The first of the month means most of the companies are releasing new coupons. More coupons come out in the winter months than the summer months, so this is usually the time of year I stock up. Like I’ve mentioned before, there’s only 12 weeks out of the year that I actually spend my weekly budget on food items. That will probably start sometime in October for a streak of about 5 weeks, then stop sometime in November and start up again around January. Watch for great sales on seasonings, baking and holiday preparation items, paper goods, soups, rice, and pasta. You’re going to have less luck with produce and meat now that the growing/grilling season is over, so hopefully you were able to enjoy that while you had it and fill your freezer. If not, watch the butcher’s shelves for marked down meat and buy at the lowest possible price, and check competing stores (maybe even stores you don’t always go to) for the best produce prices.
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 CVS, you can get extra coupons printed at the automated machine. You scan the card in the machine’s reader, and it will print out coupons just for you. Some have very short expiration dates 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.
Proctor & Gamble, who make Scope, Crest, Cover Girl, and other brands, has a page where you can print their coupons directly.
You have to sign up, log in, and they do limit the number you can print per month. It’s a good augment to your list each month though, because they have many items that go on sale and are great to stock up on.
Also, I have a new coupon link to add to my list – Kimberly Clark products, such as Kleenex and Colgate.
On that page, it says if you share the link, you’ll get extra savings. In this particular case, I do not qualify for the extra savings by posting the link. The choices were Facebook, Twitter, and directly emailing them to people. I don’t do Facebook or Twitter at all (and hopefully can avoid them forever for my entire life), and I feel weird about directly emailing people stuff like that, so I’m just posting the link but not getting the “extra” savings. Actually, the coupons themselves are pretty good, so I don’t mind.