Below you’ll find printable grocery coupons from major manufacturers. These work like regular paper coupons in most cases, although some grocery stores may limit the number you can use in one visit. But they are manufacturers’ coupons, just like the ones you clip from the Sunday paper!
Links to a few of the best coupon sites:
- Coupon Network
- Target Printable Grocery Coupons
- Sunday Coupon Preview (Find out what coupons will be in Sunday’s paper.)
Many readers of Wichita on the Cheap are interested in learning more about saving money with grocery coupons. I’d like to give an outline of the basic concept and address a few common questions, and then I’ll send you off to other sites where there is a LOT more information to be had.
Stacking, Matching, and Stockpiling
Stockpiling is buying more of an item when it is really cheap. Experienced couponers think ahead and try to purchase a quantity that will last their families until that item goes on sale again (usually about 3 months). That does not mean you have to buy 800 bottles of sports drinks, unless your family all plays for an NFL team. You don’t have to be an extreme couponer to stockpile, and you don’t want to try to accumulate a stockpile all in one grocery shopping trip. You’ll go broke! The point is to save money with coupons.
Matching and stacking The best way to save with coupons is to match coupons with a sale. Sometimes buying a name-brand product with a 35¢ coupon is still more expensive than just picking up the generic version. But if that name-brand product is on sale AND you have a coupon, you could be getting a great deal. Keep an eye on the store ads to see what’s on sale each week, and browse the printable coupons here at Wichita on the Cheap to see if you can find a coupon to match.
Stacking means using two different coupons on one product–for example, combining a store coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon–to get the best price. The opportunities to stack coupons seem to be decreasing, but keep your eyes open. They do come around once in a while! It’s important to remember that just because you get a coupon from a store doesn’t mean it’s a store coupon. Some of the ones that print out at the register will say “Manufacturer’s Coupon” along the top. That’s not a store coupon.
Matching and stacking coupons can yield savings up to 100%. That isn’t a typo. You can end up with free (or better) products in your cart. (Experienced couponers who are reading this will be nodding their heads knowingly.) Is that honest? If you’re following all the rules on the coupons and abiding by the store’s coupon policy, then yes.
If you still need some reassurance, check your favorite store’s coupon policy. I spoke at length with a representative of Dillons asking specific questions about what is and isn’t okay. After getting the answers, she kindly sent me a written coupon policy so I could let others know: Dillons Coupon Guidelines You can see that they understand how many folks use coupons, and yet they still want us to shop at their stores. We do need to watch out for a few things though, like fraudulent coupons that look legitimate, or coupons well past their expiration dates (because the store can’t get reimbursed by the manufacturer for those). But otherwise, if you’re following all the rules, you should be able to feel good about the money you’re saving. It’s an honest investment of your time and mental energy.
But it does require a time investment. I’ve experienced seasons of my life where I’ve had to sacrifice some savings at the grocery store just to get everything done in a day. However, I’ve also met single moms who have 3 kids and 2 jobs and still find time to clip and organize and shop, so I know it can be done. If you don’t have much time but still want to give it a go, I’ve got a resource or two for you as well.
First, some frequently asked questions:
- Does Dillons double coupons? They did, until August 20, 2013. Now they will accept coupons at face value, including Internet printable coupons. Their digital coupons and the smartphone app are real timesavers.
- Does Dillons accept Internet printable coupons? Yes again! Your printable coupons have to be legitimate, of course, with the barcode intact and readable by their scanners. It does not matter whether they are printed in color or black and white. Managers have the right at Dillons to not accept any coupon they think is fraudulent, but I’ve used plenty of manufacturers’ printable coupons at Dillons without a single problem. They’re great about it.
- Where can I find coupons? Almost anywhere, including the Sunday paper, magazines (especially All You), the manufacturer’s website (and its Facebook page), the store’s website, and major Internet coupon providers. The top three printable coupon providers are Coupons.com, RedPlum.com, and Coupon Network by Catalina.
- What are digital coupons? These are “paperless” coupons you can load onto your shopper’s card. They are great, but have two serious shortcomings: 1) They don’t double and 2) If you load a digital coupon onto your shopper’s card, you can’t use a paper coupon for that item. (One notable exception to this is SavingStar!) This is a problem when you have a paper coupon that is worth more than the value of the digital coupon. On the other hand, some people don’t want to bother with paper coupons, but they wouldn’t mind saving a little money. You can find digital coupons at Cellfire.com, SavingStar (which will stack), P&G eSaver, or at the Dillons website.
Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey: Save Big Money & Make the Grocery Aisle your Catwalk!, by the Krazy Coupon Lady
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