From coupon sites that allow you to print out online-only offers to use at your local grocery store to recipe sites that offer ideas for stretching ingredients (and dollars), you can find plenty of ways to tighten your belt. Here are a few of our favorite sites for saving money on food:
Couponmom.com – This site is a veritable buffet of savings, but what makes it a winner for grocery shopping is that you can search for and find deals by state or by chain. The featured coupons are from national chains like Target to regional ones like Publix, which serves several southeastern states.
RetailMeNot.com – Another site that offers a variety of ways to save in a number of categories, RetailMeNot features printable coupons by product category. For added savings, you can enter your zip code and look for deals specific to your region.
Recipes.com – Yes, recipe websites are a dime a dozen, but what sets this one apart is that every recipe is tied to coupons and specials at supermarkets near you. Find the recipe you want to try and the site will tell you what needed ingredients are on sale at a nearby grocery store. This site can help you confirm that a recipe fits into your food budget for the month.
AARP.com – What’s that, you say? Isn’t AARP an organization for seniors? Yes, it is, but members can access special deals, coupons and offers online, including grocery coupons. If you’re of age to join, and on a fixed income, the coupon savings are an added bonus to your membership.