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best grocery store in mn to get best deal with coupons?

Question by Ann G: best grocery store in mn to get best deal with coupons?
I am starting to try to use more grocery coupons and want to know the best store to get the best deals using coupons. Rainbow foods is the only store that doubles coupons but only up to ten and only on certain days and you have to spend $ 25. How do people get hundreds of dollars of stuff for pennies and where do they shop that lets you double that many coupons at once? I want to get serious about couponing but can”t see spending $ 25 just to double 10 coupons.

Best answer:

Answer by Chris
Hey Ann. Really, the choice of store isn’t what’s important. I have my own system that works very well for saving money at the grocery store. As a dad who is in charge of the grocery shopping, I consistently save 30%-35% each week, sometimes 40%. And, keep in mind, it’s more than JUST coupons….and it’s EASY, so hear me out.

Here is what I do.

1. Shop at the same store every week. One time! It’s not worth your time or the savings to chase a sale item across town at a competitor’s store. Besides, that same item will most likely be on sale at “your” store next week or the week after. By shopping the same store every week, you’ll learn savings “patterns”. All stores have them. You’ll get a feel for when something is going to be on sale. Also, knowing your store’s “layout” is huge when it comes to saving big on your grocery bill.

With a few exceptions, store brands are just as good as National brands. Another $ $ $ $ $ saver!

Fresh veggies/salad: I buy all of the salad ingredients during my “once a week” shop. When I get home, my wife makes one huge salad (seals it in a large Rubbermaid container) and serves from it all week. Very convenient, because all the prep work is done for the week on shopping day. The salad stays MUCH fresher that way, too.

Meat. Shop when the store opens in the morning. In my store, a lot of the meat that is dated today or tomorrow is tagged by the meat manager with $ 2 or $ 3 off coupon. I always find deals on burger and steak this way. Buy it and either cook and eat it today or freeze it. The quality is equal to meat with a longer code.

2. Clip coupons from Sunday paper. I save at least $ 15 just from manufacturers coupons each week. Here is your first “nugget”: If the barcode of a coupon begins with the #9, it will not double. However, if it begins with the #5, it will automatically double, even it it the coupon states “DO NOT DOUBLE”. My store doubles all coupons up to $ .99.

You CAN get items for free (sometimes) if you pair the coupon with the item when it’s on sale….it’s all about timing.

Here is another “nugget” for you: You don’t need to use the coupon on the exact brand. You only need to use it on something from the same manufacturer or “family.” Obviously, it isn’t broadcasted to the consumer that this can be done, but it always works.

Example: I clip a coupon good for $ 4.00 off of a Venus razor (P&G company), which, as you probably know, are very pricey, maybe $ 10 or $ 15. I do this: wait until the P&G Venus disposables (3-pack) go on sale, which is frequently. Regular price: $ 7.99. Sale price: $ 5.99 less my $ 4.00 coupon: I pay $ 1.99. Not bad and it works each and every time. I do this all the time with “same family” coupons and save tons each month. No lie.

3. Internet coupons. Subscribe to Coupon Bug (couponbug.com). Free to join. The coupons change monthly and always feature coupons for items that I’m going to buy anyway. There are a bunch more sites, but I find that they all seem to feature the same coupons at the same time, so I see no sense in signing up for several.

4. Store coupons. At my store, they hand them out when they hand me my receipt.

5. Get the store sale circular and “do your homework” BEFORE going to the store. Absolutely a must. Build your grocery list (and meals for the week) around the sale items. Yes, I said “list”. NEVER go grocery shopping without a prepared list. It’s just stupid. The night before I go shopping, I have in front of me at the kitchen table: Store circular, all of my coupons, my “list in progress”, and, of course, a cold beverage. Plan your meals, snacks, beverages around sale items. It’s so easy. If something is not on sale this week, it, or something similar, will likely be on sale next week, so buy it then. Again….every store has sale “patterns.”

Leftovers from meals automatically become packed lunches for work or school. No waste, and my family loves leftovers (beats the heck out of a cold sandwich).

Here are 2 of my more recent shopping trips and the numbers:

Original total: $ 265.88

Savings: Sale savings: $ 57.06
MFG coupons: $ 10.85
Store coupons: $ 29.26

Total savings: $ 97.17 (36.5%)

New total: $ 168.71

Original total: $ 208.99

Savings: Sale savings: $ 46.03
MFG coupons: $ 5.00
Store coupons: $ 24.20

Total savings: $ 75.23 (36%)

New total: $ 133.76

It works if you prepare (do your homework). I’ve been doing this for years and I save thousands annually. It only takes me about an hour of my time to prepare, and, like I said, it’s a game and a challenge. All fun.

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