Monday, April 28, 2008

Where to get free online printable grocery coupons

There are a lot of sites out there for all types of coupons, but today I’ll be focusing on printable online coupons specifically for groceries. The key to using coupons successfully is organization. There are some things you should do before you start using the websites:

  1. Before you sign up for these sites, I recommend that you create a free e-mail account especially for this purpose. The last thing you want is to sign up for a bunch of websites who will fill your everyday e-mail in box with spam. Of course, you’ll also need a printer and paper so you can immediately print the coupons.
  1. Allocate an hour or so to signing up to the various sites and write down your passwords in a place you’ll remember so you can quickly go back and obtain coupons each week. If you don’t think you’ll get around to making a record of your passwords, since you’re not exchanging credit card information, you may want to standardize your passwords so you don’t have to remember a bunch of them. When you sign up at the sites, you may need to download their free printer software, so it will initially take a few minutes to set up, but once you’re set up, you can go in and print out coupons as often as you like. Also, many of the sites run on the same software, so you may only have to download it once.
  1. Refer to my blog dated April 25th regarding organizing your coupons in a file.

Many of the sites list the same products at the same time. The downside to that is that it can get repetitive. The upside is that if you see a product that you could use a lot of, you can go to one site and print some coupons and then once you’ve reached your maximum printable limit at that site, you can go to another website and print more.

I go in to the free coupon sites once every couple of weeks to browse and see what they have. I then print some coupons and put them in my coupon file. It’s a great way to supplement the coupons you clipped from your local newspaper.

Free coupons:

Purchase coupons:

    • – you can purchase coupons for a minimal fee. For example, if you’re loyal to a certain product, you can try to find coupons for that item (I go there to stock up on coupons for diapers, Dove soap, etc.). I recently saw a coupon for $1 off organic milk in my local newspaper (an expensive product which isn’t often discounted). A couple of days later, I logged on to this site and ordered a bunch of the coupons so that we can buy our milk at a discount for the next couple of months.

Other ways to get coupons:

    • Google – do a search by product name.
    • Your local store’s website – see if you can sign up to get online coupons or receive their flyers.
    • Entertainment book. I have the Atlanta version of the Entertainment book. It’s $15 right now and provides discounts off your Kroger grocery bill each month until November 08.

If you find any great other grocery coupon websites, let me know!

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