Clipping coupons and saving money has become the subject of TV shows. Yes, you can save money, but be sure that you are able to use the food within a reasonable period of time to ensure you enjoy foods at their safest and highest quality. Consider these tips:
- Organize your coupons in categories for easy shopping, and place your coupons in a place that’s easily accessible. If you leave your coupons at home, you won’t save any money.
- Check the policies of your grocery store to see if they honour coupons printed from couponing websites.
- Read the sales ads and pair a manufacturer’s coupon with a store coupon for added savings.
- Shop for good nutrition and value. Be cautious about the temptation to buy high-sodium, high-fat foods even if you are saving money in the process.
- Be sure to use coupons for items that you normally would eat. Resist the urge to buy a food just because you have a coupon.
- Look at the back of your grocery receipt. Some stores offer coupons on the back of receipts.
- Read the “best if used by” and “sell by” dates on foods, and select foods with the longest shelf life for best quality.
- When you return home, label the foods with the date of purchase. Organize your pantry in “first in first out” order so you rotate your food supply for best quality.