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Savings Secrets: How to start using coupons at the grocery store

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 7:12AM Monday September 10, 2012
under Money Saving Tips

When you're just starting to coupon, it can be very overwhelming. This is especially true if you have really high expectations for walking away saving 99.9% on your grocery bill. First things first - saving money with coupons is a learning process. Changing your spending and buying habits takes time. With that being said, it's pretty easy to start saving at least 50% or more within a couple of weeks. Here's how to get started.

1. First and foremost, it's best to jumpstart your couponing journey by going to a Grocery Couponing Workshop in your area. This will not only allow you to get a good basic knowledge of how couponing works, but will also connect you with fellow couponers and a blogger in your area that can be your support system. 
2. Initially you should reduce your spending by watching the sales cycles. This gets you saving anywhere from 30-50% fairly quickly. Once you've done this, it's time to add in the coupons.

3. Next you can look for printable grocery coupons to use with your sale items that you plan to buy this week. Start with finding just five coupons you can use, and that's it (later you can do more). Some great sources for grocery coupons: DealPro blogs (they actually have searchable coupon databases!), Facebook, Brand Websites and more. 

4. Start buying 1-2 Sunday papers a week that contain the weekly coupon inserts. You'll want to have a good system of organization. Here are some tips for organizing your coupons.  

5. Pair insert coupons with items that are on sale. It may take a few weeks for you to have a good stash of coupons to pull from with your coupon inserts, and this is the biggest reason why it takes a while to really start to see those high percentages of savings. 

6. Start looking for coupons in other places. Peelies, tearpads and blinkies can be found all over grocery just have to look for them. 

Taking these small steps to make changes are what will help you drastically cut your grocery bill and provide for your family.

What are some of your tips for those that are just starting to use coupons? Any words of wisdom to impart?