How to Get Free Groceries

This week, I spent just $22.14 on groceries for my family of five, plus two cats. Want to know how?

In this short video, I’m going to show you 4 simple lessons that will help you get some groceries almost free, some completely free, and some that the stores will even pay you to buy.

While this video specifically features Publix, these same couponing rules apply to just about any store that you shop at, so WATCH IT ANYWAY.

Can’t see the video? Watch it here.

Video Notes:

The best way to control your grocery budget is by stockpiling your groceries – buy them at the price you are willing to pay for them and not for the price the store tells you to pay. This video highlights 4 simple lessons that will allow you to do just that.

Lesson #1: BOGO = Buy One Get One Free

BOGO sales includes a little bit of everything, from groceries, to pet supplies, even health and beauty supplies.
These cycles run every 6-8 weeks.

Buying all your non-perishable items when they’re one sale allows to cut your grocery bill almost in half.

Lesson #2: Use Coupons

The best bang for your coupon buck, is to combine your in store promotions and BOGO sales with your coupons.

Lesson #3: Use Publix Coupons

Publix will allow you to use one store coupon and one manufacturer’s coupon on each item that you buy, even if they’re on sale, even if they’re BOGO.

You can find these coupons at the front of the store, in strategic locations throughout the store (like the pharmacy and the baby aisle), and often in your Sunday paper.

Don’t forget to check – they have coupons under the “Coupon” tab, and also through their various Publix Clubs.

Lesson #4: Use Competitor’s Coupons

Competition is fierce and Publix, as well as many other stores, will allow you to use their competitor’s coupons in place of their own store coupon.

You can stack this competitor’s coupon with a manufacturers’ coupon on each item you buy.

Who they accept as a competitor is up to your local store. So check at the manager’s desk.

Any nearby grocery and/or pharmacies are usually accepted. Just be sure to ask first.

What’s your best couponing tip?

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  1. 1

    I love to save and bogo are my favorite kind of sale. Great info here, Jen! Thanks for sharing. I know you must be very proud of your grocery haul. :)

    • 2

      My kids are thankful I’ve finally stopped showing off my purchases! Not that they complain when I get a great deal on something they love…

  2. 3

    Publix has quickly become my favorite place to shop. I have gotten some smokin’ deals there. Great tips!

  3. 5

    Always a pleasure to hear your voice, Jen! Great video on couponing. :)

  4. 7

    Great advice! I always clip coupon and try to combine them with sales, but I didn’t know I could use competitor’s store coupons – will have to try!

  5. 8

    Thanks for some great tips! The one coupon thing I do is to force myself not to use coupons on things I normally don’t buy. Sometimes the best way to save money is not to spend it at all. :)

  6. 10

    Great post! Love the new features on the blog – the video, the welcome message. Gets better every time I come back. Keep it up!

  7. 12

    I wish I had a Publix – I need to do a better job of using coupons and the store deals

  8. 13

    I love Publix. We do takee advantage of the bogo sales, but we arent good about coups! Thanks for the tips!

  9. 14

    Well done!!!!

  10. 15

    These are great tips–I am a fiend about stockpiling when something is on sale, whereas my husband is much more “I’ll just buy what looks good when I want it” in his philosophy.

  11. 16

    I love coupons and try to hit up the sales whenever possible. I never get down to nothing but even when I save $10 I am so happy. A penny is a penny in my book and I am always happy to have a few extra.

  12. 18

    You are amazing, Jen!!! Thanks for the great tips!

  13. 19

    GREAT tips and I have done the same thing! Publix is great about coupons and taking competitors coupons! LOVE that store!

  14. 20

    Oh my gosh, what a great post! Love your tips!! I really need to start implementing these into my regular grocery shopping habits. Thanks for sharing such great info!

  15. 22

    Our groceries stores do not allow you to apply more than one coupon per purchase, I’ve tried that, doesn’t matter if it is a store coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon, they do not allow it.

    I always use coupons and I always use them on sales items (I rarely buy anything not on sale) but if the store’s policies will not allow it, you can’t do it. period

  16. 23

    Couponing is not the same here in Canada. It stinks. I tried doing it. I can occasionally get some deals but as a whole most places won’t take most coupons. You are not allowed to bring more than one. There’s no bonus days. It really stinks and I want to move to the states. Lol!

    • 24

      That would stink! We’ve got one store that does a double coupon day once a month. You can use 20 coupons up to $1.98, so like $4 off 20 items. It’s awesome!

  17. 25

    I am just starting to really get a handle on my coupons. I don’t have Publix but I use RedPlum and the coupons from the How To Shop For Free site. Now, I just have to get my husband not to freak out so much when I try using the stock pile method. Thanks for the tips! And thanks for your comment.

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