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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

Going Nuts? I can help you understand coupon terms and abbreviations

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If coupons are not your cup of tea, there are still many ways to cut your grocery budget without cutting a single coupon! Keep in mind you could do better with a few coupons, but I won’t nag you.

First you want to apply the two big basic principles behind Southern Savers (without any coupons of course).

  1. Only buy what’s on sale.
  2. Buy enough of what’s on sale to get you through until it’s on sale again.

To do both of these you need to understand that every item in a grocery has a rock bottom low price. Prices fluctuate constantly for items, so you want to learn the best price for the items you purchase. For most items that price is 40% off or more. Once you see the best price, you want to stock up. Grocery sales run like clockwork on a 6-8 week cycle. Grabbing taco shells at 50% off and getting enough to last 6 weeks means you will never run out and have to pay full price.

To see what is the best price each week, look up the store you want to shop at on Southern Savers. I don’t type the entire store ad, the only items on the list will be deals that are at least 40% off or more! You can ignore all the coupons just check the boxes to make a list. At the bottom you’ll see a small check box that says “Include Coupon Matchups” uncheck the box and magically you have a shopping list of just sale items without any of those pesky coupons!

Just buying what’s on sale and stocking up on will save you an easy 40-50% off, but you can still take this a few steps further.

Here are some other savings tips:

Give Up Brand Loyalties
Being brand loyal is the one thing that every brand wants. You will buy their products no matter the price. The problem for you is that you are ignoring great deals on similar products. While you are stuck only buying $4 Tide detergent you missed the chance to get the same size bottle of all for 67¢. (Or since we aren’t using coupons here, $1.67)

Pick The Best Store For Deals
If you think you are saving money buying all your groceries at Walmart you are very wrong. To get the best prices you want to buy groceries in a grocery store! Not only because they have sales and Walmart doesn’t, but also because they run promotions like instant savings deals, fuelperks, free milk, and many others. This is a foreign language to Walmartians, but just believe me.

Search for Deals on Items You Need
We all have moments that we run out of an item before it comes back on sale. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the item search on Southern Savers. Look for this bar on the right hand of the site (or find the button on the Southern Savers app). Now search to your hearts content for just the items you need right now. The item search will show you what stores have it on sale this week.

My hope is that after we get you to save 50% just following sale cycles we can convince you to throw in 1 or 2 coupons.  It’s a gateway to much bigger things.

    • Marlene

      This is a great tip Jenny. When I worked this one out for myself it changed the way we do our shopping.
      I find I have less time to coupon but I haven’t been in a grocery store with a long list of items for years because when there’s a bogo or b2g3 free sale we stock up. coupons are great when you can use them with a sale but on regular priced items might as well buy generic.

    • crystalgoodwin3

      Awesome tip Jenny.
      People are always asking me about couponing.
      I also tell them that there are 3 ways to save money on your groceries.
      #1 is working the sale cycles with coupons plus following Southern Savers.
      #2 is just working the sale cycles with no coupons or just a few printable found while making your shopping list on Southern Savers.
      #3 is for people that just shop Walmart. Price match. It will definitely help save some money on grocery bill. Especially on produce.
      We live in a very rural area. It’s over an hour to get to Harris Tetter, Lowes Foods or Walmart so planning is very important. We can’t just run to the grocery store just because someone post a great deal. But we are lucky because we can get the Raliegh News & Observer delivered on Sundays.
      Thanks so much Jenny for all your hard work. It has saved my family so much money plus we have more food in our house then ever before.

      • Ashton Williams

        Crystal what area do you live in?

    • SJC

      I have always been a couponer but lately I have really gotten into it. I do shop the cycles at the stores, watch for the best deals (& hopefully coordinate coupons), and know the regular prices of most of the things that I buy – so that I can be sure when something says it is on sale or a great deal – it really is.
      I usually carry a bulging file folder of coupons and I am constantly asked about whether or not I really use them. I am always happy to stop and tell people about my experiences, tips & tricks, and also to mention the Southern Savers site.
      I would definitely say that one of the best things is to stock up when an item is on sale – it takes a little getting used to and you may spend a bit more to start – but eventually, you will save tons by avoiding spending on regular priced items.
      One of my biggest expenses is produce which although there are occaisional coupons here or there – is generally immune to the coupon or stock up method. MY tips here are: do not always buy all your produce at the same store. I shop publix for most everything but there are some produce items that I will buy elsewhere – usually cucumbers, lettuce, carrots, and possibly fruit depending on the price. I get these staples at Aldi – and they usually have very good quality produce (better than Walmart and sometimes Kroger) at very good prices.
      My advice is this: definitely shop the sales, but try to work in some coupons – just to see how much you can save. On one of my best trips I paid 33.54 for over $120 in products (55.00 saved on coupons alone).