If couponing were a sport, Jill Cataldo and Nathan Engels would be Olympic champions. As reported by ABCNews.com, Cataldo’s weekly grocery bill runs between $40 and $60, and that’s to feed a family of five. Engels spends almost no money on groceries; he hasn’t had to buy toilet paper since 2007 thanks to the three-year supply he bought for $30.
I can’t say the ABC piece really walked people through the exact procedures used by Cataldo and Engels – only the obvious note that the best deals are found when you can use a manufacturer coupon for an item that is also on sale at a particular retailer.
Cataldo’s web site promotes her Chicago-area workshops and offers limited instruction via an FAQ section. However, she offers a great Coupon Lookup tool. Just type in a product category, brand, or type of product, and it will bring up numerous coupons that can be printed from the site.
Engels’ web site offers some instruction via “virtual classes,” which are mostly lists of couponing tips and tricks, as well as coupon forums in which couponers keep each other informed about the best deals.
I still find CouponMom to be one of the best coupon sites on the Internet. Run by Stephanie Nelson, there’s plenty of instruction. The site also provides an up-to-date listing of items on sale in stores near you along with help finding matching manufacturer coupons. Plus, I like the fact that Nelson regularly encourages people to donate some of their deals to local hunger relief organizations, rather than turning their garages into mini warehouses.
What are some of your favorite grocery coupon sites?