One of the greatest helps to stretching my food budget is 'stacking coupons'. Here is how it plays out..
The majority of stores will allow you to 'stack' a manufacturer coupon with a store coupon. This will give you the lowest price on an item. I watch for these kinds of deals (I'll share about BOGO free deals later). My weekly grocery list is mostly made up of items that I can find at their lowest price with the combination of coupons with sales. I'll buy multiple items to stock my pantry until the next sale.
Here is a scenario that may help explain it clearer.
This week CVS had a coupon in their flyer for Van Camp's Pork & Beans @ 2/ $1.00. I also saw that some counties offered a coupon in the Smart Source coupon booklet on 5/16 for this item (ours did not). So, you could use the CVS's coupon and also use the coupon from Smart Source for the same item. This way you get the product at the very lowest price so it's wise to stock up your pantry. Normally, I will try and set aside at least $10.00 for extra good deals.
Walgreen's has a monthly coupon book that they publish. It's at the front of the store with the weekly sale flyer. You can also stack these coupons with the flyer sale AND a manufacturer coupon to get a great deal.
This is one way I end up with free items or close to free items.
I subscribe to quite a few blogs that share weekly scenario deals from CVS, Walgreens, Target, Rite Aid and Walmart. I'll share those with you another day. I eventually want to have those links permanently placed on the sidebar.
I hope I explained this clearly. It's fun to come home with bags full of free or nearly free items.
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