Posted by: thesavinghabit | September 9, 2010

Saving: Back to the Basics

I know I have talked about this information before, but I do believe it’s often helpful to go back and review the “basics.”  So, for this week I’ve compiled a “beginner’s guide to couponing.” 

In today’s economy, saving money wherever possible has become an essential for many people.  Grocery prices continue to rise and yet incomes are not.  However, good prices are available if you take a few minutes each week to plan your shopping. In fact, I routinely save 40-50% on groceries each month by using the simple methods outlined below.

In my experience, there are two main things you can do to really stretch your grocery budget.

1)      Stock up on nonperishable items when they are on sale so you never have to pay full price for them.  Sales are usually on an 8-12 week cycle, so purchase enough to get you through 12 weeks if possible so you are not paying full price in between sales

2)      Save coupons and look for printable coupons to add to the sale prices to provide you an even bigger discount.

There are many more tips that help but focusing on those two is a great start.

Before we start, here is a list of acronyms commonly used:

BOGO – Buy one, get one free

SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)

RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) 

Many people ask me where I find coupons. There are many sources that I will list below: 

-The Sunday Newspaper. Almost every week, aside from a holiday weekend, there will be coupon inserts in the paper. 

-Many manufacturer’s will have printable coupons on their websites.  If they don’t, email them and ask them for coupons. Many times they will send you a nice batch of coupons in the mail! 

-Look for “blinkies” in stores – these are the coupons that are in a dispenser on the store shelves next to the products 

-Look in magazines. Walmart’s All You Magazine is a great one for coupons –

 -Many mid-week papers have coupon inserts as well. Locally the “Forum” and “Jewish Journal” both have coupons that come out on Wednesday.

 -Publix has several magazines that usually have coupons in them. I suggest subscribing to them (they are free) as the store copies don’t always have the coupons.

            Publix Greenwise –

 Publix FamilyStyle –

 Publix Wine Guide – (They often have coupons for cheese or other items are commonly paired with wine).

 In addition, if you qualify, sign up for the following:

            Publix Baby Club –

            Publix Preschool Pals –

 Many stores will have extra coupon booklets that come out through the year. Always check their sales flyer areas to see if they have any available.

 Product Demonstrations:  If you see someone demonstrating/sampling a product you use, ask if you can take a few coupons, when coupons are offered.  Since I am a product demonstrator, I know that we are usually given far more coupons than we need.

 Now, on to the deals this week!

 Know the Lingo
BOGO – Buy one, get one free
SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores
Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off
Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles
All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

 Whole Foods:  Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.

 Publix Greenwise:  Click here for their weekly ads.

 Many thanks to for their great tips on shopping at Publix!

 For Publix “super deals” for 9/9-9/15/2010  please click here.

 For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups for 9/9-9/15/2010, please click here

 For Publix ongoing sale list, please click here

 For Publix Advantage Buy Flyer sales, please click here.

 Renita’s Favorite Money-Saving Sites

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Renita is a resident of Palm Beach County, and author of “Wow! You Saved How Much?” For more information, visit her website at

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  1. You are right and have great insight into where the savings are! IDK if you get it in your area but Procter & Gamble also puts out coupons in the Sunday paper — couple that with my grocery store’s P & G sale and it translates to free Gilette body wash for my husband and a free pack of razors for me!

  2. Thank you so much. Yes I do get those coupons plus I am part of several “coupon trains” that we exchange many coupons that are on our “wish lists” not to mention RAOK’s (random acts of kindness)

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