Friday, April 6, 2012

Half Price

The most important part of saving BIG on groceries, is maintaining a half price attitude. Half is a good goal for any shopper. Novice or experienced so long as you’re saving 50% at a minimum you’ll find dollars left in your account. When you are a new coupon shoppers it’s easy to get excited over saving $20 or $50 in a transaction. But the real savings occurs when you save 50% or more on all your purchases for a week or a month.

 It’s actually harder to keep your average percentage up than to save $1000. We all get the big scores. The cases of salad dressing you get for free, or the shampoo that costs a mere quarter. Yet, in the very same week, we’ll have a transaction for $75 for our regular weekly groceries.

This week, take a few minutes to review your regular grocery items. Bread, milk, Cheese, meats, and produce. You can save 50% or more on these items over the next 26 weeks. Here’s how:

  1. Set a budget for your weekly consumables. Those items you buy only fresh. Don’t make excuses for the one that is difficult to save. 
  2.  Decide if you can stockpile any of the items. For example, Bread. You could buy multiple loaves of bread and freeze them if you had a hot price and coupon. Or, can you use produce keepers to extend your fresh produce life to 10 days instead of 6.
  3.  Search for coupons that match the items on your regular consumables list. I buy Salad fixins. So I searched for coupons online for Produce, Salad, or Lettuce. I found several. 
  4.  Stock coupons for the items that are on the list. I didn’t just pick up 2 Bagged Salad coupons, but 13. That would be enough to help me save for my 26 week plan. 

Look for rebates that match these consumables. Cheese is a favorite I can freeze. I found a $15 Cheese rebate. Now I will do a separate transaction for just my Cheese so I can save the most, and get a rebate too. Always look for Milk deals. Search cereal company offers that will help you save on dairy. Many coupons will allow any dairy savings with the purchase of their item. After you’ve taken these steps and can easily see your 50% savings. Challenge yourself. Move your goal up to 60%.

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Lynn’s Coupons and Refunding Service Put COUNTY MARKET FREE SHIPPING in check out for free shipping on your first order. This offer must be for a purchase greater than $5, and can not be combined with any other offer. She provides newspaper, non newspaper, coupons and rebate forms.
Kuntry Klippers This service specializes in newspaper coupons. Their fees vary but are between 10% and 15% of face value. They also run specials on products. They ship a bit slower, allow for 3-4 days in Illinois. All coupons are sold in sets of 20 like coupons. County Market shoppers also get Free Shipping with “First Time County Market” in check out box.

Coupons by Dede This site sells full inserts, and clipped coupons. All of these coupons are newspaper coupons. The price is generally 15% of the face value of the coupon. You can buy 1 coupon, or 100 coupons. Shipping from this site is fairly fast. Very reliable service. She will run “Specials” on coupons when they get within 10 days of expiration.

The Coupon Clippers is the largest clipping service in the country. They provide newspaper, non newspaper, coupons and rebate forms. They have good service, and a large selection. Being the largest, the hottest coupons disappear fast. However, they do get LOTS of coupons.

The Coupon Master has a mix of newspaper and non newspaper coupons. They ship quickly. Their handling fees are 10%-12% of face value. Shipping is quick, usually arrives in 3 days. They do carry rebate forms on the site.

All internet coupon print limits are subjective. At the time of this email coupons were available for print. If the daily or weekly print limit has been reached, the coupon will be automatically pulled from the websites. You can try to print again tomorrow. All coupons listed are not available in our stores. We list them so you can order or find them to save you money. Check with clipping services, trade boards, or ebay to find coupons not in your store. It is our intent to help you find as many savings opportunities as possible. Enjoy!