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How I plan Tops Markets Dollar Doubler Shopping Trips & save hundreds! Coupon Education / Couponing at Tops Markets and Best Deals / Coupons / How To Coupon

Tops Dollar Doubler shopping trips

Here is how I plan my Tops Dollar Doubler Shopping Trips and other combo transaction trips

I wanted to share how I prepare for a multiple transaction trips to Tops where there is a minimum spend needed or  . This same method can be used for any store combo purchases or for Tops Dollar Doubler, Instant Savings combos or Gas Point Savings Combos.

Make Your Shopping List

Visit the Tops Coupon Matchups Page and use the printable list that we offer in our match-ups. Check off the items planning to buy and then print it. When you check an item a box comes up in the bottom right of your screen to show your list and print or email your list. By doing this you can have the items in front of you that are in Gas points boxes, combo transactions etc and mix and match your items to spend as litlle out of pocket as possible.

Pull Your Coupons

Then I pull my coupons from my dated file folders from newspaper inserts, cut them out or I print the ones I need and put them with the proper list. I also have a folder of printed coupons that I printed the previous week in atnticpation for the upcoming weeks sale.

Figuring Combo Transactions

Many stores have combo transactions such as Spend $30 get $10 off Catalina coupon, Tops has Gas Point combos where you need to buy 6, and of course the wonderful Dollar Doubler Weeks!  Using the lists you printed will hel you figure these combinations out much easier. Dollar doubler weeks can get really confusing! Here are my goals on Dollar Doubler weeks

  1. combine transactions to have the least aomunt of cash paid at register (out of pocket)
  2. combine dollar doublers with Gas Point Box earnings to get the maximum savings (only 4 Dollar Doublers can be used per transaction of $20 minimum)
  3. shop early in the week to avoid empty shelves. Even then you may want to figure your combo transactions with a few extra items that yu have coupons for becuase some items sell out quickly. there is nothing more aggravating than putting these transactions together and then not being able to maximize your savings becuase one of the Gas Points items y were going to by is sold out

Even when it isn’t $1 Doubler week, I still like to break out the transactions so I can watch to make sure I am getting the proper Gas points or Instant savings. You can use this method also at the drugstores when you do multiple or combo transactions using your ECBs, Plenti Points or Register rewards points

 

At Tops, I usually have one large transaction at the end which will also include the items I need for the week such as produce, meats and misc items with coupons.

In this instance I broke them out into 5 transactions and then combined the 4th one with the large end transaction because I did not have Dollar doublers in the last transaction.
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Make Notes

I make any notes right on the list. In the picture below the transaction only had 3 Tops $1 doublers in it so I added 2 Dutch noodles and another $1 Doubler. I have items underlined in transaction that I am buying. If I have to adjust the scenario I put on the site then I underline items I am getting from the scenario and hand write the different item
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Separate Transactions into Envelopes

Then I use the envelopes I save from bills etc (that would get thrown out) to put my coupons and list in. I staple the envelope right to the list (behind it). Then I do not have coupons falling all over and I can read my list right in my cart. If I have 5 transactions, I will usually do 3 in one trip, tke those to the car and then come back in and do the last 2. Its just easier than doing all 5 transactions in  my opinion
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Your Cart at the Store

I put the items in my cart by transaction as I am shopping so I am referring to my lists often which is why I put the coupons in an envelope. I use recyclable grocery bags right inside the cart to keep my transactions separate. There are some new Reusable Grocery bags here that will make this even an easier way to shop.! When I am done with a transaction, I put the envelope that is stapled to that list right into the bag.

At Checkout

When I am in the checkout line, it is easiest to put the smallest transactions first, use the dividers between each transaction, AND put your list with coupons right on the items. I put them between items so they do not fall over etc. This way you can have all ready and waiting for cashier. Also this method allows you to make sure you do not forget to give coupons to cashier!! It is very easy to get flustered in line with all going on. This also allows for you to get all on the conveyor so you can watch the cashier scan your coupons so none are missed.

Other things to keep in Mind

I keep my store loyalty cards all on my smartphone using Card Star– a free app and I always use a debit or credit card. So both are in my hand ready for next transaction. This avoids any fumbling for store card or money and allows you to look at your receipts to do a quick look over while still watching further transactions being scanned.

It may take me an hour to prepare for a multiple transaction trip but it is well worth it. The line moves much quicker, you will not feel flustered or unorganized and I actually had all in my cart and through checkout within 45 minutes.

I hope this helps! Some may think it is all too much but doing this saves me thousands of dollars per year.  I would have spent an hour in the store shopping without a list or coupons. So for the extra 45 minutes it is well worth my time 🙂

There are many ways to coupon and by no means is this the only way people are doing it. This has just become habit for me and it is the least time consuming for me.
Adjust this method to be comfortable for you. We also had a reader share a downloadable spreadsheet so you can make your own lists. You can access Erins Dollar Doubler Spreadsheet here

Use this as a guideline: print our matchups, adjust items you need or want to stock up on your list (our Smartphone app by Favado list does have a spot to type in items you need also), pull or print your coupons and go the store to save!

 

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More than 30 Direct Linked Zip Code coupons for you to print & How to Change the Zipcode in Coupons.com Coupon Database / Coupon Education / Coupons / How To Coupon

 how to change the zipcode in coupons.com

Here is an entire list of Zip Code coupons to print and how to change the zipcode in Coupons.com:

Coupons.com has done it again!! They have removed the ability to change the zip code to see different area coupons. BUT don’t worry!! I have been blogging for 7 years and thankfully remember the way it had to be done years ago 🙂

So we will still be able to provide direct linked zip code coupons so you WILL NOT  have to go into your profile each time to change a zip code (more on that below). Please note…our Coupon Database and matchups will have a conversion period until the links are fixed so that may take a week so please be patient until we can get all recoded correctly! Please note…we are near the end of the month and these can disappear quickly so print NOW

I have compiled a list of direct linked zip code coupons below. If you need help with other zip code linked coupons in the meantime, please join my facebook group here and tag me (Denise Iannarelli Caggiano) with the coupon you are trying to print and I will get you a direct link!

Zipcode 77477

simply potatoes

 

$0.55/1 Simply Potatoes with Diced Onion (Zip Code 77477); Includes 20 oz Only
$3.00/1 Pearls branded Product (Zip Code 77477) 

$1.50/1 Perdue Fully Cooked Frozen Chicken (Zip Code 77477)
$2.05/1 Purina Cat Chow brand Dry Bagged Cat Food (Zip Code 77477); Includes 13 lb or Larger Only
$1.00/1 Gratify Gluten Free Product (Zip Code 77477)
$2.00/1 Mega-T with Probiotics or Mega-T Chews (Zip Code 77477)

Zip Code 10001

Mccormick

skinny cow

nuk wipes

$1.00/1 McCormick Grill Mates Smoked Sausage (Zip Code 10001); Includes 14 oz Only
$0.50/1 Skinny Cow Creamy Iced Coffee Drink (Zip Code 10001); Available at Stop & Shop

$1.00/1 Nuk Pacifier Wipes (Zip Code 10001)
$1.00/1 Holland House Cooking Wine (Zip Code 10001)
$2.00/1 Balmex Diaper Rash Cream (Zip Code 10001); Includes 2, 4 or 16 oz Only
$0.25/1 Botto’s Sweet and Hot Links (Zip Code 10001); Includes 16 oz Only

Zip Code 30003
$1.00/2 Perdue Fresh Chicken Products (Zip Code 30003)
$1.00/2 Perdue Harvestland Chicken Products (Zip Code 30003)

 

Zip Code 17777

power bar

 

$2.00/1 PowerBar ProteinPlus (Zip Code 17777); Includes 6 pk Only
$0.75/1 Orbit or Eclipse Bottle (Zip Code 17777)
$2.00/1 InnovAsian Cuisine (Zip Code 17777)
$1.10/1 Old Spice Antiperspirant or Deodorant (Zip Code 17777); Excludes Trial or Travel Size; Limit of 4 Identical Coupons Per Household Per Day
$3.00/3 Hormel Compleats Microwave Meals or Snackers Dips (Zip Code 17777)
$1.00/1 Gillette Sensor 2 Disposable Razor (Zip Code 17777); Includes 10 ct or Larger Only; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Identical Coupons Per Household Per Day

Zip Code 50702

Totinos

 

$1.00/4 Totino’s Crisp Crust Party Pizza Products (Zip Code 50702); Excludes Party Pizza Pack and Big Party Pack; Available at Walmart

 

Zip Code 68130

cooked perfect meatballs

 

$1.50/1 Cooked Perfect Meatballs (Zip Code 68130)
$0.75/1 Bob Evans All Natural Side Dish (Zip Code 68130)
$1.00/1 Spam Snacks Products (Zip Code 68130)

 

 

Zip Code 30303
$1.00/1 Gorton’s Shrimp Product (Zip Code 30303); Available at Walmart
$1.00/1 Fresh Step Clumping Litter (Zip Code 30303); Includes 15.4 lb or Larger Only; Limit of 4 Like Coupons In Same Shopping Trip
$0.75/1 Sister Schubert’s Products (Zip Code 30303)

 

Zip Code 99218
New York Brand

Dr Oetker Pizza

$1.00/1 New York Brand Baked Snack Sticks ( Zip Code 99218)
$1.00/1 Dr Oetker Ristorante Pizza, any variety (Zip Code 99218)

 

Zip Code 02134

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$.75/1 Pearls Olives To Go,  4pk or larger (Zip Code 02134)
B1G1 Stonyfield Yogurt Cups (Zip Code 02134); Excludes Oh My Yog!; Maximum Value $1.09; Available at Walmart

 

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$1.00/2 Mama Rosie’s Products (Zip Code 14219)

$.75/1 Bob Evans All Natural Side Dish

 

Zip Code 90210

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$1.00/2 Oreo Cookies (Zip Code 90210); Includes 10 oz or Larger; Redeemable at Albertsons
$1.55/1 Pampers Baby Dry Diapers (Zip Code 90210); Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Identical Coupons Per Household Per Day
$2.00/1 a2 Milk (Zip Code 90210); Includes Half Gallon Only; Prints with Ralphs logo

We will continue to post direct linked zip code coupons but if you need to change the zip code on your own, here are the steps:

how to change the zipcode on coupons.com

How to Change the Zip Code on Coupons.com:

  1. Go to Coupons.com and sign up for an account or sign in.
  2. Find your profile, and enter the zip code and state to the one you want  ( you will need to know the state the zip code is in but that can be googled)
  3. Save your profile
  4. Select your coupons and print.

This will have to be done each time you are looking for a zip code specific coupon. You can do the same thing with in the Coupons.com Smart Phone App.

 

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3 Simple Ways to Save Money and Time Amazon Deals / Coupon Education / Coupons / Deals / Get Organized / Living On Less / Resources / Reward Point Programs / Shop Your Way Rewards / Topics / Ways To Save Money

3 ways to save money & time

Knowing when and where to buy items is the secret to save money & time !!

Everyday I have people asking me how I save money on the limited time schedule I have with working full time and running the sites. Hopefully this post will give you the insight to get on track to doing the same for your household!! Of course I cannot cover every item in this post, but I can give you an overview to simplify your life and help you save money and time by just explaining what I do.

I basically shop 3 ways for every purchase I make: 1) ONLINE 2) WITH COUPONS 3) LOCAL & WAREHOUSE

I only have so much time to get to stores so I utilize online shopping and pick up at store options whenever the prices are comparable. I also keep a list in my planner of household items I need to buy. Not the same as my grocery list but items such as linens, gifts, clothing, shoes, pots & pans, tools, decorative items, hardware items, and really any item I think of that I need or want. This stops me from running to the store and impulse buying, it also allows me to price compare AND it saves gas and time physically going there. Here is my list for January. I wont necessarily buy all of them right away, but I do review it weekly.

Want to Buy List to Save Money and Time

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1) Shop Online:

I am an avid online shopper at Shop Your Way and Amazon. . Both options give me low pricing and 2 day free shipping when subscribed. Items I can buy with a coupon I do not usually buy here. Items I buy here are items on my TO BUY list. I always check Shop Your Way first as I get free points for everything I buy, being part of their birthday and moving groups, by playing sweeps and tons of other ways plus they issue SURPRISE POINTS which are like free cash! I do price check the item before buying and see if it would be less expensive on Amazon. In my opinion it is best to have BOTH services to save the most money and time!

 

Shop Your Way Max

 

Shop Your Way Max
2 day free shipping from Sears & Kmart and free standard shipping from any Marketplace partners for $39 per year for Shop Your Way Members.  Become a SYW member and choose me as your personal shopper here and you will receive a free trial (if you have not chosen a personal shopper in past). The personal shopper services are always free with no credit card info or obligation and I have yet to have to buy the Shop Your Way Max service for $39. Shop Your Way has been extending my membership for free. This is not a guarantee but is a great service for $39 let alone possibly FREE!!! Shop Your Way Max members also earn points back on there purchases plus get exclusive discount offers! Just a few items I bought this year were a Gas Grill for $69, Rachel Ray Dish set $25, Fit Bit Flex $58, numerous clothes, linens free after points and only a few of them were pick up at store only deals. Oh and by the way, they even have delivery service right ti your car with the Shop Your Way App if picking up at store!

Shop Your Way is also affiliated with many other brands and stores, so you can buy through Shop Your Way and still earn points with your purchases at Target, Walmart, Best Buy and tons more!

We publish Sears, Kmart and Shop Your Way Deals everyday here. To make sure you don’t miss one, make sure to join our Facebook group of Bloggers that are posting deals, savings and points offers everyday here– Sears & Kmart Steals and Deals

Amazon
– 2 day free shipping, online movies, borrow Kindle books, free photo storage and music streaming 
for $99 per year. You can try the Amazon service for free also however, unlike Shop Your Way, you will get billed once your free trial is over. I buy all of my Coffee K Cups there, along with many miscellaneous items such as I rent my son’s college books from there, jewelry and clothing deals, I even bought our mini refrigerator there last year as it was $229 compared to $449 at a local Lowes store. I also bought my vanity mirror, nightstand and vanity stool from there at half the cost of other places and I didn’t pay a cent for shipping and it was here in 2 days.  There is also a special program for Amazon Students to get a 6 month free trial and then Amazon Prime for 50% off ($49) — you can sign up for the Student service here.

We post Amazon and other online deals everyday here or join our Hot Online Deals Facebook group where multiple bloggers are sharing deals all day long!

Other Online purchases

Sometimes I am forced to buy other brands or stores not available through Shop Your Way and Amazon, and when I have to do that, I buy through TopCashback.com and earn cash back on those store purchases and use online coupon codes from Savings.com or Dealspotr.com

2) Use Coupons:

This is what everyone sees me post about the most, but it is actually what I do the least lately! Matching sales with coupons and only buying those items will save you a ton at the grocery store! We have a great stockpile of the things we use everyday so I have not had to do major shopping hauls to fill my pantry or linen closets. I also do not plan my meals and then go get what I need for them. I do the opposite, I plan my meals from my freezer or pantry. A BIG DIFFERENCE!! My husband and I have some controversy here sometimes as he wants a certain thing for dinner and we may not have the items. When you have to go buy those items you will almost always pay full price.

As for health and beauty items, only sometimes do I run out of things like Bandaids etc. Very rarely do I run out of toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper etc. I try to keep an inventory list of items I have on hand. Here is an inventory list you can use for a 6 week cycle so you can judge when you think it will go back on sale and how much your family uses to know how much to buy when on sale.
So what you really need to know about coupon shopping is still WHAT-WHEN-WHERE to save the most money

WHAT– You have to know what you have and what you need. You can download the CouponsForYourFamily Pantry/Freezer Spreadsheet to your computer here. Click file and then download

WHEN– Its best to know what time of the year its best to buy certain products. The fall is known for the lowest baking product prices, March is always frozen food month etc.

Use our Best Time to Buy Monthly Guide to Retail & Grocery Sales here to help you to know when products are usually the best prices for both grocery and retail items.

Month to Month guide to Best time to Buy

 

WHERE– My suggestion to new coupon shoppers or those looking to save money, is to shop at Dollar Tree for freebies and then your local grocery store for other items you need to fill your pantry and linen closets. While the drugstores are a great place to get free items, you need to go back there weekly to use the Store points and coupons. If you have time to do that then by all means, do it!! I love to shop the drugstores, I just need to retire from one of my jobs to do that! Otherwise, shopping fewer stores and following our guidance and coupon matchups will still ge tyou on track to saving.

Here is where I shop with coupons and it is not every week.

Dollar Tree
Tops
Wegmans
Kmart 

I also love Target, but I get very tempted to spend extra dollars there so I try to stay away!

Find your local grocery stores on our Store Page here to see weekly sales matched with coupons.
You can also join our Couponing to Cut your Grocery Bill group here to see all the grocery deals we post

3) Warehouse & Local:

It is usually wise to check your local butchers and Restaurant Depots to see if they have bulk meat purchases. I was just able to get chicken at $1.29 lb at Restaurant Depot when you buy 40lbs. My local Hoelscher Meat Market also has chicken for $1.39lb. Compare that to Tops price at $1.88lb this week. The men in my family also hunt, so our freezer is always full of Venison roasts & steaks, Venison Hot Dogs and Venison Sausage so I only have to buy Chicken, Ground Beef and pork.  I have also purchased half cows/half pigs to fill our freezer with meat from local farmers.

  • I shop Aldi for eggs, milk, produce if there aren’t any good sales at my local grocery stores Tops and Wegmans. Their everyday produce and bread prices are much lower than the local grocery stores. If the prices are close that week , then I just shop my normal grocery store.
  • Aldi stores are national and we do provide the WNY Aldi Sale list here. Aldi does not take coupons but you can use Cash Back apps to save more.
  • In the summer, I prefer to buy at local farmers markets for fresh in season produce.

 

The Results

By following some of these guidelines, you should be able to save money in half the time that an Extreme Couponer does! Time is money and life is short. All of us want to save as much as we can and knowing WHAT-WHEN-WHERE to buy is the first step to cutting your bills.

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Whens the Best Time to Buy : A Month to Month Guide to Retail & Grocery Sale Cycles Coupon Education / Coupons / Free Printables for Home / Get Organized / Home & Style / Resources / Topics / Ways To Save Money

Month to Month guide to Best time to Buy

Print this awesome Monthly Guide of Best Time to Buy just about anything!

When is the best time to buy a car, or the best time to buy tv, or the best time to buy frozen foods or the best time to buy a laptop? It is proven fact that certain times of the year are better times than others to buy certain products.  Whether the reason is for seasonal sales cycles or whether its based on supply and demand or even your weather for produce, there are certain times of the year better than others, for you to buy certain products.

 

Many of these are based on preparing for the next season, such as cars. Its always better to buy a car in the fall because dealers are making room for the new year models on their lots. Many of the grocery items are based around holidays or events like the super bowl so many times these items are plentiful OR the manufacturers such as Pepsi run large promotions so the prices are lower. Whereas sometimes, the demand is so high such as Chocolate for Valentines Day, that the price is not lower right before the holiday.

 

I have put together data based on my professional sales experiences and knowledge from reading and blogging over the years that should help us all make better buying decisions. I added both Grocery and Retail into one easy document for you to use as an easy reference to peek at when looking to stock up on groceries or to buy a car! As always this document is just to be used as guidance for your buying purposes to help you save a buck! There will be times when these items are priced lower not according to these cycles.

 

Combining this information in our Best Time to Buy Guide, along with coupons will help you determine when to stock up on grocery items!Seasonal Produce is a very important item to buying but I could not fit the documentation into the one page document. I will save that for another post in the near future!

 

You can print a PDF of the Best Time to Buy Monthly guide here–>A Month to Month Guide to Retail & Grocery Sale Cycles

 

 

The best time to buy

 

We try to base our posts and deals shared around these times and we will be fine tuning it even more in the future! If you would like help in shopping for items, we also offer Personal Shopper Services thru the Shop Your Way Program here. This program is free to you and gives you direct access to me where I can share my 30 yrs of experience in the sales world along with 7 yrs of Frugal Blogging and Couponing!

 

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Six Tips to Maximize Your Grocery Store Budget Coupon Education / Coupons / Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half / Get Organized / Living On Less / Topics / Ways To Save Money

Six Tips to Maximize Your Grocery Store Budget

Six Tips to Maximize Your Grocery Store Budget

Most of us can relate to trying to cut corners. If we don’t, it won’t take long for savings to dwindle and debt to pile up. One of the best and easiest ways to save cash is through our grocery store budget. For some, cutting the grocery bill means eating lean and not having the things they want. The truth is, that is usually not necessary at all.

You can eat well and still stick to a reasonable budget. The key is knowing where you can cut corners and make the biggest difference.

Here are six things you can do right now that will trim your grocery budget and still allow for decent meals for your family:

#1- Work from a List

Having a list in the grocery store might seem rather silly. Some of us have great memories, right? The truth is, having a list has nothing to do with your memory in most cases. Having a list will keep you focused on the things you are actually there for. We can’t aimlessly wander the grocery store and expect our budgets to stay in check. There are too many Baby Ruth candy bars and other such landmines. Eliminate impulse purchases and you will see your budget start to loosen up.

Coupon Mom

Favado: Best Grocery List App

I use Favado Grocery List SmartPhone App for my list. You can add your own items, search for best price and even use coupons that are listed to save more. And the best part is that is FREE!!  Sign up for the Favado Grocery List App here with your email so you get the your regional offers. Once you are signed up, then download the app on your smartphone and sign in and start making your list!

#2- Plan Your Meals

Menu planning is all the rage and for good reason….it saves you money. The basics are logical. You plan every meal and shop accordingly. Then you use the leftovers for snacks, lunches and so on. This leaves no waste, you use what you have and your budget stays nice and trim.
Get our Free menu planner here.

#3- Work Leftovers Into The Budget

Leftovers are a huge part of any good grocery budget in that you work them into your cooking plan. Even if you are not going to menu plan all the way (why not?) you can still use leftovers on a regular basis. When you make a meal and have some leftovers, plan a meal immediately to utilize them. When you meal plan, put these leftovers in your plan! For example, when I make meatloaf, I make sure to have on hand all ingredients for chili to use the left over meatloaf during the week.  Your grocery store budget will thank you!

#4- Stock Up On Sale Items That Are Non-Perishable

We are generally good as a society about grabbing things that are on sale. That said, we are not very good at getting items we actually need. Sale prices on items we are not going to use are just bad choices. The same goes for items that will go bad before they can be used. For this reason, focus your bulk purchasing for items that are non-perishable or that will be used quickly. To make this easier, find the store you shop at on our Store Deals page and use our coupon matchups to help you stock up on the non-perishable items.

#5- Don’t Become a Store Snob for your grocery store budget’s sake!

Are you one of those folks that will only shop at one store? If so, your loyalty rules! Unfortunately your budget is bearing the weight of your dedication. Shopping around is the number one way to ensure you save money at the grocery store. No one store can be the cheapest on every single item. If you plan things out the right way, you can hit different places for different things and make it worth your while. I shop approximately 5 stores per month. I do not have time to hit all every week, but I do make sure I shop multiple stores to get as many freebies and deals I can to fill my pantry and household and beauty closets so I never have to pay full price for them.

#6- Cut Coupons and Follow Sales – my favorite 😉

You hear it all the time, but coupons and sales prices are simply free money. With the amount of stores we cover and all of the other sites on the web, you can save a fortune if you learn how to properly coupon. Spend some time cutting coupons even if they are only on the items you buy all the time. You can get started right here with us. Check out these 10 tips to save 50% with coupons to get rolling!

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Grocery store budgeting doesn’t have to be hard. Simply take the time to implement these six things into your grocery store budget routine and you will find yourself saving right away!

 

Cut your grocery store budget in half with the above six simple steps!


Couponing 101 and Our Spotlight on DealSpotr.com! Coupon Articles / Coupon Education / Coupons / How To Coupon

 

couponing 101 couponing 101

 

Make sure to Check out the new Couponing 101 series and Blog posts over at DealSpotr.com!!

DealSpotr.com has started an awesome series of Couponing 101 along with featured posts about coupon bloggers! Make sure to check out the Question and Answer Series they featured on myself and CouponsForYourFamily.com here! It was a great Question and Answer Survey and has some good insights into our site (and myself) for New couponers. Here is just a Sneak Peek!

Q: Where is your favorite place to shop with coupons?

A: I buy certain items at different stores but no more than 2 per week.

Aldi – Milk, eggs, bread, produce
Tops Friendly Markets– Buy there weekly specials with coupons to earn free gas
Wegmans – Certain household and beauty items and some special bakery items
Kmart – Both in store and online for variety of items especially during their Double Coupon Events in store
Dollar General and Dollar Tree – Cleaning supplies and freebie items
CVS – When there are certain name brand items I can get for close to free

 

Q: What advice would you give to couponing newbies?

A: 1) Start out shopping one store at a time and get to know their coupon policy.
2) Know what your family uses and watch our weekly matchups for those items to be on sale matched with a coupon.
3) Grocery shop weekly – Make a list and stick to it. I use the Favado smartphone grocery list app you can get for free here.
4) Search our Grocery Price Checker for what stores have the item you want to buy on sale.
5) If you need a particular Brand that you can not find on sale, you can still search our coupon database for coupons or cash back offers here.

 

Q: What is the biggest challenge couponers face?

A: The ever changing ways that you can save and having the stores honor them and is becoming overwhelming. Right now you have:
1) Manufacturer coupons that come in Newspaper or printable coupons
2) Some stores will issue store coupons you can stack with a manufacturer coupon
3) There are numerous smartphone apps to follow to earn cash back on your purchases
4) Shoppers who mis-use coupons make it harder for honest couponers to save money for their family as stores and brands have to make more limitations and be more cautious

 

Can you guess how long I have been couponing? Find out the answer here

 

They have also started a great community to share and find Retail Deals so make sure to check them out!!

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Topic: Couponing 101


How to Coupon for Family of 6 while working Fulltime: My 2am Shopping Trip –$402.85 for $138.17 with $2.40 in Gas Points!!! Coupon Education / Couponing at Tops Markets and Best Deals / Coupons / Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half / Grocery Stores / How To Coupon / Shopping Trips / Stores

How to Coupon

5 Easy steps to learn How To Coupon for a large family …even if you work a full time job!!

Everyone asks me how I am able to work Full Time, Coupon and Cook for my Family, plus run the site and publish deals for everyone else! Well, with running the site I am pushing myself..I would be lying if I said any different! BUT..if I was just working full time obtaining these results of more than 75% every week would be easy!! I will be trying to share my personal shopping pictures and tips more so everyone hopefully learn something that could help them save more money for their family!

I do not consider myself to be an Extreme Couponer….I just have a need to feed a family of 6 and do not want all of our hard earned income going to household item and foods. I want extra money to buy the things we want and do the things we enjoy all while not scrimping on meals!

SO with that said….

I made the above shopping trip last night at Tops Friendly Markets at 2 am! Yes..you read that right! The bacon and chicken B2G3 deals and cereal deals I could not miss. Not when I have to feed a crew like below (yes I am in there..LOL):

how to coupon

 

FACT: If you shop week to week for the meals you are going to make with out stocking up items, you will only save minimal amount using coupons or even when buying generic and will have to pay full price on items you need to feed your family.

Step One: You need to begin stocking up on the items your family regularly eats and uses and set aside a time each week to plan:

-follow blogs such as ours that cover stores you shop at. You can find the stores we cover here. Also watch daily for new printable coupons to print and hold for upcoming sales.
-join couponing facebook groups that have reader activity in them because then you are getting blogger deals and reader deals
-your goal is to eventually only buy items on sale when matched with a coupon at the stores you normally shop at so you are not making 10 trips.

 

STEP TWO: Know what you need and what you want

-take an inventory of what you have in your freezer and pantry, have an idea of what meals you will make , then review your stores sales and your Shopping List. I use the matchups on our site which automatically syncs with the Favado Smartphone App. You can email yourself a list to print or pull coupons from Sunday Newspaper Inserts.

 

STEP THREE: You need paper coupons along with printables to save 75%.

-Decide if you want to get multiple Sunday Newspapers every week or Buy Coupons from a Coupon Clipper or maybe both.
-To start with least amount of work and time, watch our Coupon Matchups and start buying coupons every week for items that have the least amount out of pocket spent- ex Free etc. However this will only stock your pantry/freezer usually. It will not give you deals on meats, fresh produce etc.

 

STEP FOUR: Organize Your Coupons


– we discuss this in more detail in our 10 Tips to Save 50% using coupons post. Time is money so I use the methods that require the least amount of my time. I file my Sunday inserts in manilla folder by date so I can easily pull out the ones I want to use when I see a good deal. I file my printables or purchased coupons alphabetically in an envelope with paperclips so I can thumb through them quickly.
-before going to store have your coupons in an envelope for any deals that must be bought in combination transactions

STEP FIVE: Know your Stores Coupon Policies and Rain Check details


– Because I work full time I shop 5 stores basically and have learned all of the store policies. Within each of our Coupon Matchups we list a link to that stores policy. I shop Tops Markets and Aldi weekly, Wegmans usually bimonthly, Kmart and Dollar General whenever I see a great deal. I do not go to more than 2 stores in one week. If I did not work full time I would also shop the drugstores, but I cant dedicate myself to be there every week to use the Extra Care coupons, so I only go when there is something free that I need.
– make sure to get a raincheck if your store is out of an item.

So following the above simple 5 Steps How To Coupon, I used last weeks Tops Markets sales with printable coupons and purchased Clipped coupons to fill my freezer and pantry. 

1) My cereal count was getting limited, we were down to 3 packages of bacon and completely out of quick meal/snack Chicken. Yogurt is great for breakfast or a snack. The rest purchased were good deals I knew we would use.

2) I used our Tops Coupon Matchups here (these change weekly) and purchased the Oatmeal Squares coupons from Klip2Save and Scotties Wipes coupons from My Coupon Hunter. I had a raincheck from the Yo Crunch Sale during dollar doubler week at Tops along with coupons I had purchased.  All of the rest of the coupons were printables from that weeks Tops Coupon Matchups.

3) The total retail value was $402.85 and I paid at the register only $138.17 for 105 items!!
I broke it up into 4 transactions by putting 4 Reusable shopping bags in my cart to maximize coupon doubling and Gas points.
16 cereal – mix of $1/1 and $.50/1 coupons
12 Scott Wipes- used 12 $.75/1 coupons
10 lbs Hormel Bacon – Sale B2G3 free and used (4) coupons
10 Fast Fixin Chicken – Sale B2G3 free (i had no coupons for these)
5 Maries Blue cheese- Sale B2G3- used (2) $1/1 coupons
16 Yo Crunch- Raincheck for 16 at $.50 each, used (4) $1/4 with (4) Dollar Doublers
4 Activia Yogurt 4 packs- used (4) $1/1 printable coupons
4 Dannon Light and Fit- use (4) $1/1 printable coupons
4 boxes Nature Valley Granola- $.50/1 and $.75/1 printable coupons
4 Kraft Dressing- (2) $1/2 printable coupons
2 Domino Sugar – used $.75/2 coupon
Flour- no coupon
2 Simply Lemonade – used (2) $.75/1 coupons
Milk- ibotta cash back app
1 Boca Burger- Discontinued at $2.19 used $1/1 coupon
Dish Detergent- Cash back for $.25 thru app
3 Cabot Cheese (Swiss) – $1/2 coupon
1 Friendlys Cottage cheese -$.55/1 printable
2 Keebler Cookies B1G1 – no coupons
Lettuce

4) I combined all in groups to receive the most Gas Bonus Points that Tops offered and received $2.40 per gallon in points which =  30x$2.40= $72!!

Net Cost= Out of pocket $138 less $72 in Gas= $66 for $407 in groceries!

How much easier can it be to save everyday?

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Couponing at Walmart, Target and Kmart
Sears and Kmart Steals & Deals
Printable CouponsForFree FB Group
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Freebies, Cheap Deals, Giveaways and Sweeps
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Topic: How to Coupon for Family of 6


Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half June 14: Midnight Run Shopping Trip before last week sales ended at Tops– $264 in groceries for $114! Coupon Education / Couponing at Tops Markets and Best Deals / Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half / Grocery Stores / Shopping Trips / Stores

Here is proof you can Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half shopping with store sales and coupons!

 

All  you need to do is follow our store matchups and cut or print the coupons we tell you too for items that you regularly use!

This was a run to Tops before the sale ended Saturday night. I needed to stock up on some items such as Salsa, Utz Potato chips and Ketchup but most of these items are things that eat up your budget quickly such as snacks, bacon, beverages and fruit. The out of pocket cost was $114.44 for 78 items!

Make sure to follow us in our Facebook Group to see all of our grocery matchups as soon as they are posted plus ask questions to learn How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in half!

Make sure to check out our other Tops Coupon Matchups Posts:

Tops Weekly Ad Scan
Tops Click To Card Coupons
Other Tops Store Coupons

More store matchups:


Aldi Weekly SalesCVS Coupons Dollar General Coupons |  Dollar TreeFamily Dollar Coupons | Food Lion Coupons  | Giant Coupons  | Giant Eagle Match-ups | Kinney Drugs Coupons  | Kmart Coupons | Kroger Coupons  | Martins Coupons |Meijer Coupons | Organic Coupons | Pathmark Coupons | Price Chopper Coupons  Publix Coupons  Rite Aid Coupons | Save A Lot Coupons  |Shop and Save Coupons  | Shop For Free List | ShopRite Coupons  |Target  Coupons  Tops Coupon | Walgreens Coupons  | Walmart Coupons  | Wegmans Coupons 

Topic: Cut your grocery bill in half


Cash Back Sites / Coupon Education / Coupon/Deals Apps / Coupons / Earn Money / Shopmium

Shopmium App
Shopmium app

Another must have app for your smartphone: the Shopmium app is now available for free with some awesome deals!

Not only can you save money on groceries with the Shopmium app, you can also earn $2 per referral plus get a FREE Lindt Candy Bar when using coupon code GHMYGGQK! 

 

*Be sure to read this entire post and follow the directions to get your FREE Lindt Candy.

Shopmium App Description:

You will get PRIVATE OFFERS AT YOUR LOCAL STORE!!

Discover new products for free or at a greatly reduced price in the new Shopmium App

Shopmium is already a successful app abroad and has been acclaimed by the media. Our users are very enthusiastic and ranked the app 4.5 stars!

– Free registration – nothing to pay – ever!
– Features new offers each week
– Offers are exclusive to Shopmium
– No store constraints: you can redeem your offers at any store the product is sold (check the barcode)
– Very easy cash back process: rebates are processed within the app in just 2 clicks!
– Get your cash back directly to your bank account or PayPal account, within a few days
– Discounts on all kind of products: gourmet products, beverages, grocery, cosmetics, apparel…

Shopmium users have already taken advantage of many offers and free products, from companies like:
Pepperidge Farm, Tropicana, L’Oreal, Häagen-Dazs, Nestle, Evian, Vitamin Water…
And many more!

All offers are exclusive to Shopmium users and cannot be found elsewhere.

The greatest thing about the Shopmium app is that you can stack with paper or internet coupons for even more savings! It’s very similar to Ibotta or Checkout 51, in that, you will take pictures of your receipts and get cash back sent to your Paypal or bank account.

Right now they have an introductory deal that will get you a FREE Lindt candy bar!

Make sure to download the Shopmium app, then login on your mobile device use the referral code: GHMYGGQK to unlock the FREE Lindt candy bars.

Once you do that, you can get your own unique referral code and text and email your friends and family and get $2 for each one that signs up! PLUS, they get a FREE candy bar !

Topic: Shopmium App


Earn Cash Back with Checkout 51 on your weekly Grocery Bill..new offers every Thursday!! Coupon Education / Coupons / E-Coupons

Checkout 51Introducing Checkout 51: Earn Cash back on your weekly Grocery Bill!

Checkout 51 is a similar app to Ibotta, where you buy a product that has a special offer, upload receipt proving you bought it and get cash back!

Checkout 51 has new offers every week beginning on Thursdays at 12:00 am. Its so easy to earn cash back! Please note…different regions have different offers.

And great news..you do not need a smartphone..you can upload the receipts via your computer instead of the smartphone app!

Each of our store matchups provide Checkout51 for sale items when thre is a checkout51 offer. Each region differs so you may want to always double check your offerings under your account before purchasing.

NOTE: some offers are store specific so make sure you are buying those offers at the designated store!

How to save on gorceries with Checkout 51:

  1. Browse this weeks new Checkout 51 offers here and select the items you plan to buy
  2. Buy products at any store.
  3. Upload your receipt using Checkout 51 (app or desktop).
  4. They’ll confirm your purchase and credit your account.
  5. When your account reaches $20, you can cash out and they’ll mail a check your way.

WEEKLY ANY BRAND/PRODUCE offers

Each week, Checkout51 offers a choice of produce and sometimes a cash back on any brand of particular product!!
These offers chagne every week. The below is just an example:

checkout 51 coupons

 

 

Checkout 51 Key guidelines

  1. Offers go live on Thursdays at 12:00 AM in each time zone. They expire the following Wednesday at 11:59 PM in each time zone. You must upload your receipts while the offers are live.
  2. Offers are available in limited quantities. Please check your offer list before you go shopping to ensure that the offer is still available, and upload the receipt immediately after purchase to avoid disappointment.
  3. Some offers may be claimed multiple times. Tap into the offer to see its claim limit.
  4. Each receipt can only be used once.
  5. You can only earn Cash Back for the exact product listed, so please read carefully.
  6. You can earn Checkout 51 Cash Back in combination with any other coupon or discount unless otherwise stated. Tap into the offer to see any conditions.
  7. Products must be purchased in your country of registration. We currently support the United States (the 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Overseas US Military Bases, Puerto Rico) and Canada.
  8. Receipts uploaded must be in English, French or Spanish.
  9. Items purchased from online retailers are eligible for Cash Back. Itemized packing slips are accepted as proof of purchase. Online purchases are subject to the same upload timelines as receipts

The beauty of Checkout 51 is you can even earn cash back on purchases at Aldi and places like Big Lots where the store does not accept coupons!

Checkout 51 is free and allows you to save even more money without cutting coupons!

Sign up for Checkout 51 here

 

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How much easier can it be to save everyday?

Join our Facebook Groups to see more deals like these:

Couponing to Cut Your Grocery Bill
Couponing at Tops Markets
Couponing at Wegmans
Couponing at Save A Lot
Couponing the Dollar Stores
Couponing at Dollar Tree
Couponing at CVS, Walgreens and RiteAid
Couponing at Walmart, Target and Kmart
Sears and Kmart Steals & Deals
Printable CouponsForFree FB Group
Coupons.com Facebook Group
Freebies, Cheap Deals, Giveaways and Sweeps
Extreme Couponing Nationwide Deals
Hot Online Deals
 

 



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