When you first begin couponing, and while you are still building up a stockpile of food, there are going to be times when you need to buy food that isn’t on sale. The question becomes how do you find the coupons for these products if you haven’t clipped, sorted and organized all the coupons from the Sunday newspaper coupon inserts? Fortunately, the Internet once again provides us with a way of efficiently finding these coupons without spending hours developing a dreaded coupon organizational system. The answer comes in the form of a coupon database.
A coupon database is basically a database of all the coupons available from the major coupon sources (Sunday newspaper inserts, online coupons, etc.) All you need to do is take your grocery shopping list and input each item into the coupon database. Once input, you’ll receive a list of available coupons for the specific product entered and where each coupon can be found. Then you either print the coupon from your computer if it’s available on the Internet, or go to your Sunday newspaper coupon inserts and clip it from the insert indicated. While this will not save you as much as stacking coupons with sales, it does mean that you can still save some money when you need to purchase something even when it isn’t on sale.
The coupon database is also a huge time saver if you happen to shop at a grocery store that is not covered by a blogger who matches sales and coupons for you. Instead of going through months of Sunday newspapers coupon inserts and all the latest online coupons to see if there are any matches, you can input the weekly sale items at your local grocery store into the coupon database to see if there are any coupon stacking opportunities. This is exactly how the coupon bloggers that list all the deals each week do it.
If you have any questions about how to match coupons to your weekly grocery list items that happen not to be on sale, please feel free to leave a comment below. This post is part of the Lazy Couponing series. The next step will be how to begin shopping for coupon deals.