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    Grocery Coupons

    Get Coupons From The Source
    When the subject of saving on groceries comes up, the conversation will eventually move to coupons. You've probably heard the claims of people being able to reduce their grocery bill by 50% or more and have wondered if it is truly possible. SavingAdvice.com will show you how (for free) and explain the dedication you'll need to accomplish this.

    While utilizing coupons is a part of the overall strategy to reduce you shopping bill by 50% or more, to accomplish the goal you will need to also adjust to other Grocery Store Factors which are trying to entice you to part with your money. Being aware of these so that your can take control in conjunction with coupons can get you to your goal with a little dedication and a lot of organization.

    There are plenty of grocery coupons out there...estimates say over $360,000,000,000 worth! While that is a lot of zeros, the actual amount of grocery coupons that are redeemed is far less at about $1.7 billion. The reason for so many coupons not being used is easy to understand. The coupon inserts that come with your Sunday paper will have some useful coupons, but the majority are most likely coupons for products that you are not interested in or need. So the question quickly becomes how to find coupons that you want.

    By far the best way to get coupons that you know you want and will use regularly is to go to the source. Take a look at all the products in your kitchen cabinets that you use and see if they have a website address listed on the package. If so, go to the address and sign up for their newsletter. As a valued member on their list, many will send you coupons for the products they make. If they do not have a readily apparent newsletter to sign up with, you can email them using the same form shown below.

    Another effective way to get specific coupons you want is to write directly to the companies through snail mail. While this will cost you the price of a stamp, it will often be rewarded many times over in coupons and samples received. You can use a simple form to send out to all the companies of products you use:

    (Company Name),

    I am writing to tell you how much I enjoy (name of product). (positive points about product).

    If at all possible, I would like to receive coupons and/or samples of your products when available in the future. I would also like to be added to your mailing list(s).

    Sincerely,

    (your name, address and e-mail)

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    Coupons From Auctions
    While selling coupons is illegal, people have worked their way around this by charging a fee for the time and energy used to find, clip and sort coupons. You don't actually pay for the coupons, but in order to get them, you need to pay for the time the person spent getting and arranging them. While this may be purely semantics, it has allowed a thriving coupon sale business to legally exist on auction sites such as eBay.

    Auction sites tend to be a good place to find coupons for items you use in bulk since the coupons sold are usually product specific. That is, you'll get 10 of the same coupon. It is also helpful if you know exactly what you are looking for in the search since there are thousands of these auctions going on at any time. This is also a good place to see that coupons are not limited to groceries. You'll soon find that there are a lot of restaurant, store specific, drug, cosmetic, travel etc. coupons to be had. You can use the links below to see a small sampling of how many different coupons are available.

    Coupons & Organization
    There are also a number of websites that will provide coupons, usually for a fee such as CentsOff.com While these sites can be worthwhile if they have the types of coupons you are looking for and regularly use, you will want to make sure that they can provide you savings for the amount of money you must spend for the memberships. Most will have a preview function of the types of coupons they currently have in stock which you should go through when making this decision. Also note if there are requirements for paying a handling fee with each order that can quickly erode the savings the coupons provide.

    There are other sites such as SmartSource.com, ValPak and ValuPage that have weekly updated coupons that you can access for free and print from your computer meaning that you don't have to wait for a coupon to arrive by mail and there are no processing or membership fees involved. The variety is usually less than available at the membership sites, but since these are free, it makes sense to check them weekly.

    Which leads us to the last point. In order to make couponing successful, you will need to be organized. It is useless to have a lot of great coupons, but not know where they are when you need them. You now know where to get coupons, so now you need a system for organizing them. While you can go out and purchase a coupon organizer, you can also accomplish the organization through envelopes. Purchase a box of envelopes and label them with the different categories of food or products your regularly purchase. Your system can be customized to what is best for you: you can make the envelope categories broad such as "Fruits & Vegetables" or focused with the exact brand of canned fruit you purchase on the outside. What works best for you with how you like to organize is the important key here. Then you simply place the coupons you have gathered into the appropriate envelope for later use.

    You can increase the worth of the coupon by using them not necessarily when you first get them, but waiting until the item goes on sale. This way you get a discount off an already low sale price. If there is a grocery store that doubles or triples coupons on certain days, you should make every effort to shop during these times since it will add significant savings to your grocery shopping. Also remember that if you have multiple coupons and your buy in bulk when items go on sale, you can usually use a coupon for each individual item you purchase. That is, if you have four $0.50 coupons for canned fruit and you buy four cans when they go on sale, you can use all four coupons at the store. Your goal when you make your shopping list should be to have coupons for 50%+ of the items you plan to buy and of course you want to make that as close to 100% as possible.

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    Coupon Links

    Ahugedeal.com -- Online Coupons and promotions http://www.AhugeDeal.com

    Canuckcash -- Freebies, Contests and Coupons for Canadians
    http://www.canuckcash.ca/url]<br />...e=google_canada

    CouponMountain.com -- Browse over 4,000 grocery coupons from 400 online
    stores http://www.CouponMountain.com

    Coupons Eh?
    Canadian site for coupons, deals, and specials information.
    http://www.couponseh.ca

    Coupons.com - Click to print coupons on your printer. http://coupons.com

    CouponSense.com Helps people in Arizona save money at the grocery store.
    Many save 50-70% on their grocery bill each time they shop.
    http://www.couponsense.com

    Cut the Hunger -- Cut your grocery bill in half by finding the best deals
    every week. The specific price list works in the state of Georgia but the
    concepts and strategies work everywhere. http://www.cutouthunger.org

    DealDude.com -- Let the Dude help you find the best deals and grocery
    coupons at hundreds of online stores http://www.dealdude.com

    eclip.com -- one of the Web's original savings sites http://www.eclip.com

    Entertainment Publications - publish coupon books for major cities across
    North America; also provide coupons on their web site that you can print
    out. http://www.entertainment.com

    Learn more about coupons & saving money at the grocery store.
    FREE e-newsletter sent twice a month full of helpful information.
    http://www.grocerycouponsandsavings.com

    JumpOnDeals.com --JumpOnDeals.com has the latest coupons and sales info for
    major online stores http://www.jumpondeals.com

    Save.ca -- Select the coupons you want, and they'll mail 'em to you via
    Canada Post. http://www.save.ca

    SmartSource.com -- Some call this the best resource for grocery coupons on
    the net http://www.smartsource.com

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      Re: Grocery Coupons

      newbie here, 1st post -

      I never just buy random coupons. I search for specific coupons for the products I already use.

      When I see a coupon that will mean an item will be free or nearly free I immediately buy on ebay in bulk & stock up. I haven't paid for toothpaste or shampoo in a very long time. At one time I could get angel soft toilet paper for free regularly. We had like 50 packages of TP, so that saved us $50

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        #4
        Thanks for sharing!

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          #5
          I use this website for coupons match ups with sales.

          Surviving The Stores

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            #6
            Learned a lot from this. Thank you very much!

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