Coupon Queen Saves Hundreds on Groceries

Food & Party 21

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couponsThe famous "Coupon Queen" (a.k.a Susan J. Samtur) did the unthinkable: She saved $211.28 from an original grocery bill of $211.70—meaning she only paid $0.42 for a cartload of groceries.

How did she do it?

With coupons, of course!

Susan definitely considers herself to be coupon-savvy—using a vast collection of coupons she gets from newspapers, from stores, and in the mail. But she admits that this was an extraordinary accomplishment even for her!

Here are Susan's five tips for how to get organized and save big cash on your grocery bill with coupons:

  • Make a grocery list: Categorize each item and include exactly which size is on sale. Refer to this list when shopping so you don't choose the wrong (full-priced) size.
  • Double, triple, quadruple your discount by saving your coupons until the item is on sale.
  • Don't use coupons just because you have them. Only use them for items you actually need or would ordinarily buy.
  • Check unit prices. Coupons are sometimes most valuable when applied to smaller-sized products.
  • Never pay full-price for cereal. There are always lots of coupons for cereal so look for the deals and stock up.

I'm pretty impressed by this Coupon Queen. What's the most you've saved using coupons?

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ohiom... ohiomommyof2

The most I've ever saved was about $15.00 and that was because I got lucky and found some great coupons in our local paper one weekend that were for $1.00 and $2.00 off things I buy all the time. I wish I could save that kind of money.

Jmum Jmum

This sounds like my sister-in-law. She buys coupons on ebay, organizes them in a baseball card folder, goes to multiple stores depending on their sales and offers and stocks up like mad. She's come away from CVS with them owing her money.

kk_bella kk_bella

The most I've ever saved, so far, is about $20-$40. I've started using all of the coupon 'systems' that match up coupons with sales, saving my coupons, etc., but I just can't figure out how to save that much on groceries on a regular basis without buying things I would't buy anyway.

I'm still trying, though.

Lumin... LuminousMom

wow... it sounds nice but it wouldn't work for us. I try to cook using the healthiest freshest and sometimes organic veggies, and they do not go on sale, there are no coupons for on the vine tomatoes, sadly.

AJsMomma AJsMomma

I love her! I went to my local publix last week with her list of coupons for the week and remembered all her tips. I got $45.00 worth of groceries (including diapers) and only paid $10.00 and some change. It was amazing! The cashier looked at my reciept and was like "you saved $35.00" then she goes "HOW DID YOU DO THAT!". LOL.

absmama absmama

WOW!!!  I wish that I could do that! lol  The most that I have ever saved in a single trip was $45.

Celti... CelticFaerie

We don't have stores that offer double coupons. The ones we get in the paper are not that great. The cheapest store in town does not take printed coupons from the internet, nor do they take coupons when things are on sale. It's crazy. To actually use these coupons I would have to go to the more expensive stores. The stores mentioned in articles and news stores are always ones I have never heard of. I wish that I could figure out a way to do this. Although I don't buy that much processed food anymore, I have gone back to stratch cooking.

Cafe... Cafe MicheleZ

This reminds me that I have a $5 coupon from Duane Reade I have to use!

Coupon Queen is inspiring. I need to follow these tips!

Bodac... Bodacious1

I went to Smiths a week ago, picked up a bag of groceries and after my coupons my total was .18cents!!! They owed me!!  sweet!!!

**This site has saved me $1,000's of $$$ and is free to join!!


callm... callmeann

Call me cynical, but I have yet to see a description of exactly how this was done.

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