PHOENIX - Every week Valley grocery stores post online, mail and tweet their weekly sales. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to plan and look through and compare all of those deals. However, in the end, it's worth it, especially if you "stack" coupons.
You can use those coupons and weekly ads to save even more. It's called stacking deals. If you have never heard of the term, it simply means you are using more than one coupon to purchase an item. You can really save money this way!
Yes, it can be time consuming, however, there are websites like Thegrocerygame.com, which does all the foot work for you. The website does all first-time users to sign up and test the service for a week. After that, there is a subscription fee. I found a coupon code “16WEEKSAA” that will cost just $10 for eight weeks.
Here is an example of how stacking can save you money:
At Walmart they have Hershey’s Halloween candy, a 95 count bag, for $8.98. I found a coupon in this past Sunday’s Smartsource coupon book that will save you $1 when you buy any assortment of Hershey’s snack size candy. So that bag of candy will now just cost me $7.98. Taking the sale price plus adding the manufacture's coupon saves you more money. That's what the concept of "stacking" is all about. So start saving coupons you find for items you know you will buy and check them against grocery store ads each week.
Another way to save is Wal-Mart will price match any competitor's prices on groceries.
Wal-Mart employees usually have each store’s ads at their register, but make sure to bring the competitor's ad to make sure you're getting the right price.
If you like shopping on Wednesday’s, then stop at Sprouts because on those days you get double the savings. Their previous week and current week's ads overlap on Wednesday.
Also, don’t forget to search for additional coupons by going to your grocery store's website. I know Safeway has a great program called "Just for You." These are digital coupons you can download onto your Safeway card and the savings is instant as the checkout line. Plus Fry’s has a similar program. You can go to their website at Frysfood.com and download their coupons directly onto your Fry’s card.
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