I want to spend .50 on $90,000 worth of groceries.
January 31, 2011 8:45 PM Subscribe
How do people end up saving 75%+ in groceries by using coupons? Specific questions inside.
posted by KogeLiz to Shopping (19 answers total) 33 users marked this as a favorite
I grew up clipping coupons with my Mom. And I recently started getting into it more than I ever have.
I see that couponing is quite popular now has made its presence known on television and all over the internet. And I see people saying they get $300 worth of groceries for $4.00.
How does this happen?
Here's some examples I have:
1. Tide detergent on sale for $13.99 If I have a coupon for $4.00 off Tide and a store coupon for $1.00 off. Okay. I get $5.00 off. Which still leaves me with $8.99
2. I have three mfg's coupons for .75/2 Blue Diamond Almonds which are usually about $3.49. I can only use one mfg coupon over .50. So... I still pay $2.74 for each one.
3. I see that another store has cereal on sale for $2.99. I use my $1.00 off mfg coupon. I pay $1.99.
4. CVS has Aveeno shampoo on clearance for $1.50. I use my $1.50 coupon. That means I pay nothing.
So, I guess my question is, I use a lot of coupons and save about 30-50% off depending on what I'm shopping for.
But how do these people get these items for next to nothing (sometimes free) with coupon restrictions?
My local Kroger doubles coupons up to .50 and offers coupons - but they are mfg coupons unless it's their generic brands. The same with the other grocery store nearby. I have yet to find a grocery store that doubles more than .50 and rarely see any special "double coupons" days where they double up to a dollar or unlimited. I also rarely see coupons that are under .50 that don't say "Do not double."
In reality, it's usually cheaper to pick up things without coupons at Walmart.
So, are these people just buying items under $2.00? Like canned goods?
Can you give me some specific examples on what I could do to save like the coupon masters out there?
I've tried reading all these coupon sites that have tips - but I guess I'm missing something.