Lately, I have been checking people’s grocery carts at checkout to see their total and if they used coupons. As I am glancing through their cart, I must say, I have cringed at the sight of the many grocery bill totals.

In order to maintain a lower grocery bill, keep couponing simple by reviewing the sales and coupons weekly. While taking advantage of the sales, your stockpile will grow quickly. Here are a few coupon terms to assist you.

Catalina coupons print out in a machine in some stores like Food City, Food Lion and Kroger. Blinkies is a little red box hanging off store shelves by Smart Source that blinks a little red light and prints coupons. Tear Pad are pads of coupons located either on product stands or on shelves.

Manufacturer coupons come from inserts like Procter and Gamble, Smart Source and Red Plum, or on the product, known as peelies, or hanging on the product, known as hangtags.

When shopping with store coupons and manufacturer coupons, both coupons used at the same time is called stacking. Give the store coupons first then the manufacturer coupon. Store coupons may link to a total dollar amount. It is best to use it first before the manufacturer coupon reduces the overall total.

Terms used on coupons can be confusing. A transaction represents your entire purchase and payment. If your coupon states limit four per transaction, this means you can use four coupons then pay for your products.

Couponers and cashiers at times get confused with the term one coupon per purchase. You can only use one manufacturer coupon per item purchased. You can buy multiple items and use multiple coupons in one transaction. You cannot use five of the same manufacturer coupon on one item. Hence, one per purchased.

Remember, as you save money with couponing, make sure you take advantage of your savings with the 52-week money saving plan. This is the 11th week of the year, so place $11 into your savings program. This would leave a new savings balance of $66 toward your year-end goal of $1,378.

Walgreens

Eggs one dozen large 99 cents

Butterball Turkey Bacon 99 cents

Well Walgreens tooth brush $1.19, buy two and receive $2 on Walgreens Card (balance rewards 2,000).

Ambi Complexion Cleansing Bar $2.49, store coupon $2,

Final Price: 49 cents.

Nabisco Cookies or Crackers $1.29, buy two and use Smart Source 02-11 75 cents/2,

Final Price: 92 cents each.

Wrigley’s 5 or Orbit Gum 89 cents, Red Plum 01-7 50 cents/2, Final Price: 64 cents each.

Tyson Any’tizers $6/2, use two coupons from Red Plum 03-11 $1.50,

Final Price: $1.50 each.

Domino Sugar $1.99, with store coupon Red Plum 03-11 65 cents/2,

Final Price: $1.69 each.

Franks Hot Sauce $5/2, Smart Source 01-14 75 cents,

Final Price: $2.13 each.

Crest Products or Oral B Glide Floss Deals $2.99, use coupons from Proctor and Gamble and buy four items ranging from toothpaste, floss or mouthwash. Coupons are limited for two identical coupons per day. One scenario is buy two toothpaste (two coupons) and two mouthwash (two coupons) total coupons are four.

Final Price: $7.96. Then receive register rewards $6 when buying four.

Jack Links Jerky $3.99, Smart Source 02-11 $1, Final Price: $2.99.

All detergent $2.99, Red Plum 03-11 $1,

Final Price: $1.99.

Boost Drinks 6 count $8.99, buy one get one 50 percent off, use two coupons from Smart Source 03-04 $3,

Final Price: $7.49 each. Then receive $4 on Walgreens Card (balance rewards 4,000).

CVS

Fiji Natural Artesian Water, buy two at $3 use two coupons from Smart Source 02-25 50 cents each,

Final Price: $1 each.

Hildred Lewis is a bargain hunter and purchaser. Visit her online at www.facebook.com/hildredcoupons.easily.

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