Monday Morning Grocery Challenge: Coupons Only Baby!
When you hit the grocery store this week, only allow yourself to buy items you have coupons for. So instead of buying one brand of pasta noodles, you buy the other brand you have a coupon for, which makes it the better deal. Being brand loyal can really kill a budget fast (check out last week’s grocery challenge for Buying Generic).
If you don’t have coupons for some of the “Staple items”, such as milk or bread, allow yourself a set number of items you are allowed to buy without a coupon, such as 3 or 5. And stick to it!
Bonus tip #1: If you findout which stores have double coupon days, it will pay to shop there… literally! You could find yourself getting items for free once the coupon value is doubled. So that $1 off coupon you have for a package of pasta noodles that is normally $1.99, once the coupon is doubled, that item is FREE!
Bonus tip #2: If you see in-store coupons that companies have on in-store displays, you can grab some even if you don’t plan to buy the item during that shopping trip.Â You can save them for later when you might need to buy it, or you can save them to coupon swap with others for items you want coupons for.