If you’re familiar with couponing, it’s a great way to save money in your grocery shopping. These are printable coupons available in sites such as coupons.com, redplum.com, smartsource.com etc.

My couponing journey started 7 years ago. We were a 1 income family and that time I was preparing for my higher education. I was looking for ways to save money and landed in couponing. That first year I did so many coupon shoppings that I didn’t buy toiletries for the next 1.5 years when I was in school. It helped our family tremendously both in terms of money and time.

If you’re new to couponing, one thing to keep in mind is, couponing needs a lot of time and patience. Sometimes the store doesn’t accept your coupons and you have to discuss with the store manager to make them accept your couponing. You also need printer to print the coupons.

Couponing is right for you,

  • If you can spend at least an hour for identifying, cutting, and planning coupon shopping every week
  • You’re ready to shop in multiple stores

I stopped cutting coupons because of time and I don’t shop in multiple stores. I shop once a week and that too within 30 minutes. Since I shop with my kiddo and I want to finish it as soon as possible because my son wants to taste everything in the store. duh!

There are other ways to save without printing coupons too. These don’t take a lot of your time and all you need is smartphone and few extra minutes.

Store Apps:

Nowadays I use digital coupons. Here in Texas we have HEB grocery chain. HEB has a coupon app that can be used by shoppers. All you need to do it select the coupons before shopping. If you don’t have HEB nearby, check if your favorite grocery store has coupon app.

Flipp: 

Flipp is one of my favorite apps that help you do price matching. If your grocery store accepts price matching, this is a great app to have. This app consolidates all the weekly ads in your area and helps you pricematch the best price. For example, if you enter “Milk” in the app’s shopping list, it will pull out all the nearby store ads that have deals for “milk”. It’s great for price matching as well as shopping at various stores.

Fudget:

If you read my “art of family budgeting” series, you know that I’m a big fan of mint.com. It helps to track expenses as well as income and to create budget for each categories. However, the only issue is, I don’t find their app easy to use and it’s demotivating me to check the available balance before spending. So, I use fudget app to enter my expenses. I primarily use it for grocery budget and eat out budget as most of my impulse buying are in grocery shopping or eating out.

 

Instacart:

I love instacart app more when I realize at 10 PM in the night that I ran out of milk and Chuttu will wake up midnight for Milk. A similar situation happened once and Instacart saved me from that disaster by delivering within an hour.  New users will receive free $10 credit by following the below link:

http://inst.cr/t/yCkumj 

The only caveat is, Instacart supports fewer stores. But these are all major chains such as Costco, Whole Foods, HEB (for us), etc. Enjoy your $10 credit for your first order.

If you’re using any other apps that help you save time/money, feel free to share it here.

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