11. Study your grocery store’s selling patterns for sales
Grocery store sales often occur in patterns.
For example, we know of a store that puts ice-cream on a “buy one, get one free” sale on the third week of every month.
On the first week, it’s only a dollar off.
Learn the patterns and hold off buying these items until you know that they’ll be at their rock-bottom prices then buy enough to last you until the great sale runs again.
12. Splurge on extra newspapers
If your Sunday newspaper offers a high-value coupon for an item you buy often, it may be worth the cost to buy extra copies of the paper for extra coupons, or to ask neighbours if you can have the coupon inserts from their papers.
This is particularly worthwhile if you know that an item you want is a “buy one, get one free” sale; you can then get four for the price of two and have ample supplies in your pantry.
13. Go online to save
More and more websites are offering coupons you can print out.
Before you go shopping, log on to the internet and, in your favourite search engine, put in the name of a product on your shopping list, plus the word “coupon”.
Just be careful – some sites want lots of personal information in exchange for access to coupons or discounts.
Read the fine print and be sure it is a reputable website before surrendering personal info.