In my opinion, the best way to coupon is to use only the ones you really need and double them when and where you can. When you start couponing, it’s best to become familiar with store policies as well as the rules on couponing.
Always be polite to your cashiers. And remember that not everyone will be familiar with their coupon policy so if you think it may be a problem when you go shopping with a lot of coupons, print a copy of the store’s policy to take with you. Remember, they’re just doing their job. 🙂
However, one of my favorite stores doesn’t take coupons and that is Aldi. Their prices are extremely cheap for their store brand so they don’t really need the coupons. They do have national brand items such as Pop-Tarts but those are usually just as expensive as Wal-Mart.
Here is a short list of stores that accept coupons, a bit on their policies as well as links to their full policies if you click on their names.
Wal-Mart: You’ll have to scroll down a bit to read Wal-Mart’s coupon policy. They accept coupons printed at home, manufacturer’s coupons, soft drink container caps, coupons printed off at the registers( aka Catalinas) and competitors’ coupons (with some stipulations).
Target: They accept manufacturer, Target, print-at-home, and coupons off of their Cartwheel app (which I definitely recommend!) Become familiar with Target’s sales and the Cartwheel app to make the most of your savings! You can also get a Target RedCard and save 5% on all purchases! And it can be a debit card so you don’t have to run your credit to get a credit card. All you need is a blank check! 🙂
Publix: My local Publix accepts some coupons from competitors, so be sure to check your local Publix! The online policy says this too so ask you local Publix to be sure. They also accept manufacturer coupons, Publix coupons, and Internet coupons which I’m assuming are the print-at-home variety. I once used a sale, combined with a Publix coupon and manufacturer coupons printed from coupons.com to save big on organic Gerber baby food pouches!!
Bi-Lo: The policy says they accept competitor coupons and a sign is hanging in store so be sure to check your local Bi-Lo when you go! They also accept manufacturers, Bi-Lo’s, and Internet coupons. Bi-Lo does double coupons with some restrictions: up to 5 coupons on like items, 60 cents or less unless posted in store, and only of the manufacturer variety.
Winn-Dixie: They accept manufacturer coupons, Winn-Dixie coupons and Internet coupons. I don’t shop here so I’m not sure on their sales and how well coupons save money here.
Ingles: Ingles does double coupons, but you must have an Ingles Advantage Card. They are free though. Their doubling doesn’t start until after $10 orders and only 3 coupons will double. Check the policy page for the rest of their doubling info.
Lowe’s Foods: One of these opened up recently near me but I haven’t checked them out yet so let me know if you have and tell me what you think! The policy states that they accept store coupons, manufacturer’s, print-at-home and competitor’s coupons (local and some national stores). They also double, “super double” and “triple” coupons so check their policy page out if you have one near you!
Lidl: Pronounced LEE-dl, this store is similar to Aldi. I’ve been a few times and love it! Their prices are between Aldi and Wal-Mart. The link is to their coupons page. I couldn’t find an official coupon policy online but I know that with their app, you can also ‘clip’ Lidl coupons. Sometimes they will send coupons for an amount off an order in emails such as $5 off of an order of $30 or more you can print off and use. They are new in the United States so if you are lucky enough to have one open near you, definitely check it out!
Now that you now what your stores’ coupon policies are, you need to find some! You can get coupons through emails, in the mail and newspaper inserts, stickers on store items or in little store printers on shelves (yes, that’s still a thing. 😀 ), and pamphlets like from Publix.
One of the most convenient places to get coupons though is online. Then all you have to do is ‘clip’ them and print them off. One of my favorites is Coupons.com. They have a website and an app. One of the best hacks I’ve found is using multiple devices. Since the app is free, you can download it to multiple devices and print 2 per device. I’ve done 2 on my laptop, 2 on my phone, and 2 on my hubby’s tablet to get 6 of the same item! I did this when I was saving money on those Gerber pouches!
The second best way to find coupons is apps. There are over a dozen apps out their designed to save money but here are a few main apps.
- Coupons.com: It has only 36 stores with coupons. The only stores I use are Wal-Mart and Target. They have coupons you can ‘clip’ and then a section of printable coupons.
- Ibotta – couponing and rebates app. Choose the rebates you want to use from the available stores and then scan and send in your receipt. Get cash back.
- Checkout 51 – same as Ibotta but with less options. Just a list of coupons that change weekly. Get cash back.
- Berry Cart – This app has coupons on organic items. I don’t buy these often because even with coupons I can’t afford them but if that is your thing then I recommend this app.
- Southern Savers – This app has many ads for stores in the South from Wal-Mart to Bi-Lo, Publix to Winn-Dixie, Aldi to Dollar General, Earth Fare to Lidl, Staples to CVS. It’s like the Southern Savers website and has national chains along with local-to-the-South stores.
- Target Cartwheel (which I LOVE): Contains Target sales where you add your deals to your profile, scan the barcode at checkout and you save money! I love that the deals are divided into categories.
- Lidl – has the weekly specials and some coupons. Just got one in the area so still figuring out the app.
- Aldi – Similar to the Aldi site. Has a QR code reader for products and sales ads.
- Sam’s Club – Similar to the Sam’s Club site with a barcode reader.
- Walmart – Similar to the Wal-Mart site along with the Savings Catcher to find lower prices and allow you to get the difference on a Wal-Mart egift card or BlueBird card.
- Target – Similar to the Target site with a barcode scanner
There are also these apps:
- Saving Star – Save money by adding loyalty cards or scan receipts then you get cash back. I don’t use this one however.
- MobiSave – Scan the receipts and get paid through PayPal in 24 hours. I don’t have PayPal so I don’t use this one either
- Flipp – This one has weekly ads in one place
- Krazy Coupon Lady – Sends daily information about deals, coupons and sales. I get the emails instead of downloading the app.
- Favado – This app has sales ads so you can look at them all in one place as well.
Do you have any couponing tips I missed? What about money saving stories like I had with the Gerber pouches? I’d love to read them so be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below!!