Unemployed, Shopping with Coupons, Groupons, Buy One Get One Free, and Store Brands

If you’re unemployed, shopping with coupons, Groupons, buy one get one free, and store brands can get you some great food and save you a lot of money. It’s always good to find ways to save money on food. But when you’re unemployed and looking for ways to stretch your food dollars, using coupons and Groupon, buying in store specials, and getting free food is the way to go. Groceries can take a big bite out of any budget but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are plenty of opportunities to save on food if you know where to look. You can even get free food in some cases. This takes some detailed planning but it can be well worth it if you really get into it and do it right. Some shoppers take these ideas to the nth degree and get shopping baskets full of free food. In any case, these are some great ways to stretch your food dollar whether you’re unemployed or not.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics in an article released October 7, 2011, reported that nonfarm payroll employment moved up slightly by 103,000 in September, and the unemployment rate stayed at 9.1 percent. The increase in employment was attributed mostly to the return to payrolls of about 45,000 telecommunications workers who were out on strike in August. These numbers haven’t changed much in quite some time. At least not enough to make a difference to unemployed consumers that need to provide food for their families.

One way to combat being out of work and needing to provide food for the family is through couponing. Couponing has been around for a long time and has saved many smart shoppers a pretty penny. There are some pretty interesting and even funny YouTube videos about extreme couponers that get shopping baskets full of free food or they get it for just a few dollars. There’s even one video where a couponer relates a news story about a woman that was supposedly banned from Walmart for life over a run-in over coupons. Coupons are a great way to save money especially if you combine them with in store specials like a buy one get one free. But when you’re trying to use a coupon and it’s not being accepted for whatever reason, be nice to the store associate. It’s probably not there fault anyway and rudeness on your part will only make the situation worse.

Wikipedia defines Groupon as a “deal-of-the-day website that features discounted gift certificates usable at local or national companies.” Groupon is a word made by combining the words “coupon” and “group”. The company came up with the term based on the business model of Groupon making deals with groups of businesses to offer print and clip coupons or “Groupon” deals to consumers on the Groupon website. Groupon advertises these deals as 50 – 90 % off at local retailers. Some of these deals are for discounts at local restaurants where you can get good food at a good price. It may not be free food but a 50 – 90 % off discount is the next best thing. To get Groupons sent to you via email, just go to the Groupon website and sign up. When you receive your Groupon in your email, you can print it and clip or pull it up on your mobile phone to redeem it in store. You can also go to the Groupon website to see their “Deal of the Day” in your area. This is a great way to eat at good restaurants and get a break from the Roma Noodles diet.

Buying store brands is another way to get food when you’re unemployed without busting the budget. Some store brands are just as good as the name brands that you pay more for. Some people say the store brand comes from the same batch as the name brand but you pay more for the name brand to pay for the nice packaging and marketing campaigns.

I already mentioned buying buy one get one free items at the grocery store. This is a no-brainer because it’s buying for half price. That’s a great deal whether you’re unemployed or not.

There are also some websites that offer free food and personal items that you get through the mail. Ilovefreestuff.com is an example of a website were you sign up to get free things in the mail. But you have to make sure you read the fine print before you sign up on these websites. Free doesn’t always mean free so watch out for hidden cost. If you try this, try to find a company that promises not to send you tons of junk mail and won’t sell you personal information.

During times of unemployment, shopping with coupons, Groupons, buy one get one free, and store brands can get you some great food and save you a lot of money. This is money that can be applied to other needs. Take some time to plan to use these tips and take advantage of some great food for you and your loved ones.