It used to be that thrifty spenders had to wait until Sunday to find out how to stretch the grocery budget. Coupons were available only when the Sunday morning paper hit the front porch. If you buy the newspaper just for the coupons it’s time to give the comics a try. In 1994 the internet was launched to the public, changing the way the world does business. In the 16 years since, it is estimated that 25% of the world accesses the internet on a daily basis. One big business is the use of “internet coupons”. Internet coupons are instantly available, and easy to obtain. If you choose to use internet coupons you need to be aware of a few rules.
1) Check with your favorite grocer to make sure they accept internet coupons.
2) Fully research your source.
3) Although coupons are a great way to save money only print what you will use.
4) Don’t be tempted to spend money on something you don’t need because there is a coupon available.
5) Make a list before you grocery shop and search the internet for coupons. Chances are you may find one.
6) Shop the ads and match up your coupons to enjoy even bigger savings.
7) Check your coupons frequently and remove expired ones
Like most things you should be somewhat cautious when searching for internet coupons. Fake “free” coupons are routinely distributed leaving both retailers and distributors somewhat leery. Counterfeit coupons are on the rise and they cost consumers a bundle each year. It’s comparative to shoplifting from a store. Only you aren’t being a willing bandit. Several medium and smaller grocery chains have had to refuse to accept internet coupons to avoid the risk of lost revenue. Another optional approach is to accept internet coupons, but refuse any coupon that is not accepted by the registers scanner.
So how do you know if you have a valid coupon without being embarrassed at the register? Compare the scan bar on the coupon to the scan bar on the product. They must match in order for the register to recognize the coupon. Often using this process won’t be accurate. Counterfeiters are becoming clever enough to get around scan bars. One positive way to be sure your coupon is not counterfeit, always print coupons directly from the products official website. In addition there are several reputable websites on the internet that offer hundreds of coupons. These sites only accept coupons from authorized distributors. Coupons.com, smartsource.com and redplum.com are full of savings. In addition to grocery coupons you can find retail coupons, dining savings, and even magazine subscription discounts. Check these websites frequently for newly added coupon savings.
Kraft, Proctor & Gamble, Betty Crocker and many others will allow you to sign up on there website and become a member. Once you do this you can opt to receive e-mail savings, and occasionally an offer for a free item. Coupons can also be found on facebook.com. Search a product you enjoy and like it on facebook.com. Once you like it check to see if there is a button for offers. If there isn’t one keep checking back. There could be one very soon. Target.com and Walmart.com also have exclusive savings coupons. Be sure to check Wal-Mart’s savings site to see what free samples they are offering. You can find free samples of shampoo, toothpaste and many health and beauty products. Not only are they free, they are easy to sign up for.
Several communities have popped up on the internet that will show you the best way to save. They will point you to a printable coupon and tell you were to save the most money using the coupon. They are dedicated people whose only goal is to save money on everything from electronics to a box of Cheerios. They have a community blog where your questions can be answered. Check your town’s news sources. They may have information on where to find a local website to visit.
Finding a way to save money is always beneficial. Knowing the right place to look and where to save will keep you on top. Remain diligent and cautions you will see a sizeable savings on your grocery bill.