Using Cents-Off Coupons to Get Free Groceries
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Using Cents-Off Coupons to Get Free Groceries

Posted on Thursday, November 13th, 2008 at 12:12 pm
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With a little bit of know-how and a few regular cents-off coupons, you can get some of your groceries for free. I’ll tell you how.

Feeding your family is a top priority that can be made more difficult with rising grocery prices. Fortunately, there are a few strategies that you can use to get some of your groceries for free. Let’s take a look at how those ordinary cents off coupons can get you free groceries.

Using cents-off coupons can almost be as though you were playing poker or bridge. You want to use that coupon at the exact right time to make it work the hardest for you and your grocery budget

The most valuable grocery coupons in my book are those that are anywhere from 75 cents to 99 cents off. I’ll explain a little more about this in a future post. For now, just gather those coupons up and read the following.

For our example, let us say that you have a coupon for 75 cents off of any size toothpaste, and your store normally doubles coupons. If you want something for free, wait to use that cents-off coupon until one or both of the following scenarios occurs:

The couple can be tripled. While most stores do double coupons, some stores only triple on certain days, while others offer triple coupons (to clip and combine with your regular coupons) every so often. Triple is the goal.

In this case, your 75 cents-off coupon is now worth $2.25 or the cost of a medium tube of toothpaste. Free! Or, if you can only double that coupon to $1.50, go for the sample size tube of toothpaste and get that one for free.

The item on the coupon is also on sale at the store.

In this case you can still double your coupon to $1.50. When toothpaste is on sale at 2 for $3 ($1.50 each), you’ll get it for free.

Don’t forget to check out the printable grocery coupons here at FreeCoupons.com!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.