Thursday, September 30, 2010

Whip Your Grocery Budget Into Shape: Be on the lookout for coupons

Welcome to the second major series of posts on Frugal Made Fun! Each week, I'll post 1-2 tips on how to develop your own plan to save money on groceries. I'm going to start with some of the most basic, easiest things you can do to save money, and then progress from there. You can take as much or little advice as you like. As the series progresses, a little more work may be involved, but you will definitely save more money.

Not only is the grocery store a great place to use coupons, it's a great place to find coupons too! Be on the lookout for coupons throughout your grocery store on your next visit. Here are some different kinds of coupons that can be found in various stores:

Blinkies: These are little black mounts near different products in the store. They're called "blinkies" because they usually have a little red light that blinks and when you pull out a coupon, another one pops up.
Tearpads: There are exactly like they sound. Found in front of whatever product the coupon is for. Just tear one off!
Peelies: These are coupons found on the actual package. I never take/use these unless I actually purchase the object.
Display stands: Don't breeze past display stands, sometimes they have sheets of coupons for products in or near the stand.

Be sure to look inside boxes and packages before recycling them or throwing them away. Occasionally manufacturer's put coupons on the inside of packaging.

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