VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A couponing class is being held Tuesday night in Virginia Beach to help people learn how to cut down on their grocery bills.
It will be held from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Windsor Woods Area Library located on S. Plaza Trail.
Roz Willis will go over organizing coupons, how to use them effectively and different policies at area stores.
Willis says if you really put forth effort, you can save as much as eighty percent off your grocery bill but even a little effort can cut your bill by thirty to fifty percent.
If you'd like to attend Tuesday night's class, you can register for the free by clicking here.
If you're not able to attend the class, Willis gave News3 a couple tips that don't even require coupons.
- shop sales - Instead of making your grocery list first and then going shopping, figure out what's on sale and buy your groceries based on that.
- use loyalty cards - You often need them to get a store's sales price and they're free.
- ask the store's butcher when they do mark downs - When their meat is marked down, stock up and freeze the extras.
If you're ready to add coupons into the mix, there are a lot of websites that can help you out.
"Pick your favorite store and then google coupon match ups, so it might be for example 'Target coupon match ups' or 'Farm Fresh coupon match ups,' and you'll find blogs where people have dedicated their time to going over that sales flyer for you every week, listing the price of every item that's on sale, and then matching every coupon that's available for that product, so they've actually done all the work, all you have to do is a couple clicks to read the list, clip a couple coupons and you're on your way," Willis told News3.
Willis says the more effort you make, the more you'll save, but she also advises that you be realistic. Do what you have time for, and don't let it take over your life.