10 Places I Find Coupons In The Grocery Store

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I reluctantly became a grocery shopping coupon “expert” a few years ago when I made a bet with my sister and told her that I I thought I could eat well only spending $1 a day for food. I managed to succeed doing it through the use of coupons, but I never really enjoyed the effort it took to gather, cut and sort all of them. I continue to greatly dislike most aspects of couponing to this day (while it can definitely save money, it’s just not how I want to spend the free time I have), but there is one aspect of what I learned which I still take advantage of when I do go shopping. That is using the coupons which can be found inside the grocery store. While most people get the


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52 Responses to 10 Places I Find Coupons In The Grocery Store

  1. These are awesome tips that I forgot about. I have used the “blinkies” coupons many times, along with the checkout coupons, but the others I didn’t even know about. Thanks Jeffrey.

  2. maria says:

    this would be great. baby #1 due in feb!

  3. Deb Anderson says:

    I look for unadvertised in store specials

  4. Tamra H says:

    We clip coupons, and stock up on meat the week of big sales.

  5. Cassandra McCann says:

    i try to buy no name brands unless they have a killer deal

  6. jay says:

    When I went to traditional grocery stores, I used all the tricks/tips/coupons you mention. However, I now practice “zero waste” and “buy local” shopping techniques (see The Zero Waste Home blog and forum).
    Using these techniques and practices, my food expenses have plummeted and we eat 100% better.

    Thanks for the GiveAway offer!

  7. Kelly R. says:

    Take a list with me and stick to it.

  8. Colleen Boudreau says:

    I cut/print coupons.

  9. The best thing I do to save money while grocery shopping is I don’t go when I’m hungry. That avoids a host of impulse purchases that I’d be way more susceptible to making if I were hungry. It’s not new advice, but it’s good advice!

  10. Actually, I don’t congrat you on eating on $1 a day. For that price you are going to get bad nutrition. Instead of focussing on JUST price, I heartily suggest concentrating on BETTER NUTRITION. A better diet costs more, but does not have to be alot more.

    As Pollan says, “Buy food your grandmother would recognize.”

    That means stuff that grew from the ground. Or that has not changed shape or color. Or does not come in a box or bag or can.

    I do not grind my own wheat flour, however, I do make my own cookies, my own chili, my own soup and spaghetti sauce.

    Cook from scratch with staples and you’ll be much much better off nutritionally and save money in the long run.

    And yes, those staples are on discount plenty year round.

  11. Jenny says:

    I live in Canada and we do not have nearly as many types of coupons here, but still enough to be worth it.

    My biggest way to save money is to buy items when they are on sale. I always check the flyers for sales before shopping, and plan my list and meals around that (plus what I already have). And when something is on sale for a really good price, I stock up. It doesn’t make sense to me to buy one 2$ box of cereal this week, then spend 4$ on them for each of the next three weeks.

  12. tracy simms says:

    I use instore coupons alot, buy store brand products sometimes and online coupons when I can..thanks

  13. Amy W. says:

    I use coupons and only buy what’s on my list.

  14. Lisa R says:


  15. Sheila Laurence says:

    I make a menu before going and follow my list.

  16. Ellie W says:

    I clip coupons, shop sales, and price match.

  17. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    I use coupons and look at ads before I go to get the sales for the store. I do use coupons that are stuck on products a lot.

  18. Joni Mason says:

    I check all the local grocery store circulars and match coupons to items I need. I also fill up my gas tank with the fuel perks rewards of 1 of my local stores. I also buy in bulk whenever possible.
    Thanks you for the great tips!!!
    Thanks SO much for the giveaway!!!

  19. KIM H says:

    I stick to a list

  20. Teri Newton says:

    We find it easiest to shop around sales (at our particular grocery store – very good sales prices). BUT, we are often offered “spend x dollars, get $10 off next purchase” and are always offered “spend x dollars, save y dollars per gallon on gas.” So we tend to do larger shopping trips to take advantage (once a week or so, versus doing smaller trips). Our gas prices are better than Costco – best of all you don’t need a membership of any kind. If you spend the money, you get the coupon with your receipt. I really like that compared to all the other store rewards programs. Feels less “Big Brother.”

  21. Stephanie P says:

    I try to stick to a list, and look at local ads and couponing web sites before I go.

  22. Mike says:

    In-store coupons are definitely worth it. I always forget the peelies as well. . . good idea to keep them separate to remind yourself to remind the cashier.

  23. Gail Williams says:

    I use sales in the stores with double MF coupons off stack with the individual store’s coupon. BOGO store offers with an additional coupon makes some items nearly free.

  24. Vonnie says:

    I use coupons on already low markdown groceries! Thanks for the giveaway :-)

  25. Gailete says:

    After reading about the great deals that you got on your $1 a day for food blog, I started keeping a close eye on CVS. It has become my ‘other’ grocery store. I generally get my best deals on coffee, cereal, and toilet paper through them using my bonus card, bonus bucks and the specials that they give. Anything where brand isn’t importatn, I get the CVS brand and even if it isn’t on ‘sale’ I get an instant 20% back with my CVS card. From CVS email offers, I automatically have percent off coupons loaded to my card so I don’t have to remember to take them to the store (don’t have to print them either). I also take advantage of surverys, etc. that they send me. A few weekes ago I got $5 bonus bucks for doing a survey. They also sent me bonus bucks for a birthday paresent. Until I started buying froceries at the drugstore, I figured that stuff sat there for years and was expensive. Now I know at least what I buy is fresh since it gets wiped out every week. You also can print out coupons from the CVS site, but I haven’t found them as beneficial to me.

  26. Kimberly says:

    to avoid spending extra $ when grocery shopping, I stay out of the aisles and just go the outer perimeter of the store

  27. Excited to be taking part in this giveaway with you! Nice blog post, too – I haven’t seen anyone do anything close to it today. Coupons are by far the best way to save money on groceries. Match them up with deals and it’s a killer combination 😉

  28. I try to look through the circular before I shop and match coupons with items that are already on sale.

  29. Jacqueline says:

    I go to grocerycouponguide.com to get my couponing started before every shopping trip.

  30. Wendy Kroy says:

    Load coupons onto my rewards card thru my store’s smartphone app.

  31. Katrina says:

    I use several strategies to save. I clip coupons, plan my menu to what’s on sale and coordinate my shopping on Wednesday, which is double sale day at my local grocer.

  32. Judy says:

    I look to see what’s on sale before I shop, and as much as possible, I use coupons in combination with the sale. Most recently, Kroger had a special on Chex cereal: 2 for $4; buy 4 and get a gallon of regular milk on a 1/2 gallon of organic (which I use. I had two coupons for $1 off two boxes of Chex, so I got four boxes of Chex for $1.50 each plus a 1/2 gallon of milk for free!

  33. Dawn Justice says:

    I try to buy only the necessities (not always easy),and I use coupons any time I get the chance.

  34. Laura says:

    I get coupons in the Sunday paper, and I subscribe to the newspaper for free using airline miles – good deal!

  35. Allan says:

    I go to the stores where I know everything is cheaper.

  36. Mari says:

    Jeffrey, I miss your writing. I followed your Thanksgiving story a few years ago and I think of it every year since. Catalinas got you to your goal! You always have good information. Keep writing.

  37. Rosey says:

    We try to match coupons with sales to save even more.

  38. jay says:

    Use a list!

  39. jay says:

    Shop only once a week.

  40. Teresa says:

    I try to buy only what is on sale, the sales rotate so I usually buy enough to last 8 weeks and never have to pay full price for most items.

  41. BlackAsphodel says:

    I don’t go shopping with an empty stomach.

  42. Peter says:

    I try use coupons and wait for sales to save money.

  43. Kathleen Quinlan says:


  44. bill elliott says:

    I use coupons and watch out forlocal sales

  45. Gloria says:

    i only wish these coupons weren’t mostly for name brand….

  46. Jessica Dunn says:

    I use coupons and buy the cheapest brands whenever possible.

  47. Daniel M says:

    coupons and look for sales and bogos

  48. Brianne says:

    I make a grocery list and stick to it!

  49. Jeannie McCormick says:

    I use coupons and check the store flyers to see if anything on my list is on sale.

  50. Susan Smith says:

    I use a list, use coupons, buy products on sale and don’t go shopping hungry.

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