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Best Printable Coupon Websites for Groceries – Our Real-World Test

Every time I read a blog about extreme couponing, I’m in awe at the author’s grocery shopping skills. By “stacking” coupons with sales, these super shoppers manage to save over 50% on every item they buy.

But when I try to copy their strategies, I can never pull it off. In any given week, I’m lucky if I can find just one or two of these fabulous deals on an item I need. And even finding those deals takes a lot of work — first gathering coupon inserts, then laboriously cross-checking them against my local supermarkets’ sale fliers to look for deals that stack. For the few dollars I manage to save, it just doesn’t seem worth the effort.

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From time to time, I’ve come across couponing sites that promise to make this process easier. The idea is that their staff members do the work of matching sales with coupons so you don’t have to.

However, when I tried these sites personally, I found they didn’t always work as they claimed. Some of them are so poorly organized it’s hard to find any deals that work. Others are easy to search, but the deals they find aren’t always there when you show up at the store.

So I decided to do a head-to-head test of all the coupon sites I could find and see which one could find me the best savings on a basket of groceries at my local supermarkets. I’d compare them all based on features, accuracy, and ease of use and figure out once and for all which coupon site is the best of the bunch.

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Setting Up the Test

I wanted to find as many sites to test as possible, so I started out by running a few searches on terms like “coupon sites” and “grocery stacking deals.” My goal was to find sites that could do all of the following:

  • Find Stacking Deals. I was looking specifically for sites that did one particular thing: matching up grocery sales with coupons. I ignored other sites related to couponing, such as coupon-clipping services and price-comparison sites.
  • Search Multiple Stores. I wanted a site that could help me find the best deals across all the supermarkets in my area. I didn’t consider sites that focus on one particular store, such as I Heart Publix.
  • Include Stores in My Area. I wanted to be able to check out the deals I found personally, comparing them to the store fliers and, if possible, to the prices in the store itself. Since I live in the northeast, I had to rule out the popular Southern Savers, which looks specifically for deals in Dixie.
  • Are Still in Business. I was surprised to learn that one of the best-known couponing sites, The Grocery Game, shut down in 2016. However, posts on social media complaining about this site’s disappearance helped direct me to a couple of other sites that do the same job.

After some fairly extensive searching, I found four sites that met all my criteria. My plan was to visit each site and search for stacking deals on five items I buy regularly: breakfast cereal, orange juice, canned soup, my favorite brand of conditioner, and oxygen bleach. I deliberately didn’t include any fresh foods on the list, such as produce or eggs, since coupons for those are so rare.

After getting a list of deals from each site, I’d check them against my own piles of supermarket sale fliers and coupon inserts to make sure they were legit. Then I’d evaluate each site based on how easy it was to search, how many deals it found, and how accurate those deals were. I’d rate each site on a 5-point scale for ease of use, accuracy, and value, then average the scores to come up with a total score.

Here’s how it turned out.

CouponMom

There’s a lot going on at CouponMom. This free site has a large database of printable coupons from various sources, such as Procter & Gamble, Red Plum, and SmartSource. There are also multiple tools to search for stacking deals. You can look for grocery, drugstore, state-specific, store-specific, and item-specific deals.

Ease of Use

The landing page for CouponMom is pretty cluttered. There’s text highlighting specific deals, links to news and how-to videos, and search boxes to find coupons or deals on a particular item. Amid all this chaos, it’s hard to figure out where to go first. Since I was looking for five specific items, I decided to start with the box labeled “search for deals,” where you can search for a product by name.

I typed in the first item on my list, cereal, and got a list of dozens of cereal deals at different stores all across the country. To see the details of these deals, I had to sign in to an account, but setting one up was free and took only a few seconds. I selected a promising-looking cereal deal and clicked on it, and the site displayed a page showing all the particulars: the dates of the sale, the sale price of the item, the quantity I’d have to buy to get that price, the available coupons and rebates, the final price, and the percentage saved. By clicking “Select this deal,” I could add the item to my shopping list.

Working my way through my whole shopping list took a bit of effort. The search box was only available on the main page, so I had to keep going back there to enter each new item. The site also kept popping up a new browser tab each time I selected a new deal.

After a bit of work, I was able to find deals on all the items on my list. However, these five items were on sale at four different stores, and the site insisted on creating a separate shopping list for each store. It was less convenient than being able to store all my deals in a single, printable list.

Each individual list had several columns showing the details of the deal in a sort of shorthand form, which was somewhat confusing. The site provided a key for some of the abbreviations, but it didn’t explain its notations for newspaper coupons. I had to watch the instructional video to learn that “S” stands for SmartSource, “RP” for Red Plum, and “PG” for Procter & Gamble.

On the plus side, CouponMom provided direct links to all the printable online coupons it found, which was handy.

Ease-of-Use Score: 3 out of 5

Accuracy

Of the five deals CouponMom found for me, two weren’t stacking deals. The site just showed me where the items happened to be on sale and what the sale price was. I could have found this info on my own just by leafing through the store flier, but CouponMom made the deals slightly easier to spot.

When I checked the sale prices CouponMom listed against the store circulars, they were mostly correct. A couple of them were off by a few cents, which was a little puzzling but not a big problem. And the coupons the site found from SmartSource were all right where it said they would be.

However, one of the deals on CouponMom’s list was, at best, questionable. The site claimedI could get $2.70 in cash back on oxygen bleach at Target because the store was offering a $15 gift card for spending $50 on “select household essentials.” CouponMom apparently figured that since the regular price of the bleach was $8.99, it would provide 17.9% of the required $50 in spending, and thus it should count as earning 15% of the $15 reward.

However, if I walk into Target and buy a container of bleach and nothing else, I won’t get this $15 reward. My final price will be $7.99 ($8.99 minus a $1 coupon), rather than the $5.49 CouponMom claimed. So this site loses one point for accuracy on account of its confusing math.

Accuracy Score: 4 out of 5

Value

CouponMom successfully found me deals on all five of my selected items. The final prices for these items were:

  • Cereal: $1.49 each for two boxes, 8.9 to 15.2 ounces each
  • Orange Juice: $2.50 for a 59-ounce bottle
  • Soup: $1.25 for an 18-to-19-ounce can
  • Conditioner: $13 for two 13-ounce bottles
  • Oxygen Bleach: $7.99 (the real price, not the claimed price) for a 3.5-pound container

These prices aren’t bad, but they aren’t much better than the prices I find on my own by shopping sales and buying store brands. To me, this doesn’t look much like extreme couponing. At best, it’s only mild to moderate couponing.

Value Score: 3 out of 5

Overall Score: 3.3 out of 5


Grocery Smarts

Like CouponMom, Grocery Smarts has two main features: printable coupons and searchable deals. Its coupons, for some reason, are sorted into four groups, with different brands in each group. Fortunately, the site helps you out by providing a list of the latest coupons from the past 10 days or so and telling you where to click to find each one.

Ease of Use

Searching for deals at Grocery Smarts was pretty simple. First, I clicked on the drop-down menu at the top of the page and asked to see deals in my state. The site then displayed a second drop-down menu with a list of stores to choose from.

Unfortunately, this list didn’t include any of the supermarkets where I normally shop. The only stores on the list were CVS, Dollar General, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart. Fortunately, this menu had an “All in one” option, which allowed me to see deals from all five of these stores on a single page. I then used the search feature on my browser to look for the items on my list.

Grocery Smarts presents its deals in one long list, sorted by store. There’s one column for the item, one for the sale price, one for the applicable coupon (if any), and one for the final price. Instead of showing the percent of the price you can save, Grocery Smarts simply rates each deal as 3 stars, 4 stars, “extreme,” or “free.”

The list also includes information about where to find the coupons you need for a given deal. If there’s a printable coupon, the site includes a link to it. If the coupon is in a newspaper insert, the site identifies the insert with an abbreviation, similar to the ones used on CouponMom, and the date. If there’s more than one available coupon for the same item, the site lists the item multiple times.

To use the site to create a shopping list, click the “Start” button and then highlight the specific deals you want. Once you’ve highlighted everything, click on “Shrink” to hide all the nonhighlighted lines. There’s also a field at the bottom to jot down notes on your shopping list before printing it, such as “Stock up on the soup.”

However, there’s one problem with this feature. If you’re searching through deals for multiple stores at once, hitting “Shrink” also removes the lines that tell you which store you’re looking at. You have to make a separate note of this information to remember where to find your deals. This glitch cost the site 1 point on its ease-of-use rating.

Ease-of-Use Score: 4 out of 5

Accuracy

Grocery Smarts found only three stacking deals for me. The first appeared to be correct: a two for $4 sale on cereal, with a $1 off two coupon from Smartsource that I’d already verified was there, for a final price of $1.50. The sale worked, the coupon worked, and the math worked.

However, the other two deals had problems. Grocery Smarts accurately identified a sale on soup for $1.95 per can, but it failed to note the store was also offering a digital coupon. With this coupon, you could buy two cans and get one free, for a final price of only $1.30 per can. If I’d relied solely on Grocery Smarts for my information, I wouldn’t have known about this offer, so I would probably have bought only one can for $1.95.

The other deal was the same sale-plus-coupon on oxygen bleach that I’d seen on CouponMom. However, Grocery Smarts said that the sale price on the bleach was either $8.99 or $6.29, without explaining how this was so. The site apparently used the lower of these two prices to calculate its final price of $5.29 with the coupon. However, the only price I could find for the bleach in Target’s sale flier was $8.99, so as far as I could tell, there was no way to get the price Grocery Smarts promised.

Accuracy Score: 2 out of 5

Value

I docked Grocery Smarts 2 points for value because it could only find deals on three of the five items on my list. And because it searches so few stores, the deals it did manage to find weren’t at the stores where I usually shop. Its final prices were:

  • Cereal: $1.50 each for two boxes, 8.9 to 13.8 ounces each
  • Orange Juice: No deals found
  • Soup: $1.95 for an 18.6-to-18.8-ounce can (this is the site’s listed price, not the one I found on my own)
  • Conditioner: No deals found
  • Oxygen Bleach: $7.99 (once again, this is the real price, not the claimed price) for a 3.5-pound container

These deals are even less impressive than the ones I found on CouponMom. This cost the site one more point on value, resulting in a weak final score.

Value Score: 2 out of 5

Overall Score: 2.7 out of 5


The Krazy Coupon Lady

When you visit The Krazy Coupon Lady (KCL), you see a long list of the latest hot deals at all kinds of stores. In addition to supermarkets and drugstores, this site covers department stores, restaurants, specialty stores, and even online deals at Amazon.com.

KCL provides lots of details about these featured deals, including photos and a couple of paragraphs of text. It also includes some handy extras, such as a list of coupons by brand, couponing guides, and a downloadable stock-up price list, which shows the rock-bottom prices for various staple items.

Ease of Use

The main way to search for deals on KCL is by store. You select a specific store from the drop-down menu at the top of the screen, and the site displays a list of the latest deals from that store. You can click on “weekly deals” to see stacking deals for this week, then use your browser’s search feature to look for individual items you want.

If you see a deal you want, click the check box next to it, and the site adds it to your list of saved deals. You can search for deals at several stores in a row and add all your selections to the same list. An icon in the upper right corner of the screen shows you how many deals you’re saving. Click on this icon and select “print” to print out your shopping list.

If you want to find deals on a specific product across all the stores in your area, type the product’s name into the search bar on the main page. When I entered “cereal,” the site displayed a list of the latest cereal deals from stores across the country. This list gave just the basic facts for each deal: the name of the store, the cereal brand, and the final price. Clicking on a specific deal displayed a more detailed description showing where to find the applicable coupons.

However, the full description often left out some important information. For instance, a description of a Walgreens cereal deal showed which cereal brands were on sale and the price per box but not how big the boxes were. That made it impossible to calculate the unit price, so I had no way to identify the best deal. This problem didn’t come up with every deal, but it was serious enough to cost this site 2 points.

On the plus side, KCL provides one piece of information most coupon sites don’t: a price comparison. For instance, when the site showed me a deal on Aldi’s canned soup, it included a note showing the price of a comparable soup at Walmart. But this information doesn’t show up on every deal.

Ease-of-Use Score: 3 out of 5

Accuracy

Since I couldn’t always find the unit price, I couldn’t be sure which deals on KCL were the best. So to test the site’s accuracy, I picked the most promising-looking ones off the list. I was only able to find deals on two of the five items on my list: cereal and soup.

The first cereal deal I checked out was from Rite Aid. The store’s sale flier confirmed that the sale price KCL listed was correct, but the site’s final price depended on the use of two different coupons. There was a printable coupon, which the site linked to, and one from a coupon insert called “RetailMeNot.” I don’t get this coupon insert delivered, and I wasn’t able to find a copy of the coupon on the RetailMeNot website, so I couldn’t verify this deal.

Since I couldn’t be sure about that deal, I also checked out a second cereal deal from CVS. I’d already seen this sale when I reviewed Grocery Smarts, so I knew the sale price was right. KCL paired the sale with a CVS ExtraCare coupon, which I was also able to verify. However, the site didn’t mention the SmartSource coupon Grocery Smarts found, so I docked it a point for that.

The only soup deal KCL found for me was a sale at Aldi, which didn’t require the use of a coupon. However, this deal was over four months old, so it likely wasn’t still valid.

Accuracy Score: 2 out of 5

Value

I spent a fair amount of time searching for deals on KCL without finding many I could use. I wasn’t able to find any deals on orange juice, conditioner, or oxygen bleach, despite the fact that both CouponMom and Grocery Smarts were able to find a stacking deal on the bleach. The one deal I found on soup was out of date, and one of the two cereal deals I found was iffy. Even if there is a coupon in the RetailMeNot insert, it’s of no use to me since I don’t receive it.

The only deal I found that I was able to verify was for cereal at CVS. The final price on this was $1.50 for an 8.9-ounce to 13.8-ounce box — not a bad price, but not a very impressive one. All in all, KCL didn’t find me a single deal I couldn’t find elsewhere, and it missed several deals that other sites found. Its final prices were:

  • Cereal: $1.50 for an 8.9-ounce to 13.8-ounce box
  • Orange Juice: No deals found
  • Soup: No deals found
  • Conditioner: No deals found
  • Oxygen Bleach: No deals found

Value Score: 1 out of 5

Overall Score: 2 out of 5


Living Rich with Coupons

Like KCL, Living Rich with Coupons (LRWC) displays a long list of recent deals on its main page. It includes offers from a wide variety of stores and online retailers, including Walgreens, Amazon, Target, and Facebook Marketplace. There are links at the top of the page for coupons, online deals, stores, and so on.

Ease of Use

This site allows you to search for deals in several ways. If you click “filter by state” on the landing page and select the name of your state, LRWC filters its long list of deals to include only those available in your area. You can also click on “stores” and select a store to see a list of that store’s weekly sale prices, including coupons you can stack with them.

To find deals on a specific item, such as cereal, you can click on the site’s Grocery Price Comparison tool and enter the item name in the search box. The site pulls up a list of all the stores that have deals on this item, and you click on the names of the stores you want to search.

LRWC then presents you with a list of all the stacking deals on this item at these stores, sorted by store. For every sale, it includes a lengthy list of all possible coupons that could stack with it. The site provides direct links to printable online coupons. For coupons in sale fliers, it lists the flier, the date, and the coupon’s expiration date. This last item is a handy extra feature most coupon sites don’t have.

However, I noticed one odd quirk in LRWC’s list: It didn’t provide the actual sale prices for every store in its list. For instance, it said CVS had a BOGO 50% (buy one, get one for 50% off) deal on conditioner, but it didn’t say what the regular price was.

Even when it did list the sale price, LRWC didn’t always crunch the numbers to tell you what the final price was after stacking the sale with a coupon. On some items, it included a note at the bottom of the entry saying, “As low as $1.50 each after coupon.” But when the list of possible coupons was particularly long, it didn’t do the math. These problems cost the site 1 point for ease of use.

When you click an item in the Grocery Price Comparison tool, the site adds it to your saved shopping list, which is visible on the right side of the screen. Clicking the print or email icon pulls up this list in a separate window. For each deal on your list, LRWC shows the name of the store, the item, the sale price, the quantity you need to buy to get a deal, and all possible coupons to pair with the sale.

You can edit the list before printing or emailing it to yourself. You can remove items you don’t want to see, such as coupons you don’t intend to use, or change the quantity of an item you want to buy. You can also manually add other items you didn’t find deals on, with or without handwritten notes.

Ease-of-Use Score: 4 out of 5

Accuracy

LRWC found deals for all five of the items on my list. Its cereal deal was from Dollar General: $2.50 per box, which could stack with any of six different coupons. The Dollar General sale flier confirmed the sale price, but it added one detail that LRWC had missed: a store coupon for $1 off on two boxes.

This oversight cost LRWC a point for accuracy. As for the coupons, all of them came from sources I didn’t have access to, such as RetailMeNot. As a result, I can’t say whether LRWC’s stacking deals on these items would or wouldn’t work.

A second deal LRWC found was flat-out wrong. It claimed that orange juice was on sale for $1.88 at Stop & Shop when the real price listed in the store flier was two for $5. That cost the site another point.

All the other deals LRWC found were accurate. Two were sales that didn’t involve a coupon, which I was able to confirm in the stores’ sales circulars. The third was the Target deal on oxygen bleach that I’d already seen on both CouponMom and Grocery Smarts. Unlike these other sites, LRWC correctly put the real final price of the item at $7.99.

Accuracy Score: 3 out of 5

Value

LRWC gets middling results for value. The best final price it found on cereal was $1.75 a box, which is only so-so. If it had managed to spot the $1-off-two coupon, it would have reduced the final price to $1.25, but I wouldn’t have known about this deal if I’d been relying solely on LWRC. The site also gets no credit for finding me a $1.88 price on orange juice that doesn’t exist. The rest of the deals LRWC found were also just OK.

LWRC’s final prices were:

  • Cereal: No deals found
  • Orange Juice: No deals found
  • Soup: $1.50 per can (size not shown)
  • Conditioner: $13 for two bottles (size not shown, but it’s usually 13 ounces)
  • Oxygen Bleach: $7.99 for a 3.5-pound container

The site deserves credit for correctly calculating the final price on the bleach, but the price itself is nothing to get excited about.

Value Score: 3 out of 5

Overall Score: 3.3 out of 5


Final Word

Of the four sites I tested, CouponMom and Living Rich With Coupons tied for the best overall score. LWRC was easier to use, while CouponMom did a better job of calculating final prices correctly. But neither of these sites was the perfect coupon-stacking resource I was hoping to find. The best stacking deals they uncovered were no better than the prices I usually get on my own without coupons.

Of course, what works for me isn’t necessarily what will work for you. If your local stores have better sales than mine, or if you regularly buy more items that you can find coupons for, these coupon sites could save you some significant money. If you’d like to give them a try, I suggest using LRWC first to find coupon deals, then heading over to CouponMom to double-check them. If a deal you found on LRWC also shows up at CouponMom, you can be reasonably certain it will work when you get to the cash register.

Speaking for myself, I think I’ll stick to other methods for saving money on groceries. Between my grocery price book, my store loyalty cards, and buying store brands (especially at discount stores like Aldi), I think I can find prices good enough to give the extreme couponers a run for their money.

Have you tried using a website or app to find coupon stacking deals? How well did it work for you?

Amy Livingston
Amy Livingston is a freelance writer who can actually answer yes to the question, "And from that you make a living?" She has written about personal finance and shopping strategies for a variety of publications, including ConsumerSearch.com, ShopSmart.com, and the Dollar Stretcher newsletter. She also maintains a personal blog, Ecofrugal Living, on ways to save money and live green at the same time.

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