My grocery store doubles coupons up to 50 cents. But this is what I have found in the past few years…many coupons are only good if you buy 2 or 3 of the product. So…a coupon says 1 dollar off…and the smaller print says “three of this item” so my savings drops, and is often not as much as if I buy the store brand. sigh.
My store always has several buy one get one free offers, and the good news is that this chain…will let you buy one at half price! YEY! I save most of my grocery dollars that way. I stock up when I am literally getting the item half price.
I do find that coupons and buy one get one free (but you do have to buy two) at the drugstore chains, are often worth the drive. I stock up on cold medicine, vitamins, hair color etc, and often they will have a Sunday circular coupon as well that drops the price even more.
I go to the “scratch and dent” grocery store and Aldi once a month to stock up on canned goods at better than grocery store prices, and I buy my toiletries at Dollar General.
Rather than waste too much time and gas…I do this. I have a once a month day to hit the discount stores (Dollar General, or Dollar Tree) for toiletries, and the discount food stores for canned goods and pasta. I check the Sunday circulars for the best deal on the items I actually use at the drug store chains, and hit them when I am driving by to do other errands. I stock up on whatever my regular grocery store has on sale. I look through the Sunday circulars at the coupons, and I cut out laundry detergent, and a few others that don’t require me to buy 3 of something. I rarely end up using more than 2 or 3 coupons. Even when I cut them out and bring them to the store…I do the math, and usually they don’t save me over buying store brand.
I never cut out coupons for items we don’t use just to save money. That may sound simplistic but with kids…it is not. Many times…that coupon is a big teaser to get you hooked on something that will be high priced forever in the future. I don’t need my kids hooked on some high end product and have to keep hearing about it ad nauseum.
Hope this helps.