Grocery Coupons Are More Important Then Ever

21
June

If you have been struggling to buy enough food for you and your family to eat, then you have probably tried to think of many different ways that you might save money on groceries. Perhaps you recently lost your job, and you simply don’t have as much extra money to spend on the basic necessities of life. Maybe you have managed to keep your job in this tough economy, but your spouse hasn’t been quite as lucky. Unemployment insurance can help for a while, but times can grow extremely tough once it runs out. Maybe you haven’t lost your job, but you have noticed that your dollar doesn’t stretch nearly as far as it used to. Whereas you used to be able to buy a loaf of bread for a few nickels, you now have to pay more than a dollar.

One of the best ways to save money on food in these situations is to bring your family to a soup kitchen. There are many organizations, such as the Salvation Army, that offer free meals to needy families every single day. This is the safety net that society has provided for people in your situation. These meals are often extremely nutritious, and they are always served by a smiling and well-meaning volunteer staff. If you don’t want to turn to charity, you can always apply to the government for help. Rather than relying on charitable donations like the soup kitchens, the government raises money through taxes from its citizenry to provide help to people like you. Many people like this program, because they can use their food stamps at any grocery or convenience store near their home.

If you still do have a bit of your own money, there is still one last refuge for the person who needs to get their grocery bill back under control. This technique has been around for decades, but today it is quickly gaining in popularity. This is the method of clipping coupons to use at the grocery store when you go shopping there. Today, grocery coupons are more important than ever. Here are a few ways that you can use them to save money.

The first type of grocery coupon you want to pay attention to are manufacturers coupons. These are coupons that are produced by the manufacturer of a particular brand or product in order to induce you to buy their product instead of their competitor’s. For example, if you enjoy eating cereal for breakfast, then you might want to keep an eye out for General Mills coupons. These coupons will sometimes give you a discount of a dollar or more when you buy a box of General Mills cereal. At other times, they may have a “buy one, get one free” coupon. One of the best aspects of manufacturer coupons is that you can use them at any store you might want to go to.

Another type of grocery coupon are those which are provided by the grocery store themselves. While different brands are busy competing with each other by offering manufacturer coupons, the retail outlets like grocery stores are also busy competing with each other by offering deep discounts on their products. All this competition means that you can choose the best price and save money. Some grocery stores even go so far as to honor their competitors’ coupons. This means that if you find a coupon for bread at a particular store, you can bring that coupon to another store and still receive the discount. An example of a store that follows this policy is Walmart. Walmart already has many products priced lower than their competitors. Since they will also take their competitors’ coupons and also match any advertised competitor price, many people like shopping there in order to save money.

Times are getting tough, but there are still strategies you can follow in order to save money. Just start looking for coupons, and keep your spirits up. Things will turn around for you sooner or later.

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jason – who has written posts on Budget Clowns.
Father of three and married to a lovely women. Always looking for ways to save money, and invest it properly for my children's future.

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