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How to Save the Most Money With Coupons

January 3rd, 2013 Personal Finance

You probably use coupons every now and then, but if you look for coupons every week before you go grocery shopping and plan your meals accordingly, you could save hundreds of dollars a year on groceries.

Be flexible about where you shop when you structure shopping around coupons. You may not find what you need at the grocery store you usually go to, but another local store could have the item you want at a discounted price. The same goes for brands. Buy the brand that's on sale rather than the one you're familiar with. Most likely, you won't be sacrificing quality.

Buy the Sunday newspaper, which has numerous grocery store coupons inside, every week. You can buy multiple copies of the paper to get multiple coupons. It could help to go online to your local grocery store's website to see if printable or electronic coupons are available.

Use your grocery coupons to plan out which meals you're going to make for the week. Make a list and bring it with you to the store, to ensure that you get everything you need without any extra purchases. Your budget will thank you.

When items that you buy frequently are on sale, stock up on them. Aim to buy enough to get you through until they're on sale again.

Make sure you understand how your grocery store's coupons and discount programs work. Sometimes you can combine offers to get the lowest possible prices. If the store allows you to use more than one coupon, you could stock up on something that's "buy one, get one free."