Never shop without a coupon!
Ok, well, almost never. I understand necessity and that you can't always find a coupon, but there's no harm in trying.
My favorite place to find coupons when shopping online is Retail Me Not. I firmly believe in checking for a coupon for ANY website you're purchasing from before actually making the purchase. This is a great site to start out with, but if you can't find what you're looking for, Google the name of the store + the term "coupon" or "code" and you may find something!
I saved $28 today at Shoprite using printable coupons and coupons from the newspaper coupon inserts (I get them from my oh so gracious mom who gives me what she doesn't use, but even if you purchased a paper just for the inserts, it would be worth it). Here are the best sites to get grocery coupons to print online:
BONUS! If you use MyPoints, you can print coupons right through their site from Coupons.com and Smartsource, and you will earn points when you use the coupons in the store.
In addition, if there are items you know you always buy in brand names (or items that you need that week in the store), check their websites for mailing lists and/or coupons. A lot of times, if you join the mailing lists, they'll send coupons to your email in their newsletter periodically, and some have sections for "promotions and coupons" where you can usually print off a coupon direct from the manufacturer.
Tips about printable coupons:
- I have had some trouble with printing in B&W only, so if you can print in color, go ahead and do that. Make sure to put your printer on draft mode first so you don't waste too much ink ;)
- Some stores do not accept printable coupons for free items or Buy One Get One free items (BOGO), so I Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) on those (although usually the printables are cents off and not BOGO or Free).
- I wouldn't bother with any coupon in PDF format you find online to print. These are usually copied/illegal and/or won't scan at the store. Stick with the ones that you print from the sites I mentioned with the barcodes. They are completely legit.
In addition to all this "couponing", this Frugal Blog Map will help you find a blog in your area (with the exception of the states not included on the map). This is helpful because they will usually list coupon matchups and deals for stores in your area, not just national.