MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — More and more people are turning to coupons to save a few bucks each month, but you don’t have to be an extreme couponer to save some extreme money.
There are ways to make your money go even further and spot the coupons that are more effective than others.
WCCO popped by the Cub Foods in Maple Grove to talk with a coupon expert, Carrie Rocha. She runs the website Pocket Your Dollars.
Rocha gave some helpful tips:
• Think of the common 10-15 items that you buy each week, then go to different stores to compare the prices. Then you’ll be able to see side-by-side comparison of the non-sale price. Then you can focus on those 10-15 items for cutting coupons.
• Jot down prices for your most common purchases once you see the sale price in the store circulars you get in the paper. You’ll began to notice after a month or so that the products you buy will go on sale in patterns. Only stock up with what you need to get you to the next sale.
• Also, check items within a single grocery store. For example, you can get 6 bouillon cubes for $1.33, but if you go to the ethnic food aisle you can get the exact same product, with the packaging in Spanish, at 8 cubes for $1.19.
• Picking up spices? The bulk food section offers the best prices. Pick up a pack of basil there and you’ll get four times as much for the same price as buying from the spice aisle.