How to save with grocery coupons
You can save significant money on your grocery shopping using coupons,
but you need to be careful about which ones you use and where to use
them. Here are some tips:
- When using coupons, shop at stores that offer double and triple
coupons. The base price of an item might be slightly higher at such
stores, but usually, a doubled coupon will more than make up for that
difference. But be careful, many stores have either discountinued
their double and triple coupon programs, or they have changed the
rules so that they really are not doubling coupons - even if the
continue to post big banners saying double coupons. Read about Ralphs
- Don't always use you coupons when they first come out. Sometimes
the stores prices will be higher then to compensate (they expect you
might have a coupon, and set the price so that after applying coupon
you still get a good deal, although not always a great deal). Save
the coupon and use it a few weeks later when the item goes on sale at
the supermarket, and you might end up getting the item for free.
Advertised Double Coupons that Aren't
Many of the stores that hae offered doule coupons in the past are
either discountining the program, or effectivly discountining the
program by placing so many restrictions or limits on the value that it
is effectivly no longer double coupons, even if the store tries to
confuse customer into thinking that it is.
One such devaluation recently is by the Ralphs chain, owned by Kroger.
They used to double up to three coupons for the same item, up to one
dollar, meaning a $1 coupon saved you $2, and a $1.50 coupon saved you
$2.50 (i.e. they doubled the first dollar of the coupon). Over the
past couple of years, they reduced the number of like coupons they
would double to one (not an unreasonable limit), but more recently
they have implemented a new double coupon policy that in my opinion is
so limiting that they should not even be allowed to call it double
coupons - though they advertise it as double coupons anyway, and in
the fine print explain what they mean by double. That is shameful -
if they want to drop the program, they should at least own up to it
and admit the fact.
They now only double one coupon up to $0.50. But worse, for coupons
over $0.50 they don't even doublt the first fifty cents. Instead they
only increase the valueof the coupon to $1.00. This means that if you
have a $1 coupon, guess what it is worth, exaclty $1, i.e. no value
added at all. Of course they are withintheir right to set the policy
however they want - but they should stop calling it DOUBLE COUPONS.