Looking for coupons to reduce the cost of your supermarket spend? Not sure where to start looking for them? Check out where to really get coupons from below.
Reducing the cost of your supermarket spend can be easy enough using meal planning, shopping for own brands, cooking from scratch and bulk cooking/freezing. In fact, it’s this routine (as well as a few other things…) that we managed to cut our food shop bill in half a few years back.
While I’ve confessed to not being a super-fan of extreme couponing in the past (as you can make savings just as easily in other ways), I will certainly NEVER turn down a coupon and will actively use them.
What kind of coupons can I find?
Coupons and vouchers come in different formats.
The most common are paper coupons which get scanned at the till and retained by the cashier (although some of them do have multiple uses). Coupons will either be pre-printed or you’ll need to print them out yourself.
You can also get coupons online which you can use for online stores, as well as using vouchers and offers in phone apps.
Where can I find coupons?
Thing is, collecting coupons in the first place is the hardest part. Hunting them down can be troublesome if you don’t know where to look.
There’s no need to worry though as we’ve put together the best places to hunt out coupons to start making savings in the supermarket.
Whether you want to be an extreme couponer or not, using a coupon here and there will sure see you reduce your bill.
While you won’t make an upfront saving on your food, Sainsbury’s Coupons gives you bonus Nectar points when you buy items they’ve put selection for the offers. You could then use these bonus Nectar points to get money off your food shop at a later date.
It’s not just junk food either! They have loads of bonus points on fruit, vegetables, dairy products, branded items, Sainsbury’s own (including basics ranges).
The items with offers are normally general food items that most people would buy in a normal shop. This means you will probably find a few things each week that you’d actually benefit from, rather than having a coupon for a product you’d never eat so would waste.
To get the bonus points, you need to log in and confirm your Nectar card details, then select the offers you want. You’re only able to choose five at a time so be wise with your choices.
Grocery shopping on Amazon? Yep! That’s right! As well as food, you’re able to get loads of household products and toiletries. This is where you can see some bigger discounts if you prefer to buy branded.
Discounts and their vouchers can be used on foods, drinks, pet foods, office supplies, beauty, baby and more!
To use the vouchers, you need to select the ones you want to use (they’re all listed here) and then the discount will be automatically applied at the checkout.
For extra savings, sign up to their subscribe and save to cut the costs even more – saving 30% on prices!
The Super Savvy Me site was created by Procter and Gamble who own loads of different brands. You are able to choose and print loads of vouchers with various money off from the likes of:
- Ambi Pure
- Head and Shoulders
- Herbal Essences
So if you buy branded items made by any of them, you should be getting your vouchers before you head to the supermarket as you’re missing out.
You’re able to print out 30 coupons a month and it will only let you print one out of each kind.
You’ll need to create an account to get access to the vouchers and they do email (maybe once a week) with a normal type newsletter, however it does include the odd freebie/sample you can ask to have.
Very similar to SuperSavvyMe, Victoria is also part of P&G so have many of the same brands. Still worth taking a look at and getting an account to access the coupons.
If you’re a Tesco Clubcard member (I mean, who isn’t?!) then you are missing out if you’re not a member of Tesco Orchard.
By signing up to the Orchard scheme, you are invited to take part in free programmes where they send you a voucher for money off foods. Readers have told me that they’ve got free chicken, fruit, vegetables, flowers, cheese and more!
They also reward you with free Clubcard points too.
Tesco Special Promise Vouchers
So you plan out all your shop, look on My Supermarket first to make sure you know which bargains you’re after and have the perfect coupon to save even more – winning!
But then you get to Tesco and realise that the item on special offer has all sold out – boo!
No need to worry though. Tesco have a bit of a secret when it comes to items that are no longer in stock. If you ask their customer services, they will issue you with a Special Promise Voucher. You will be able to go back to store (even when the item is not on offer) and get it at the lower price.
Asda Price Guarantee
Asda believe they are the cheapest and have a price promise on what you buy from them. They say that if they’re not 10% cheaper versus Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose or Sainsbury’s, they’ll give you the difference back.
All you need to do is check your receipt using the Asda Price Guarantee (APG) after you’ve been shopping.
Tesco Brand Guarantee
When you buy 10 or more different products they’ll price match the shop to see if it’s cheaper at Asda, Morrisons or Sainsbury’s.
Your discount is applied straight away so you won’t get a voucher to use later on. Using this guarantee (and planning with My Supermarket) can get you some decent savings if you plan to buy 10 + different items that are more expensive at Tesco.
If they are not cheaper than Tesco.com, they’ll email you a voucher for the different plus 1p! So this is solely a Tesco Price Match, but does mean you’ll get Waitrose food for Tesco prices.
Sainsbury’s and Morrisons used to do brand matching but both stopped doing them quite a while back now.
Using the coupons from Caring Everyday, you are able to save up to £25 a month on their goods, which all fall under the Johnson and Johnson brands.
Their coupons include Johnsons Baby, Listerine, Aveeno, Calpol, Clean and Clear, Imodium and Benylin.
You’ll need to create and account to access and print the vouchers.
If you’re a Farm Foods fan then you better be getting a discount on each shop. Rather than having coupons for individual items, you are able to print off and use vouchers to get £2.50 off a £25 spend or £5 off a £50 spend.
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Own a smartphone? Are you using it to save money or just play games and send the occasional text?
There are LOADS of apps out there, designed to help you save money!
When it comes to saving on food, you can download apps like CheckoutSmart and earn cashback on items you’re bought. You can also use this at the same time as using a coupon, so you could be seeing double savings.
They you have apps like o2 Priority Moments who give away a fair few freebies. Not all supermarket based, but who’ll turn down a freebie?! You can even get a free SIM card from them too.
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In store magazines
Head to store and pick up their free magazine once you’ve finished your shop (or head there just for it!)
As well as getting tips of yummy recipes etc they also often add coupons you can clip out to make a saving with.
You are also able to read online versions of the magazines, but they will usually only accept the printed copies.
From time to time, the national dailies have coupons you can take to make a decent saving on your shop. Lidl often have a £5 off a £40 spend and Morrisons have run £5 off fruit and veg in the past. These offers are popular so the papers sell out!
You may not be a fan of the paper but spending 40p to get £5 off is a decent investment.
Direct from brands
Write to companies and tell them you love their products (don’t complain unless it’s real) and you may find you get sent a voucher. Try to find email addresses so you don’t spend a small fortune on stamps though!
Also remember that some brands are owned by the same company (look at all the P&G brands above), so don’t write to the same company too often as it will come across spammy.
As well as writing, you can just get quite a few coupons directly from a brand’s website.
Pampers have vouchers for money off nappies most of the time and John West keep coupons on their site for a while too. Other brands put out coupons for a shorter amount of time. You’ll need to have a bit of a Google to find them.
Whether hung off the side of a shelf (keep your eyes peeled as you walk up and down the aisles) or there is someone offering samples (and maybe a coupon) you can find a discount voucher when you least expect it.
They may be for new items that have launched, rather than food that you’d eat all the time, so it could be a gamble to spend money on something you might not enjoy.
On the pack
Usually printed just inside the box (but it tells you from the outside) there are money off voucher printed on the inside of some products.
Popular offers in the past included pizzas and tea, so keep a look out while you’re walking around the store.
Having a baby?
Congratulations! You’re going to get discount coupons!
There are all sorts of freebies and coupons headed your way if you’re expecting. Whether it’s Emma’s Dairy or the Bounty box you’ll get while in hospital you’ll get coupons for all sorts of baby related goods.
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Loyalty card holders
There are millions of us up and down the country with a loyalty card (or 10!) in our pockets. If you don’t have one then you could be missing out.
On top of collecting points to redeem and make savings at a later date, they often send vouchers for money off food too.
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Search out your favourite brands on social media and like their pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If they’ve got a newsletter then definitely sign up to that as well.
You do this because brands have been known to give special offers to people who are their fans, so you could be missing out.
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Have you found vouchers and coupons in any other way? Please do let me know and I’ll add it to the article 🙂