Coupons are a great way to save money, but knowing how to use them can make a huge difference in the amount you are saving. I do not ever step foot in WalMart. I hate that place! I shop at Publix and Target (occasionally Winn Dixie if there is a good sale) and can still keep our family food budget under $400 without much effort. I would love to see that number creep down to $250 per month for our family of 4.
Both Publix and Target produce store coupons. Publix accepts competitor coupons (Winn Dixie for me–but varies by store). Most of Publix’s store coupons are found in booklets available in the store, so keep an eye out. They also have coupons you can load to your Publix account online and then you enter your phone number at checkout to redeeem them, but these are usually manufacturer coupons. Target’s store coupons are available on their website mixed in with manufacturer coupons. Both Publix and Target will accept one store coupon AND one manufacturer coupon per item. There are also a few other great free printable coupon options online.
I don’t subscribe to the weekly paper, so I miss out on the coupons. If I know there is one I want multiples of, I order it from The Coupon Clippers. They are a coupon clipping service that charges $0.05-$0.20 per coupon plus a small shipping fee. For me, it’s totally worth it to not have to waste so much precious time hunting down and clipping the coupons!
The following are websites I consistently use each week:
- Target Store Coupons
- Publix Digital Coupons
- The Coupon Clippers
- I Heart Publix (coupon+sale match-ups)
- Totally Target (sale alerts and coupon+sale match-ups)