How I Prepare for a Couponing Trip

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

Since I started posting my grocery store couponing hauls on Instagram, I’ve been getting a lot of feedback on how great it is and what amazing savings I’m getting, and many people wishing they could do what I do. You can and I’m going to give you some tips!


Yesterday was my latest haul and while it wasn’t my biggest, I still kicked butt. In fact, I saved a lot more than I had expected. Even the cashier and people in line behind me were amazed and in awe.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

In fact, I got into a little conversation with the woman behind me about where I get my coupons and just the store’s general coupon policy. She was asking me so many questions and I was trying to answer them all, while at the same time trying to make sure the cashier didn’t skip over any of my coupons (they sometimes stick together), haha. So this inspired me to write a post just giving you some info about how I do my couponing and what I do to prepare for a trip to the grocery store.

Store’s Coupon Policy

Now, I’ll tell you, when I lived in FL I wasn’t as coupon rich as I am now. I still used coupons, but didn’t save nearly as much as I do now living in NJ. The reason is simple. FL stores do not double coupons or at least none of the one’s in my area did. But now that I’ve discovered ShopRite and its amazing coupon policy, I’m able to make my coupons go further. So my first suggestion is to check out the coupon policies for the stores in your general area.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

I love ShopRite because they have digital coupons that you electronically add to your shopper card, and many of those coupons are duplicates of the exact same coupons that can be printed online. And for each item you buy you can use both a digital coupon and a printed manufacturer coupon. That alone is double savings.

To make it even sweeter, for any coupon with a face value less than $1.00, ShopRite will double it (given it’s a coupon that allows for doubling and in my experience most of them are). This means if I have a coupon worth $0.75, ShopRite doubles it, saving me $1.50.

THIS, my friends, is how I save the bulk of my money using coupons. It all boils down to the store’s coupon policy.

Store Ad

Now that I know what I’m looking at in terms of the store’s coupon policy, my next task is to browse the store’s weekly sales ad. This is where I start every single week. I look for and simply take note of sales of items that my family enjoys and uses. I find that looking through the sales first makes it a little easier for me to gather what I need to get the savings.

Coupons

To be coupon rich you have to have coupons, right? I get asked often (even in the grocery store) where I get all my coupons and quite simply, I print them at home. I haven’t gotten a Sunday newspaper, which offers tons of great coupons, in about a year. But if you do get a Sunday newspaper, then you’re more ahead of the couponing game than you think.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

Personally, all of my coupons are printed online and the majority are printed from InboxDollars. What I love about InboxDollars is that for each coupon I print and actually redeem, I earn $0.10. That’s not something offered by other coupon sites.

I don’t factor these earnings into my total haul savings when I post them because it takes a little while for these to show up. They aren’t added to your InboxDollars account until the store sends the coupons to the manufacturer for payment and when that’s done varies from store to store. On average it takes about 30 days for me to see these earnings show up in my account.

Rebates

Aside from coupons, I also save money by submitting my shopping receipts for rebates. I use Ibotta, Saving Star, Checkout 51 and MobiSave the most. The great thing about Saving Star is that just like ShopRite’s digital coupons, Saving Star rebates are sometimes the exact same as the coupons I can print.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

For example, yesterday I purchased Dial body wash. I printed a coupon valued at $1.50, ShopRite had the same digital coupon, and Saving Star had the same rebate. That’s $4.50 in savings. How much did the body wash cost? $3.49 – I got it for free plus made an extra $1.01!

The other great thing about Saving Star is that I can link my ShopRite shopper card number and the rebates will automatically be processed within a few days of my purchase. So this is one app I don’t have to manually submit my receipt to, like I have to do with Ibotta, Checkout 51 and MobiSave. But I love them all and use them all the time!

Shopping List

My last step before heading to the store is preparing a shopping list. After browsing the sales ad, seeing what coupons are available for printing and seeing what rebates are available, I can determine which items I can get a great deal on.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

My shopping list consists of what the item is, along with its regular or sale price. I then detail where all my savings are coming from, whether a printed coupon, ShopRite digital coupon, or rebate. This helps me figure out what my final price is for each item. I also use it as a tool to ensure I have all the printed and digital coupons ready to go. I mean, I’m doing all this work to save as much as I can and when every penny counts, I have to make sure I’ve got everything I need when I get to the store.

And to be honest, if I didn’t make a list I’d get to the store and forget half of what I wanted to get.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

In a nut shell, this is how I coupon and save the money I do. I really only do major couponing like this at ShopRite, but do still coupon at other stores. Other store coupon policies just aren’t as great as ShopRite’s!

Are you ready to get started? Check out InboxDollars and the rebate apps to see what kinds of savings are available and get to it!

Are you ready to be coupon rich?

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18 thoughts on “How I Prepare for a Couponing Trip

  1. I always say I don’t have time for all that but its just an excuse for being too lazy. My sister, on the other hand is in the running for coupon queen. She amazes me at the savings and rebates she gets and always gets twice as much as I do for nearly all the same products. Reading stories like yours motivates me to try harder.

    1. It is very time consuming to do. It can take me hours to really prepare for a trip to the store, but I only do it once a week. And actually, I didn’t go the past 2-3 weeks because I just needed a break.

  2. ShopRite sounds amazing – buying stuff for free and getting money back on it too just wouldn’t happen in the UK. There would be all these terms and conditions so you couldn’t get deals like this, but that’s some amazing savings you’ve made! Well donw

  3. Couponing isn’t really a thing in the UK. It’s more about price comparing websites and loyalty cards to maybe entitle you to offers etc. I think it’s important to save and look at where you buy from, and places to possibly save x

  4. I’m addicted to watching other people coupon! Sadly, I’ve become allergic to just about every processed food and beauty product on the planet, so I’m rarely able to find coupons for the things I can eat and use. I found that apps like iBotta do occasionally have coupons for things like organic body wash, but when I go into the local store that’s supposed to carry them that store does not have the product. Do you ever find discounts on fresh produce?

    1. Ibotta, Checkout 51, Mobisave and Saving Star all have rebates on fresh produce. Things like lettuce, apples, cucumbers, carrots, zucchini, bananas, onions, etc. The produce item(s) typically change every week, but I like to use them when I see them because you don’t really find produce savings otherwise. There is a printable coupon available on InboxDollars or Coupons.com for avocados, but I haven’t seen any actual coupons for fresh produce unless it’s a store issued coupon.

  5. I used to get some awesome hauls and was able to make quite a large amount of donations and gave away a ton of stuff to friends who I knew were struggling. I travel all the time now, so it’s a lot harder to plan where I shop, but I looooved couponing. It was actually very relaxing to plan out the trips.

  6. Thanks so much for sharing. In New York we don’t have coupons but I normally go to Walmart in NJ and they do coupons but don’t double them. I’m going to see what’s the closest Shoprite next to me the next time I have to do the shopping.

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