I receive emails like this constantly and thought it'd be helpful to open it up to all of you to answer!
Q: My family will be moving to Utah in a few weeks and I'm hoping to continue using coupons when I grocery shop. I'm wondering if you can answer a few questions for me. What stores are the best to shop at? Are there any that double or triple coupons? Is there a certain day of the week I should shop? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
A. I'm going to make a blanket statement here that you should know and understand: Couponing in Utah is very different.
I'll explain. Compared to the rest of the nation, Utah has triple to quadruple the number of couponers. That's a lot of people all trying to get the same deals. Not only that, but Utahans have larger families, so people are buying in larger quantities. For those reasons we have virtually no opportunities to double or triple coupons. Occasionally, Kmart does offer double a select number of coupons, however their prices are so inflated, it doesn't usually amount to many good deals. Smith's does round low value coupons to $1 a few times a year. Those events are for a limited time and the deals fly off the shelves! During those events, our savings usually increases by about 20-30% though, so they're worth participating in.
Most areas of the nation offer paid services that will match up your grocery store sales with coupons. Thankfully, here in Utah, that service is often FREE! I use Grocery Smarts. You can read more about how to use Grocery Smarts' service here.
As far as favorite stores, I think most would agree that overall, Smith's is the favorite store in Utah. You can read more about Smith's savings card here. I also like Winco, Macey's, Walmart and RiteAid.
In regards to what day to shop, really I suggest any day but Wednesday. Lots of people here in Utah shop on Wednesday, but that's the one day I try and avoid! In most cases, the new sale begins Wednesday and I like to give the store the chance to get all the sale items marked and all the kinks worked out before shopping.
Don't let any of this discourage you though! You can still manage to save at least 50% at the grocery store each time you shop!
Do you have any thoughts on how couponing in Utah is different? Leave a comment- I'd love to hear your tips and suggestions!