Ok, so here comes the info about exactly what you need to do with coupons to get the most groceries for the least coin.
If you read the first part of the article, you are more than likely wondering why I covered the principles of unit pricing, organization and keeping a well stocked pantry and freezer first. The truth is that mastering these three techniques first will really help you to reap the rewards of heavy coupon use. Don't worry that these three principles will take a lot of time. You really only need to be aware of them for the first couple of shopping trips and after awhile they will become second nature to you from there on out.
Are you ready to get started saving some cash this week? I thought so.
OK, here's the scoop. Of all the grocery couponing strategies, the one you need to pay the most attention to is that to get tons of free stuff and / or deeply discounted groceries, you will need tons of coupons. I'm not kidding. For any product you buy regularly, you should have no less than 3 coupons per item. Here's why. If you find a really good deal, like either pennies on the dollar or totally free, you will want to buy as many as you can to save as much as you can. Really, this is how the coupon super shoppers do it. Take a look in their carts and you will always see deeply discounted products in multiples of at least two or three. Principle number one is you need tons of coupons, multiple like coupons to be exact.
Principle number two is also really important. Never buy anything unless it either free or very close to it. You really should pass on everything else. If it is not on sale, simply refuse to buy. Since every item in the store is generally on sale once ever three to six weeks, you can see how important it is to keep your pantry and freezers full. You will have a lot larger variety of either deeply discounted or free foods to work with from week to week.
Principle number three is also really important. In order to get the best deals and biggest variety, you need to shop every week. Yeah, I know most of us don't want to go that often, but you need milk, eggs and produce that often anyway right. Here's what I do. If the sales are not so good that week, I buy the minimum and go home. You see. I only shop to restock my pantry. If the sales are lousy or I don't need anything else, I buy my perishables for the week and move on.
Now, this might look like it takes a lot of time at first, but it really does not. In a month or so you will happily be saving 50-70% off your food bills and shopping in the same amount of time it takes you now or less.
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