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52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Use a Coupon Database {Week 24}

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Every week in 2013, I’ll be sharing a different way you can save $100 this year. If you do all of these things, you’ll be able to save over $5,000 this year alone! Many of these things will likely be things you’re already doing, but hopefully all of you will pick up at least a few new ideas or some inspiration from this series.

Coupons are a great way to save a lot of money on your grocery bill, but they can be hard to keep up with. Clipping, sorting, and organizing coupons takes time — time that you might not feel you have right now.

Well, don’t despair! I have a very simple tip for you today to help be able to use coupons even if you don’t want to mess with buying the newspaper, clipping the coupons, and keeping them all organized.

Enter, the coupon database. This is a database of all printable and other coupons currently available.

You can access the coupon database at the top of this blog under the “Coupons” header.

You can search for any brand name or item name. For instance, you can search for bread and it will pull up all bread coupons available. Or, you can search for a specific brand name, such as “Nature’s Own bread” and will only pull up the coupons available for Nature’s Own bread (if there are any available).

Save Money on Groceries in Less Than 10 Minutes Each Week

The coupon database is one of the most effective and efficient ways to save money on groceries. Just plan your menu and grocery list and then, before heading to the store, search the coupon database for items you’re already planning to buy. In less than 10 minutes, you can print coupons for what you were already going to buy and easily save at least $5 for 10 minutes’ of effort (or less!).

If you have time, also check the deals at your local stores on your favorite local blog site. These two things can take you less than 15 minutes total and can save you at least $10 per week on your grocery bill. That’s the equivalent of saving $40 per hour — and it’s tax free money!

Even if you don’t have time to spend on extensive couponing, you can still save money by using coupons. Best of all, when you print coupons for things you were already planning to buy, you know that your time was well spent since you’re not chasing down deals on things you may not end up using!

 Do you have any time-saving tips for effectively using coupons?

Other posts in the 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year series

  1. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 This Year: Bake Your Own Bread (Week #1)
  2. 52 Ways to Save at Least $100 This Year: Make Your Own Coffee at Home (Week #2)
  3. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Ditch Your Cable Package {Week 3}
  4. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Order Prescription Glasses Online {Week 4}
  5. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Your Own Homemade Cleaners {Week 5}
  6. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Your Own Homemade Mixes {Week 6}
  7. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Become a One-Car Family {Week 7}
  8. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Surround Yourself With Frugal Friends {Week 8}
  9. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 a Year: Eliminate Disposable Products {Week 9}
  10. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 a Year: Cut Your Own Hair {Week 10}
  11. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Use Cloth Diapers {Week 11}
  12. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Become Best Friends With Your Freezer {Week 12}
  13. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Rent Movies for FREE {Week 13}
  14. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Ask for a Discount {Week 14}
  15. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Cancel Your Gym Membership {Week 15}
  16. 52 Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Get the Best Bang for Your Buck at Yard Sales {Week 16}
  17. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Grow Some Of Your Food {Week 17}
  18. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Cut Back on the Soda Pop Habit {Week 18}
  19. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Buy in Bulk {Week 19}
  20. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Price-Match at Walmart {Week 20}
  21. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Ditch Your Landline {Week 21}
  22. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 This Year: Refinance Your Mortgage {Week 22}
  23. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Follow a Local Deal Blogger {Week 23}
  24. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Use a Coupon Database {Week 24}
  25. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Plan a Weekly Menu {Week 25}
  26. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Strategically Use Daily Deal Sites {Week 26}
  27. 52 Different Ways to Save At Least $100 Per Year: Shop at Aldi {Week 27}
  28. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Buy Used Books {Week 28)
  29. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Buy Used Clothing {Week 29}
  30. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Shop With Cash {Week 30}
  31. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Eat Less Meat {Week 31}
  32. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Is this really a good deal? {Week 32}
  33. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: 3 Ways to Save on Online Orders {Week 33}
  34. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Turn Your Clutter Into Cash {Week 34}
  35. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Get Organized {Week 35}
  36. 52 Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Have an All-Cash Christmas {Week 36}
  37. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Sign Up for Swagbucks {Week 37}
  38. 52 Different Ways to Save at Least $100 Per Year: Cut Your Fuel Costs {Week 38}
  39. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Frequent the Library {Week 39}
  40. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Simplify Birthday Parties {Week 40}
  41. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Brown Bag It {Week 41}
  42. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Your Own Snacks {Week 42}
  43. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Use a Programmable Thermostat {Week 43}
  44. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Limit Eating Out {Week 44}
  45. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Get a Bang for Your Buck on Travel Expenses {Week 45}
  46. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Don't Pay For Pre-Made Baby Food {Week 46}
  47. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Eat More Beans {Week 47}
  48. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Make Homemade Cards {Week 48}
  49. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Shop At More Than One Store {Week 49}
  50. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Eat From the Pantry {Week 50}
  51. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Stay Home More {Week 51}
  52. 52 Different Ways to Save $100 Per Year: Develop Contentment {Week 52}

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17 Comments

  • joanna n. says:

    i do this when i remember, & it does add up!

  • Becky says:

    Every > wee < in 2013, I’ll be… Wee? 😉

  • Sarah says:

    I use that database all the time, but I had no idea I could search only for printable coupons. Thanks so much for pointing out something that is probably totally obvious to everyone else!

  • Patty says:

    This is a great suggestion. I use a local blog to plan my shopping list, scout the sales, match coupons, etc. Then anything on the list that I don’t have a coupon for I run through the database. It helps!

  • Amie says:

    I agree that using a coupon data base is an easy and great way to save money. I do look at coupon and sale match-ups, but when I need an item and plan to purchase it regardless of a sale, I look for a coupon first.

  • Melissa says:

    This sounds like a great tip, but I have had computer people tell me not to print coupons from the internet since it will mess up my computer. Any tips?

    • Susan says:

      Melissa, more than once ‘ve gotten a nasty bad virus that were tracked back to a coupon site as the cause. What I’ve been told by tech support is the viruses are likely coming from popups and not the site itself.

      I stick to the coupons dot com engine, which is very reputable, and I’m very careful not to click on a popup. I don’t mess with other printable sources. For me, it’s not worth the risk just to save a few cents.

  • says:

    Something else that I just learned this month is that Valpak’s website allows you to print coupons as well. Our local nursery advertises in Valpak, and I was able to print coupons for them from the Valpak website. They had a $20 off $60 purchase coupon on their site that I used this morning! That was a really simple thing that took me 2 minutes to find, print, and cut out before I headed out the door at 7 am!

    Valpak tends to not have coupons for things that I use, but I do use my local nursery, for tomato plants, fruit trees, herbs, etc. I will be checking on there from now on whenever I am planning a trip to the nursery.

  • says:

    I love reading these posts. I wanted to share that we now shop at Costco – Costco has sales and you can use coupons. They also sell gas. I can shop every 2 weeks or every 10 days and get all the food I need – I do make most everything from scratch – but buying in bulk saves me a ton! I am making Christmas presents now – homemade jam and the fruit and sugar are such a deal! I have 3 kids and they’re bigger now – we’re a family of 5 and all athletes so we eat a lot – I can’t get away w/the smaller trips anymore, but they’re fun and I still enjoy getting things for free or nearly free at CVS, Shoprite and Walgreens. These inspire me – would you ever have a Costco shopping/saving trip?

    • says:

      Ooh, I love Costco, too! Great deals on produce with good quality. Aldi is cheaper sometimes, but ours carries some moldy items. I have to watch. Costco carries things I cannot get anywhere else like Sunrise Energy Bars – which are totally natural and they sell them cheaper than I could probably make them. Or frozen Wild blueberries. Honey is cheaper than Aldi, too.

      My neighbor was just making apricot jam from the Costco produce deals.

  • says:

    I need to get into the habit of doing this. It seems like lately I get the menu made a list made and then fly out the door to grab it all and it is not until I reach the store that I realize, I not only forgot to check for printable manufactures coupons, but also to load my Mperks card, and check the Meijer and CVS flyer, I think I need a printable check list for grocery shopping day!

  • Jessica says:

    I stopped subscribing to the weekly paper because it got too pricey. Now I just print coupons from sites like coupons.com as I need them. I have a small filing box in which I use envelopes labeled by categories, so that if a great printable coupon comes up but the item isn’t currently on sale, I can file it until I need it (same goes for coupons that come with samples or attached to products if I don’t immediately use them, also for coupons I receive from others).

  • Bethany Bergen says:

    AWESOME!! thank you sooo much!

  • EM says:

    Do you know whether there are such coupon databases for the UK?

  • Em says:

    I go through my sale ads online for three grocery stores and write down the item with the brand name, size and price for each store. (I do this so I can price match at Walmart if I am short on time). I then come here and search the data base….you have to spell the brand names correctly for it to work 🙂 I then go through my other coupons from coupons.com and commonkindness.com. I paperclip them to my list for each store and away I go.

    added bonus: Sometimes when you go to print the coupon site at a specific brands website, you can sign up for freebies and other coupons as well.

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