Saving Advice has this post: Getting the most out of coupons. There are tips useful both to coupon rookies and coupon veterans. Even though this is a national blog, the list translates very well to local shopping tactics.

A snippet:

I frequently hear people say that they don’t use coupons because they don’t buy prepackaged foods, which is what many coupons are for. That’s fine, but there are also coupons for toiletries, cleaning products, pet items, juices, baking products, and many other things. You may not buy many prepackaged foods, but there are coupons out there that will be of use to you. You don’t have to clip every coupon in the paper; just know what you buy in all areas of your life and look for coupons that match your preferences.

Now, The Monroe Evening News’ Sunday edition is $1.50 rack price. (You’re better off getting home delivery than buying a newspaper single-copy if you are in search of coupons, but we’ll use the single-copy sales price for the math assignment.)

Given the fact that many (although not all) of the Monroe-area grocery stores double coupon values up to 50 cents, it would take only two or three coupons redeemed each week for you to recover more than the cost of the newspaper purchase and start racking up the savings.

Keep in mind that sales cycles vary and expiration dates for coupons are fairly short. You may find the best price + coupon to be the same week that the coupon is issued, but it could also happen two or three weeks after the coupon.

Just pay attention to the grocery and drug store fliers every week, so you know when to walk into the store with a fully-stocked coupon box and get the best possible prices.

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