Dear Jill: I am a big believer in and user of coupons and never miss your column. I never know when I might learn something new! In your column about coupons for fresh meat, one thing you forgot to mention is that while coupons for fresh meat are often hard to come by (except for name brands), the meat counter at the grocery store will often put coupons on meat that is getting close to the sell-by date. I will buy marked-down meat items and put them in my freezer for later use if it’s not something I can use right away. Yes, meat is still the largest part of my food budget expense-wise, but at least this way I feel like I've saved what I can and we still can enjoy meat or poultry most nights of the week. — Ann T.
Fantastic tip! I love picking up close-to-expiring meats at a discount, too. Two of my area supermarkets mark their meat down differently. One puts “peelie” coupons on the top for two, three or four dollars off, depending on how close the meat is to the best-buy date. The other simply reduces the price on the label. Either way, it’s a great way to bring the price down on meats. It never hurts to ask your store’s meat market if there are certain days that they drop the prices. Then you’ll know when to stop by and increase your odds of scoring some great deals!
Jill Cataldo Jill Cataldo, a coupon workshop instructor, writer and mother of three, never passes up a good deal. Learn more about Super-Couponing at her website, www.jillcataldo.com. Email your own couponing victories and questions to email@example.com.