their own printable coupons, or they may take competitors coupons. It’s worth it to print these out to match with the manufacturers coupons for double or better on the discount!
Don’t forget that just by walking in the door at Food Lion and CVS, you can get extra coupons printed at their automated machines. You scan the card in the machine’s reader, and it will print out coupons just for you. Some have very short expiration dates (several of the Food Lion ones are meant to be used that day!) so pay attention, but these may be very useful on your trip.
If you do not already do this, I would recommend trying SavingStar. This is a program separate from coupons, you can shop as you normally shop, with or without coupons, and when you use your store loyalty card, savings are automatically posted to your account and you can claim the money online with Paypal. It won’t change anything about your checkout process.