Couponing… The Realistic Way

Guide to Realistic Couponing |

It’s time to accept it. Couponing really does save lots of money!  But if you’re like me, you’re reluctant because…

  • You don’t have lots of free time to sacrifice
  • You don’t want a garage-sized stock pile of junk
  • You have no interest in rescuing coupons from the dumpster

I found a way to avoid all of those things!  With coupons, we save about $30-40 a month and I only spend about an hour total – normally in front of the TV.


So here is my short secret to keep it practical…

Coupon Resources

Sign up for Sunday Coupon Preview
This website has a list of coupons that will be in the Sunday paper.  I get the email and decide if it’s worth the money for the paper. If there is a week with all 3 flyers (Smart Source, RedPlum, and P&G), it is always worth it.

Print Online Coupons from
You can also check out these sites for other unique coupons.
Grocery Coupon Cart, Red Plum, SmartSource, Walmart, Target

  • If you only use one, make it  It has the most coupons available.
  • Get the Grocery Coupon Cart email.  They alert you when new coupons are posted.
  • You will need to download a plug-in and have your printer hooked up at the time you print, because they send them directly to the printer. This is so that they can limit the number of copies you print.

Use Digital Coupons
Kroger and Meijer have digital coupons to load to your shopper ID.  Save time by doing this on your phone with the Kroger app.  Digital coupons take precedence over a paper coupon, so read further to check out store policies.


Coupon the easy way |

Couponing Method

Get a Coupon Organizer
Find a system that works for YOU and helps you see expiration dates. Get something you can take with you – like an accordion file or notebook. I use a binder with page protectors and business card dividers. I put that trip’s coupons in the front page, ready for check out.

Make a Pricing List
I regularly shop at 2-3 stores, depending their prices. I can’t always remember, so I keep a small price list of items I regularly buy. When something is on sale, I check my list to see if it really is a good deal. Keeping a note on your phone makes it convenient.

Learn Coupon Policies
Ask your store or check their website for details. Some Kroger stores double paper coupons up to $0.50 (equalling $1 off). Kroger, Walmart, and Target also accept printed coupons from the internet. Meijer and Target allow stacking (using both a manufacture and store coupon for one item).  Here are some store policies for the specifics:
Kroger, Walmart, Target, Meijer

Principles of Balance

  • Spend as much time as you can allow. Some weeks, it may be easier to spend the extra money than sacrifice time.  That’s okay!
  • Don’t buy things you don’t need because it’s a deal. You don’t save money if you’re spending more.

If you want to devote more time, there is a lot of information out there.  Coupon Mom is a good place to start.

What are other resources you like to use?

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