In today’s tough economic times, couponing can be a great strategy to bring down monthly expenses & you don’t have to be an extreme couponer to see savings. Just a little patience, research and effort is all it takes to save some money.

What is a coupon?

In marketing, a coupon is a ticket or document that can be exchanged for a financial discount or rebate when purchasing a product. Customarily, coupons are issued by manufacturers of consumer packaged goods or by retailers, to be used in retail stores as a part of sales promotions. (Source – Wikipedia)

Where do I get coupons?

Coupons are available practically everywhere …  through mail, coupon envelopes, magazines, newspapers, the Internet, directly from the retailer, and mobile devices such as cell phones. Here are a few great online sites to get started …
Coupon Network
Saving Star

You can now print coupons (from here at Food Stories 🙂

How do I maximize savings?

The best deals are had when one can combine offers such as using coupons on items that are on sale, going to stores that double coupons or using multiple coupons for multiple items. Matching up coupons with sales at the stores can be a painstaking process but there’s no reason to do the heavy lifting when someone else has already done the work for you. There are many “match-up” sites available and here are just a few that I’ve been using successfully …

What about expired coupons?

Whatever you do, don’t throw them away. Armed forces personnel can use coupons for up to six months after their expiration date. There are a lot of groups and websites that offer to match up families or military bases so take a moment to look around. One of the best programs that I’ve found is Send Coupons to Military at The Krazy Coupon Lady.

Coupon/Sale Match-Ups

All National Stores
Coupon Mom
Money Saving Queen
The Krazy Coupon Lady

Coupon Connections
Coupon Divas
Fabulessly Frugal
Save At Home Mommy ~ So Cal
The Krazy Coupon Lady

Save At Home Mommy

Chief Family Officer

Rite Aid
Save At Home Mommy

Money Saving Queen

Stater Brothers
Money Saving Mom
Southern Cali Saver

Save At Home Mommy

Trader Joe’s
Healthy Life Deals

Whole Foods Match-Ups
Healthy Life Deals ~ Western US

Save At Home Mommy ~ So Cal

Save At Home Mommy

Save At Home Mommy

Southern Cali Saver
The Krazy Coupon Lady

User Forums ~ Talk to Others

A Full Cup
Hot Coupon World
We Use Coupons

Share the Wealth

Please feel free to share your own tips, tidbits or successes in the comments so we can all learn from one another.