I haven’t been doing much grocery shopping the last two months. This time of year, I buy a lot of fresh items, and when I fix dinners or side dishes, I make them larger on purpose and freeze the extra. I get the seasonal produce from the local fruit/vegetable stands or flea markets. Our snacks are fruit and vegetables. I’ve still been cutting and collecting coupons in case I need them (lots of reasons – you never know what might come up, best to be prepared!) but I haven’t had a couponing shopping trip in several weeks. Anyway, keep up with the coupons and stay prepared! We are barely denting our pantry because of all the fresh food, so we have a good stock for this coming up year-end when fresh food isn’t as plentiful. I’ll be starting over again with the planning probably by the end of August.
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.