Ways to Save: Savvy Shopping

I’ve seen TLC’s megahit, “Extreme Couponing” on many occasions, and each time I view it I’m left asking this question: Where are these people shopping that they can double or triple their coupons?

Clearly, not in Wisconsin.

I don’t know of any grocery store in the state that doubles coupons.

And if I am wrong, I would love for you to let me know.

I could actually save money if I’m incorrect. What a concept.

I am an avid coupon-er, though I don’t dumpster dive nor do I steal newspapers from other people’s homes.

Rather, I simply use what I have at grocery stores that cater to budget conscious shoppers. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that some stores are more willing to aid frugal shoppers than others.

For example:

Kroger: The good news is that the chain is one of a select few that doubles (and on certain dates, triples) grocery coupons. The bad news is that the store is not located in every state.

Meijer: You see this chain featured a lot on “Extreme Couponing,” likely because they accept traditional coupons, Internet coupons, perks coupons you can load to your cell phone, and Mealbox coupons. In addition, the store also participates in the Upromise college savings program which can help you offset expensive educational costs.

Aldi: The no-frills market is known for its super low prices on food essentials. The quality of the products is on par with fancier grocery stores, but the variety is limited. In addition, you have to bring your own bags and fill them yourself, as there are no employees on hand to do so. Finally, Aldi doesn’t accept credit cards or checks, so be sure to come with cash.

Target and Wal-Mart: The bog box retailers both have full grocery sections in them now, and for the most part you can find decent deals. SuperTarget allows you to combine coupons and each week it runs sales and promotions where you can earn store gift cards when purchasing specific food items. I am not a huge fan of Wal-Mart’s stingy coupon policy, but the retailer does feature low prices on grocery staples.

Where do you shop for groceries?

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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