Yesterday, I saved $19 on my grocery bill at Kroger. And it was all because of coupons.
Lots of people don’t use coupons because they think it is a nuisance to clip them, or because it just isn’t worth all of the extra time and planning in the end. But I have grown to be a big coupon user over the years, particularly with the recent plunge in the economy.
A few of my co-workers and I recently started up a little coupon exchange. On Sundays, we go through the coupons from the newspaper and clip out what we want. On Mondays, we bring the leftover coupons to work and tell each other which ones we were interested in. Then, we trade off. And it works out well because while some of them have children, I don’t. And while I have cats, some co-workers don’t. And, of course, everyone has their own preference for name brand food products.
Photo editor Natalee Waters delivered a small stack to me last week with the words, “that’s nine dollars worth of savings!” Indeed, much of my savings at the store yesterday came from the exchange. Three dollars off some contact lens solution, three dollars off some disposable razors, a free tube of Crest, 45 cents off cheese, 25 cents off juice… it all adds up in the end!
If you are looking to save money on the grocery bill, consider a coupon exchange with coworkers, neighbors, church members or other members of your moms’ club. If you find a better way to do it than we have, please pass that on. And if you have other great coupon tips, please share!