Grocery Coupons in 2013
"Printable grocery coupons" is naturally going to be the most popular topic on the site. After all, when you think about the coupon queens and extreme couponers on television, they're ALWAYS saving money on groceries. You rarely see them bragging about the restaurant meal that they saved 35% on, or the automotive parts that they used a coupon in order to save 25% on. And that's natural enough, too, since everyone buys groceries. Not everyone buys every type of product, but everybody's gotta eat, and everybody's gotta have certain household items.
Breakfast Cereal & Coffee
When I was a bachelor, I ate a cooked breakfast almost every day. I'm sure some people had the opposite experience, and when they were single, they ate toast and cereal every day. But now that I'm married with children, breakfast cereal is on the menu as often as not, for purely practical reasons. And the nice thing about breakfast cereal is that printable breakfast cereal coupons are ubiquitous. In fact, cereal is a lot like laundry detergent; there are dozens of varieties to choose from, but most of them aren't much different from any other breakfast cereal.
You're either a coffee drinker, or you're not. And even if you are a coffee drinker, you might not drink coffee at home. I have a friend who only drank coffee at the office, because that way he never had to pay for it. (The company had a coffee service.) On the other hand, you might really enjoy driving through Starbucks and picking up some exotic drink with an Italian word that describes the drink's size. But many ordinary Americans get a lot of use from printable coffee coupons because they drink coffee at home every morning. And when you calculate how much more affordable it is to make your own coffee at home and drink it, even if you're not using coupons, it makes you start to wonder why anyone would spend two or three dollars on a cup of coffee elsewhere.
Frozen Food & Yogurt
I've never eaten a lot of frozen food, not even when I was a bachelor. Like my television hero Alton Brown, I learned how to cook in order to impress girls, and I've since become something of a foodie who likes to cook for himself and others. That being said, frozen food has lots of legitimate uses. For example, if you're on a diet and want to count calories, you can choose from any number of cuisines and have a reasonable idea of how many calories you're ingesting just by sticking with frozen foods. So yeah, printable frozen food coupons are common, but they're also tremendously useful too. (I'm especially fond of anything by Michelina's.)
When I was growing up, it seemed like all my school teachers were always on a diet. Of course, now that I'm an adult, it seems like all my co-workers are always on a diet. But these people on diets are always eating yogurt for dessert. I guess that makes sense. Yogurt is a creamy, sweet treat that usually only has 100 or 150 calories per serving. Printable yogurt coupons are everywhere though, and I wouldn't recommend that anyone buy yogurt without using a coupon, ever. They're just too easy to find, and you can save too much money by using them.
I don't use a lot of condiments, but I do use some condiments regularly. I've never cared for ketchup, for example. Most of the food that people use ketchup on just tastes better without the ketchup, as far as I'm concerned. But I do use generous amounts of mustard on any hot dog or sausage that I eat. And I can't eat any kind of sandwich without generous portions of mayonnaise. Printable condiment coupons are popular because condiments are popular. I'm actually pretty brand loyal with certain kinds of condiments. For example, I must prefer Hellmans mayonnaise to Kraft mayonnaise, but my wife swears there's no difference. I also like French's yellow mustard, and I get really irritated when my wife buys that store brand mustard. (Grey Poupon is really good too.)
Diapers & Laundry Detergent
Printable diaper coupons can make a big difference in the lifestyle of young parents, especially if they have twins. (I have first-hand experience with this.) But there are differences between brands of diapers, and once you get used to a particular type of diaper, you might be reluctant to try another brand or type. Saving money on diapers can be so worthwhile, especially if you're short on cash, that it might be worth trying to save some money by experimenting with some new brands while using some coupons.
One example of something from the grocery store that everyone needs is laundry detergent. I'm someone who doesn't care what his clothes smell like as long as they smell clean, so I'm not at all brand-loyal when it comes to buying laundry detergent. You can always find some brand of laundry detergent on sale though, and you can always find some printable laundry detergent coupons available on the Internet, so this represents a potential savings for everyone.
Really, most cleaning products are available at a discount, and finding coupons for dishwashing detergent, window cleaner, and other cleaning products is almost always pretty easy to do.
Other Printable Grocery Coupons
You can find printable grocery coupons for other items too, but they're less common. Local supermarkets sometimes have coupons for meat items available. Canned foods are often good options when trying to buy food with coupons. The one area of the grocery store where coupons are pretty rare is the produce section, but even there you can find the occasional coupon. And if you watch the sales, you can save money on fruits and vegetables almost anytime.
The main thing to remember when using printable coupons for groceries is that you shouldn't buy things you're not going to use just because you have a coupon for it. My friend who only drinks coffee when he's at the office doesn't need to use a coupon on a can of Folgers. He's already supporting his caffeine habit for free, and using that coupon will actually cost him money rather than save him money.
One of the most intriguing grocery coupon website that I've ever found is The Grocery Game. It's worth checking out. Even though they charge a membership fee, you can try their site's offerings for free to decide whether or not they're worth the money. The monthly price is more than made up for with the greater ability to organize your grocery shopping using their service.